2014 Delaware Cooperative Extension Horticulture Short Courses

The following Horticulture Short Courses are being offered by UD Extension in 2014:

2014 Ornamental Horticulture Short Courses [PDF] Download here.

Sustainable Landscaping in Community Open Spaces, FREE

Saturday, February 8, 9 AM – 1 PM, Credits: 2 Nutrient, 1 Pest., 1 CNP
Register with Carol Hrupsa, (302) 730-4000 or carolm@udel.edu

Kent County Extension Office
69 Transportation Circle, Dover 19901                           

If you are a member of a local homeowner association or just interested in maintaining neighborhood open spaces, stormwater management, non-native invasive plants and/or backyard habitat wildlife management – this workshop is for you.  Pre-registration by February 5.  Instructors:  Sue Barton, Bill McAvoy, and Dot Abbott

Invasive Species Identification and Management, $25                                   

Friday, March 7, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Credits: 3 Pest., 1 CNP

An Adobe Connect conference at the New Castle County Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, and at the Sussex County Extension Office, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.  Register for one location only.  For Sussex location register with Tracy Wootten, (302) 856-7303 or wootten@udel.edu OR NCC location with Carrie Murphy, (302) 831-2506, cjmurphy@udel.edu .                                               

Learn how to identify problem invasive plants in natural areas and home landscapes.  Discuss appropriate control recommendations and strategies for these plants.  Learn which invasive insects are currently problems, and which insects are potential new problems, in Delaware.  Instructors:  Susan Barton, Brian Kunkel, Brian O’Neill

Christmas Tree Workshop, $15

Wednesday, May 14, 4 – 6 PM, Credits:  1 Pest., 1 CNP
Spence’s Christmas Tree Farm
19 Ruyter Drive, Frederica, DE 19946

Take Rt 113 to Barratt’s Chapel Rd to McGinnis Pond Rd

Register with Carol Hrupsa (302) 730-4000 or carolm@udel.edu .

Learn about arthropods and disease problems of Christmas trees using hands-on observation of plants and specimens.  Instructors:  Nancy Gregory and Brian Kunkel

Pest & Beneficial Insect Walks, $15                                                                                          

Wednesday, June 18, 4 – 6 PM, Credits:  2 Pest., 1 CNP
Sussex County Extension Office, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, register with Tracy Wootten, (302) 856-7303 or wootten@udel.edu

Wednesday, June 25, 4 – 6 PM, Credits:  2 Pest., 1 CNP
UD Botanic Gardens, 531 S College Avenue, Newark (meet outside Fischer Greenhouse), register with Carrie Murphy, (302) 831-2506, cjmurphy@udel.edu

Tour the grounds of the UDBG in Newark OR the Sussex County Extension Office in Georgetown to identify insects, diseases, and beneficial insects in the landscape.  Instructors:  Nancy Gregory, Brian Kunkel, Carrie Murphy, and Tracy Wootten

Disease & Insect Identification Workshop, $15

Wednesday, July 9, 4 – 6 PM, Credits:  2 Pest., 1 CNP
Townsend Hall, 531 S College Avenue, Newark, register with Carrie Murphy, (302) 831-2506, cjmurphy@udel.edu

Learn what signs and symptoms the Extension Specialists use to identify pests and diseases! Tips and techniques will be shared. Fresh and preserved specimens will be available to look at using hand lenses and microscopes.  Instructors:  Nancy Gregory, Brian Kunkel

Delaware Cooperative Extension is willing to come to you!

We’d like to make continuing education training as easy as possible for you and your staff. If you have 10 or more people, we will conduct a workshop at your site. Here are the topics we are suggesting for 2014:

Soil Health: Soil improvement is an ongoing process – discover options available to you. This session will cover soil amendments with the emphasis on compost! Instructors: Carrie Murphy, Tracy Wootten

HORT 101: Learn the basics of landscape management. This course is a good starting point in studying for the Certified Nursery Professional exam or a good way to expose new employees to the foundations of landscaping. Instructor: Susan Barton

Landscaping with an Environmental Focus: Shift your focus from traditional high-maintenance landscapes to natural, low-maintenance and environmentally sensitive landscapes. Instructors: Susan Barton, Carrie Murphy

Arthropod Abundance: Learn about some management options of the most common arthropods encountered in the landscape, nursery, or greenhouses. Take the time to learn how to I.D. beneficial arthropods from damaging pests and those nuisance or incidental pests. Instructor: Brian Kunkel

Make Your Hiring Efforts Count: Are your employees meeting your expectations? Clear, concise job descriptions help both employers and potential employees ensure a good match, and provide a benchmark to measure job performance.  Instructor: Valann Budischak

Make Your Own Workshop: If there is a topic you want to offer to your staff, contact us and we will try to work with you on developing a workshop that meets your needs.

Cost is $50, plus $10/person. Scheduling is based on availability of the instructor with expertise in the topic you choose. Pesticide and/or nutrient management credits may be available, depending on the course(s) selected. Contact your local County Extension Agent: Carrie Murphy, (302-831-2506), New Castle County and Tracy Wootten, (302-856-7303), Sussex County.