Kent County Master Gardener Summer Workshops

The Kent County Master Gardeners are planning a series of workshops for the community from June through August. Classes are free unless otherwise stated and held at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Office, Paradee Center, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover or the Delaware State Outreach & Research Center, 884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna, DE.  Contact the Extension Office at 302-730-4000 to register. The schedule is as follows:

Using Dry Set/Laid Walls & Walkways to Enhance your Landscape

Wednesday, June 8, 2016  6:30-7:30 p.m. at the U.D. Paradee Center  

This free presentation will focus on how to build dry set/laid walls and walkways. All steps from preparing the site to planting various plants to enhance your landscape will be discussed by Kent County Master Gardener, Dr. Chris Malone. The benefits of dry set/laid walls and walkways make this type of landscape project ideal for all types of sites and can be completed by many individuals.

Attracting Hummingbirds to your Yard

Tuesday, July 12, 2016  1-2 p.m. at the U.D. Paradee Center 

The right types of flowers and insects are top hummingbirds’ menus. Did you know that our sugar water feeders are only a supplement to them? Insects, as their only protein food source, are critical to the survival of both adult and baby hummingbirds. In this free workshop, Kent County Master Gardener, Linda Sperry, will speak about hummingbirds, the correct feeder and plant sites, what plants attract hummingbirds, and recommended native plants. You’ll see examples of how attracting these friendly tiny birds can have a hugely positive impact on your yard and the wildlife habitat.

Hardy Succulents in the Landscape

Wednesday, July 20, 2016   1-2 p.m. at the U.D. Paradee Center

Succulents have gained popularity in recent years with their gorgeous shapes and colors as well as their drought tolerant qualities. How can we bring these unusual and charming plants into the daily lives of our gardens where we can share our world with them? In this free workshop, Kent County Master Gardener, Julie Lewis, will cover the different varieties available, placement in your landscape and their needs to thrive in our environment.

Freezing Foods Effrectively

Tuesday, August 2, 2016  1-2:30 p.m. at the U.D. Paradee Center

Freezing foods is an effective tool to preserve goods both from the market or your garden. Join Maria Pippidis, New Castle County Director & University of Delaware Extension Educator, for this free workshop to review the strategies for freezing a vareity of foods while keeping food safety in mind.