New Castle County Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Volunteer Educators (MGs) distribute research-based information from the UD and the horticulture industry to home gardeners.  Outreach efforts include Workshops and Presentations, Youth EducationThe Garden Line and Plant Diagnostic Service, and Demonstration Gardens.

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Fall into the Garden…

with the Delaware Master Gardeners is BACK!  Our second annual Fall into the Garden is scheduled for Saturday, October 6 from 9 am to 1 pm in the NCC Extension Office and Demonstration Gardens.  This year’s program will feature a hands-on pruning demonstration, successful tree selection for our northern Delaware landscapes, and home gardener favorite, beginner backyard composting.  Continental breakfast will be served at registration, and we’ll be scooping farm fresh UDairy ice cream during the early afternoon break.  Register by September 20th for $22; after the 20th for $25.


8:15 am- 8:50 am     Registration/Check-In, Continental Breakfast

8:50 am- 9 am           Welcome, Opening Remarks

9 am- 10 am                Get it Hot, Let it Rot!  Save the planet!  Stop filling up the landfill! You’ve heard the cry, now join the battle.  Save money and enrich your soil all while you sit back and watch (well, practically).  Composting is Mother Nature’s version of recycling.  Learn the “ins and outs” of composting: how, what, and why you compost.  Use your kitchen scraps and yard waste to grow better plants and cut down your weekly output of garbage.

10 am- 10:15 am        Break

10:15 am- 11:15 am   Tree Selection for Delaware  This presentation will focus on tree species and cultivars that are suitable for planting in Delaware.  There will also be a discussion about the importance of native tree species in our local ecosystems and problems caused by invasive tree species and introduced insect pests.

11:15 am- 11:45 am   UD Creamery, Break

11:45 am- 12:45 pm   Fall Pruning with Confidence  Learn how and when to prune your trees and shrubs for growth, vigor, and attractiveness.  Pruning tools and maintenance are reviewed and demonstrated.  Bring your work gloves and hand pruners so we can teach you how and where to cut.  We will be outdoors in the demonstration garden for part of this session, weather permitting.

12:45 pm- 1 pm           Raffle, Free time with Master Gardener Experts


Visit our Teaching Gardens

Our teaching and demonstration gardens are in full GROW mode!  Visit with Master Gardeners in the garden during their work days throughout the growing season.  Want to learn how to grow your own food?  Visit our food, vegetable and fruit, garden on Monday mornings.  Want to learn how to select native plants for your own garden and landscape?  Visit our native plant garden on Wednesday mornings.  For more information contact Carrie Murphy, or 302-831-2506.