Demonstration and Display Gardens

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The Master Gardeners design and maintain gardens and a compost demonstration site for the purpose of teaching good horticultural practices.  Stop by our demonstration site at the Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Road in Newark, to learn more about growing fruit and vegetables, composting and plants native to our region.

Native Plant Teaching Garden:

Designed to create an awareness of the cumulative environmental benefits that can be achieved through the use of native plants by providing an aesthetically pleasing demonstration garden easily adaptable to the home landscape.  The garden consists of different niches, each planted with material appropriate for the site:  a butterfly garden, bio-retention system (rain garden), meadow, foundation plantings, shrubs and paths, and perennial border.

Fruit and Vegetable Teaching Garden, and Compost Demonstration Site:

Designed for outreach to homeowners who want to learn how to compost, and grow fruit and vegetables in a small space.

The compost site includes a 3-bin system, 2 black plastic hoop bins, a chicken wire bin, a garbage can composter, and a leaf composting area, to show workshop, open house, and other audiences best practices for composting.

The fruit and vegetable garden has been designed to show first time vegetable gardeners how to grow vegetables in raised beds, perfect for small spaces.  This garden demonstrates:

    • Composting techniques.
    • Planting perennials that will attract beneficial insects to your vegetable garden to help combat insect pests.
    • Raised bed vegetable gardening.
    • Gardening in small spaces; growing vertically.
    • Cool and warm season vegetable production.
    • Strawberry, raspberry and blackberry, blueberry, and gooseberry production.
    • Sustainable growing techniques such as maintaining a healthy soil, integrated pest management (IPM), water conservation, companion and succession planting.

All produce harvested from the Master Gardeners’ Vegetable Garden is donated to the Food Bank of Delaware as part of the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign.  Each year approximately 900 pounds of fresh produce is donated!