A Day in the Garden – Sussex County Open House

Get Outside and Have Fun!

Join us Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Event and parking is free!
Come see TWO model trains in our garden! Thomas the Tank Engine will be one. A special thank you to Delmarva Model Railroad Club.
Bring the kids! Thomas is coming to our open house!
Newly established meadows like this one  are on display!

Join Delaware Master Gardeners and explore the multitude of benefits a garden can bestow! Exercise with a leisurely stroll.  Relax on a bench and observe our many pollinators and birds! Delight in watching children discover a garden toad or spot a fish in the pond. Take deep breaths and soak in the aromas  of our fragrant annual and perennial show stoppers! Catch up with a friend under a shade tree! Bring your curiosity along with your camera and capture the astounding flora and fauna that call our garden home. Be dazzled by the new meadows we’ve established for pollinators!

Come visit our garden for inspiration on how to create your own special outside oasis! We can help you create that happy place! Get ideas for backyard fun and games for the whole family. Be creative and help us create a kindness rock garden. Channel the child inside you and join little ones as they hopscotch through our special children’s sensory garden.  Shop the plant sale!  Attend our free mini-workshops (see below).  Enjoy ice cream from the UDairy Creamery’s Moo Mobile (free to children under 16 with a coupon from Farmer McGregor). We have plenty of seating and shady spots in the garden to enjoy. We hope to see you there!

Registration to attend is not necessary! This event is Rain or Shine!

FIVE Mini-Workshops!  They’re Free!

  • 10:00 a.m. – Worm Composting with Judy Pfister
  • 10:30 a.m. – Salsa Demonstration with Ana Dittel
  • 11:00 a.m. – New to Delaware with panel:
    • Bob Williams
    • Susan Trone
    • Tracy Mulveny
  • 12:00 Noon – Art in the Garden with Tina & Bunny
  • 1:00 p.m. – Good Bug/Bad Bug Walk with David Owens, UD Entomologist

Events this year include:

  • Grow healthy foods in a vegetable garden
  • We’ve created incredible meadows! Small or large, learn how a meadow can enhance your landscape or open space!
  • The perfect patio: In 2016 it was a “man cave!” 2017 it was all about “Thinking Pink!” For 2018 it was a restful meditation garden. For 2019…???
  • UDairy Creamery Ice Cream available for sale from the MooMobile! (Free to children who attend the Master Gardener puppet show!)
  • Ask an Expert – Sick Plant Clinic
  • Our popular home-grown plant sale
  • Raffle and Door Prizes

Special Children Events

  •  The international award winning “The Misadventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor’s Garden” will show at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Kids, ask Farmer McGregor for a coupon for free ice cream!
  • Art in the Garden – a hands-on activity!

Come see what we’ve designed, planted and cultivated. There is a lot new this year! Do you have a plant that’s under the weather, or not cooperating with the weather? Bring it to our Sick Plant Clinic. Visit our plant sale and take home a new plant to enjoy in your garden!

Aerial view of garden
In 2017 we added an ADA walkway. You’ll be delighted by what you find along this path

The University of Delaware will have photographers to take pictures for promotional efforts. If you do not want your picture taken, please notify a Master Gardener or UD Extension staff.

See you on Saturday, July 13, 2019!