Master Gardeners to host annual Open House July 13

Day includes workshops, children's activities, plant sale and raffle
Master Gardener Bob Williams joins other volunteers to spruce up the demonstration garden at the Carvel Center in Georgetown before the annual Open House is held July 13. SOURCE SUBMITTED
July 7, 2013

The Master Gardeners of Sussex County will host their annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13, in the demonstration gardens behind the Carvel Center at 16483 County Seat Highway (Route 9) in Georgetown. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be activities for children, including a Peter Rabbit puppet show, as well as demonstrations on gardening and related topics. Learn about pollinators and bees. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and provide information about the various sections of the garden that exhibit trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables that do well in Delaware. The popular plant sale will be located in the picnic grove.

The public is invited to stroll through the paths that link special areas - a children’s garden, a sensory garden, an annual/perennial border, a native plant garden, a shade garden and more - or sit on one of the benches and watch the insects and wildlife interact with the setting.

For children, this year's highlights include Insect Safari, hunting for the creatures that live in the backyard. All are invited to bring cameras. Also for children are a scavenger hunt; a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Turtle, courtesy of Delaware Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators; and scheduled performances of Peter Rabbit and Farmer McGregor

Educational workshop topics and times include: 10 a.m., Accessible Gardening: Learn How to Garden Smart, Garden Easy; 11 a.m., What are Invasive Plants and How Do You Control Them? and 1 p.m., Hostas!

Master Gardeners will also raffle items such as a garden gift basket, a coffee table book, hypertufa planted with succulents and a garden kneeler.

Master Gardeners are members of the community who have received extensive training in order to extend the home garden outreach of Delaware Cooperative Extension. Information also is available at

It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin.