A Day in the Garden

We are easy to find! 

Carvel Research and Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, Delaware 19947

(One quarter mile west of Sussex Tech High School)



A Day In THe Garden

Sussex County Master Gardener
OPen House

Saturday, June 22, 2024

10. a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Don't miss our annual Open House, Saturday, June 22, 2024, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our open house is a free event for the entire family! Bring your camera! Rain or shine! 

  • Six Mini Workshops (see left)
  • Children's Garden and Activities
  • 11:15 "The Misadventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor's Garden"
  • Free Ice Cream for Children from the UD Dairy Creamery Moo Mobile        
  • Plant Sale - including many natives!
  • Specialty Gardens            
  • Advice Desk!
  • Raffle
  • Guided Pest Walk at 12:30
  • Learn all about the importance of bees from the Beekeepers Association
  • Learn about Invasive Plants from the Center for Inland Bays
  • Much More!

Our garden changes each year! If you have visited before, you might be surprised!

Photographers from Delaware Cooperative Extension will be taking photos for promotional purposes. Please contact the information desk if you have any questions or concerns. 

We will have approximately 25 Master Gardeners on hand during the event. Many se habla espanol!




A Day in the Garden — Recorded Sessions from 2020!


Tour of the Sussex County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden: youtube.com/watch?v=6qpMb7DK7S0

Virtual Garden Tour

We couldn't be in the Demonstration Garden this year, so we decided to bring the garden to you! We will be sharing a narrated version of our Demonstration Garden as well as master gardener's personal gardens. Come see why we work so hard each year to share all this great gardening information.

Link to watch Personal Garden Tour: youtube.com/watch?v=uBwLkFTt5xU

Personal Garden Tour

Take a look at the diversity of gardens shared by our Sussex Master Gardeners!

Link to watch Propagation by layering: youtube.com/watch?v=P-GjRUItZiY

Propagation by Layering

(Garden mini-session)

Join master gardener Cherie Dorfman and learn how to create new plants from your garden.

Link to watch Creating a Butterfly Garden: youtube.com/watch?v=hzeQ0yVXMcQ

Butterflies in Your Garden

(Garden mini-session)

Learn about plants that attract specific butterflies with master gardener Judy Pfister.

Link to Ideas for Art in the Garden: youtube.com/watch?v=n6Rcy2ktr1A

Habitat, Garden Debris and Art in the Garden

(Garden mini-session)

Join master gardener Sandi Dew and learn how to create a nest that can be both habitat for wildlife and garden art.

Link to Poisonous Plants for Pets: youtube.com/watch?v=mkNraltUtK8

Plants that Can be Poisonous to Pets

(Garden mini-session)

Master Gardener Karen King will help us identify houseplants that are poisonous to our pets. 


Make it your day!

Our Master Gardeners, staff and partners have been hard at work, recording additional programs for you to enjoy at your own pace. Watch these in between our live events to make it your day!

Want more? Check out the Extension Online Courses page and the Extension Youtube Channel throughout the year for access to additional recorded programming.

Link to Landscaping with Native Plants by Terry Plummer playlist on Youtube.: youtube.com/watch?v=yKfbPQKJ3Ag

Landscaping with Native Plants

Explore why it is more important now than ever to grow native plants!

Link to watch Green Invaders on Youtube.: youtube.com/watch?v=F4REUX5K2F8

Green Invaders

Delaware Master Gardener Jack Bruhn shares information on keeping Green Invaders(aka weeds) at bay in your garden.

Link to the Spotted Lanternfly video on Youtube.: youtube.com/watch?v=RRbq3xsPZzU

Spotted Lanternfly

Stephen Hauss, Environmental Scientist with the Delaware Department of Agriculture, provides training and overview of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest.

Link to watch Tick of Delaware on Youtube.: youtube.com/watch?v=6nmGWgGOtg8

Ticks of Delaware

Learn how to identify ticks, learn the pathogens they vector, and, most importantly, how to safeguard you and your family and prevent a tick questing for you!

Link to Composting by Terry Plummer on Youtube.: youtube.com/watch?v=Gj63TiZkBv4


Trash to treasure—and much more!

Link to Control your weeds organically with cardboard or newspapers: youtube.com/watch?v=M-1jgLFk1pg

Control your weeds organically

Master Gardener Chris Dominic, Karen Wilkens and Linda Peters share an organic way to control weeds and create new gardening beds using newspaper and cardboard!

Link to Master Gardener Minute playlist on Youtube.: youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=com.synechron.udel.models.functions.SubstrAfter

Master Gardener Minutes (Playlist)

A collection of 1-minute educational videos with Delaware Master Gardeners.


Children's Corner

We welcome all budding gardeners! Check out these resources for a fun and educational time!

Link to A 2020 Update From Farmer McGregor featuring Peter Rabbit: youtube.com/watch?v=ConPA9qISJ8

"Fun in the Garden" featuring Peter Rabbit and friends!

What have they been up to during the COVID Crisis? Grab a snack or your lunch and come watch Farmer McGregor ask our cast of characters what they have been doing during the pandemic. We will also share some great ideas for having fun outside in the garden!

Video link to You Just Have to Look: youtube.com/watch?v=FcrxSGUCoNA

You Just Have to Look!

Delaware Master Gardener Brent Marsh shows the exciting wild world that you can find in your backyard! You just have to look!

A beekeeper reading a book.

"The Beeman"

Ag teacher, Debbie Kirk, reads "The Beeman" at her family's small orchard. Video courtesy of the Delaware Farm Bureau on Facebook.

Watch now!

Link to Garden Fun for Children: youtube.com/watch?v=2rfhsAXF14M

Garden Fun for Children

Take a look at how Delaware Master Gardeners create magical gardens where young imaginations can grow along with the plants that children are welcome to smell, touch and see as they play among the plants and special structures around the garden.

A coloring example.

A splash of color

Color your own garden with these free, printable and educational coloring sheets!

Get started!


More resources

You won't want to miss the opportunity to check out what else we have to offer!

Where are we located?

The Carvel Center campus, located in Georgetown in Sussex County, fulfills the tripartite mission of our land-grant university — teaching, research and Extension outreach. The Carvel Center serves as the southern agriculture experiment station for the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is also home to Sussex County Cooperative Extension. 

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