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New Castle County Master Gardeners Member Info

Click here for the Fall 2012 Workshops Brochure!

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Nemours Garden Nemours Garden

Master Gardeners and 4-Hers join forces to harvest fall vegetables, donated to the Delaware Food Bank, in the 4-H Garden at Nemours.

Ag Day educational book display Ag Day plant sale

Master Gardeners prepare for their educational display and plant sale at Ag Day, 2012.

New Castle County Master Gardeners play a key role in distributing information about environmentally friendly practices for the home gardener. Topics include identification and control of home, lawn, and garden pests, plant diseases, plant cultivation, lawn management, and wildlife habitat development.

New Castle County Master Gardeners are vital links in an educational chain that begins with research from the University of Delaware and the horticultural industry. Delaware Cooperative Extension specialists then translate this research into practical, usable methods that can be used by Delaware gardeners.

Education is at the heart of all Master Gardener activities, which can take many forms, including teaching by example and demonstration, and hands-on work with people of all ages.

Master Gardener volunteer educators have undergone training in a wide variety of horticultural and environmental topics coupled with training in educational methods and program evaluation. Monthly meetings bring all volunteers together to continue the learning process. The result is volunteers committed to reaching out to help county residents - adults and children alike - improve the quality of their lives.

New Castle County Master Gardeners' outreach effort is organized and carried out by five distinct committees:

  • Workshops and Speakers Bureau: develop and deliver a wide variety of workshops and lectures for adults.
  • Youth Education: furnishes technical support and educational outreach to public and private institutions serving children and youth.
  • Telephone and Diagnostics: responds to queries to the Garden Line via telephone, mail, and email.
  • Demonstration and Display Gardens: creates and maintains public landscapes and gardens to teach good horticultural practices.
  • Master Gardener Programs: offers educational enrichment opportunities to volunteers. Social events and volunteer recognition help group members learn more about their peers' accomplishments.

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