(GEORGETOWN, Del.) - Delaware Master Gardeners were hard at work Tuesday at the University of Delaware's agriculture campus in Georgetown gearing up for a special weekend event.
"A Day in the Garden" is the program's annual open house. The event is Saturday, Sept. 16 and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"That's where we showcase our garden each year," said the university's Horticulture Agent Tracy Wooten. "A lot of people think, 'it's September. I'm done being outside.' Well, those who want to enjoy their garden longer we have lots of ideas on how to do that."
Dozens of surprises await visitors at every corner, from butterfly and shade gardens to tranquil koi ponds and to organic vegetable patches.
"Today we have green beans and we have tomatoes," said Lynda Dunham, who has volunteered for the Master Gardener's program for 11 years. "We've been having chard, other greens for salads."
To get ready for the open house, some volunteers potted new plants, spread fresh mulch and others planted seeds for new vegetables.
"I'm planting some fall crops," said Gay Mara, one of the volunteers and co-chair of the vegetable patch. "We're just trying to get the gardens looking good for people to walk through. We have a new path which just went in the last couple of weeks that's wheelchair accessible."
Wooten said the wheelchair-accessible path, which was donated and built by a local lawn company, will be a helpful addition to the garden this year.
There's also a special section of the garden center for children, including an education center.
"I play Farmer McGregor in our Peter Rabbit puppet show," said Brent Marsh, another volunteer in the program. "The whole point is to teach kids about vegetables."
This weekend's open house will also serve a special purpose.
"This year we're actually highlighting breast cancer awareness. Many of our volunteers have been affected by that. We'll have pink plants that you may consider for your garden," said Wooten.
The Master Gardener's club is open to the public offering volunteers free training and workshops, and the chance to make new friends.
"It's mostly not about becoming a master gardener," Marsh said. it's about serving the public."