Thursday, June 14, 2012


Great MASTER GARDENER Article in Today's Carroll County Times available at: 

http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/master-gardeners-offering-tour-of-demonstration-gardens-at-ag-center/article_e413ae1e-b5f2-11e1-9aab-001a4bcf887a.html

Carroll County Master Gardeners Offer Garden Tours at AG Center & Public Demonstration Garden Opens for 2012 Season


GARDEN TOURS

On Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., the Carroll County Master Gardeners will offer guided tours of several demonstration gardens located at the University of Maryland, Carroll County Extension Office (Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Drive, Westminster, MD). 

Two gardens are located at the CORE (Carroll Outdoor Research and Education) site behind the Shipley Building at the Carroll County Agriculture Center (adjacent to the Extension Office).  In 2011, the Grow It Eat It group developed a demonstration garden complex containing raised beds for growing a variety of vegetables.  This year the featured vegetable is leafy greens. In a high tunnel (a large passive greenhouse) is a demonstration of vertical growing with various supports for tomatoes and cucumbers.  New this year, are several garden beds devoted to the culture of many varieties of fruit.
A composting demonstration area is located here also.

Another garden located at the CORE site is a demonstration rain garden established by the Master Gardener Bay-Wise Committee.  Water from the gutter system on a tool shed flows first into a rain barrel and then is directed into the garden.

Three gardens are located near the Carroll County Extension Office.

  • A shrub border planted in honor of Walter Bay, former Carroll County Extension Agent. 
  • A butterfly garden at the entrance to the extension office honors the memory of Margaret “Hank” Shirley, 4-H volunteer and Carroll County Master Gardener.
  • The Gillette Garden is located in front of the red building at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.  This garden was established in 1960 to honor Esther Waugh Gillette on her retirement as Home Demonstration Agent for Carroll County.  It was renovated by Carroll County Master Gardeners in 2005.  The Gillette Garden is planted with drought-tolerant native plants and serves as an example of xeriscaping. 
Additionally, most Saturday mornings beginning June 16, 2012 you may tour the CORE Garden by contacting a Master Gardener available Agriculture Center Farmer’s Market “Ask A Master Gardener” table.  The Farmer’s Market hours are 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

There is no charge for the tours.  Visitors will receive information on a variety of gardening topics.  Master Gardeners will be located at the pavilion across from the Farmer’s Market as a resource for additional information. 


DEMONSTRATION GARDEN OPENS

Many vegetables are easily grown in Maryland.  Planning and preparation are essential to a good gardening experience.  The Carroll County Master Gardener Public Demonstration Garden, located directly behind the Carroll County Agricultural Center and Shipley Arena at 706 Agriculture Drive in Westminster, MD is now open to the public from 6:00PM to 7:30PM Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning May 29th, 2012. 

To schedule a guided group tour by a Master Gardener, call Mr. Steve Allgeier
Faculty Extension Assistant, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Home Horticulture & Master Gardener Coordinator at 410-386 2760 Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, March though September. This approximately quarter acre site contains small gardens, each with a different theme.


These sustainable gardens demonstrate what the homeowner in Carroll County can do on his/her own with minimal effort and a high probability of success, considering local climate, soil, and pests.  The best time to visit the garden is June through mid September.

The types of gardens are:
·         Herb garden
·         Vegetable garden (raised bed)
·         Small fruits garden (raised bed)
·         Pollinator garden (raised bed)
·         High Tunnel demonstrates how to extend the garden season
·         Chesapeake Bay Wise Demonstration garden

These gardens support a variety of educational purposes including the use of IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach to minimizing environmental impact.


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