Delaware Master Gardeners are avid about horticulture and eager learners. This site is one way we share these passions and provide "environmentally sound, research-based gardening practices" with our communities.
2021 Plant Sale is coming!!!
Saturday, July 31 | 9 am - 4 pm
Delaware County Fairgrounds
Pig and Lamb Barn
236 Pennsylvania Avenue
Delaware, OH 43015
Follow our Facebook page for info about the sale and plants
The Lunch and Learn Series on Friday June 25th at noon will feature the owners of Scioto Gardens as they talk about native plants. This is an IN-PERSON event. Scioto Gardens is located at 3351 State Route 37 West, Delaware, Ohio 43015.
Ask a Master Gardener Volunteer
Answering the public's questions about gardening using science-based information is an important objective of the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. Submit your landscape, yard, and garden questions here.
June 21-27, 2021 is Pollinator Week
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend. About 75% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators and over 200,000 species of animals act as pollinators. What everyone can do for pollinators: watch for pollinators, reduce your impact, plant for pollinators . (from "Pollination Facts for Gardeners," www.pollinator.org)
From Bee City and Xerces Society
Plant Spotlight: Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
I grew Butterfly Weed from seed for the first time last growing season to attract Monarch butterflies and to provide a food source for their caterpillars. After a 30-day cold and moist stratification period, I started the seeds under grow lights in my basement in early spring and, by May, I had about 5 plants at least 6 inches tall ready for transfer to an east-facing bed I had dedicated in the back of my house. Once planted outdoors, the small plants thrived with little to no extra maintenance from me. Boy, what a spectacle these plants provided! Not only did they provide color interest in my yard, but they also at-tracted so much life to my garden – it was so fun to watch!
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
From The Weed Detective
Carpetweed (Mollugo verticillate)