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Planting the Seed

How does Ruth Jackson’s garden grow? She’ll be glad to tell you. Plus, a guide to local public gardens and a calendar of garden-related events.

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[Garden Glimpses walk]
Thru October • Enjoy a 30-minute guided walk through the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Reflecting Pool garden area. Explore how this space was once used for entertaining, and how materials and design elements link the house and garden. Members can enjoy the walks for free, but non-members can stroll for the cost of museum admission. For more, visit winterthur.org, or call 888-4600.

[Wilmington CommunityGardens Plant Sale]
May 6-7 • Held at Hattie Phelan Community Garden May 6 and at Valley Community Garden May 7, the sales will offer locally grown vegetable startups and flowering plants specifically selected to flourish in an urban environment. Learn proper planting techniques and ask the experts. For more, visit dehort.org, or call 658-6262.

[Discover The DCH Week]
May 6-15 • This jam-packed week of events celebrates plants, gardening and the Delaware Center for Horticulture. That means workshops, deals on plants, and a tour of the facility. For more, visit dehort.org, or call 658-6262.

[Wilmington Garden Day]
May 7 • This self-guided tour features the city’s most distinctive homes and gardens. There will be 16 gardens to view. Proceeds benefit the underserved children of Delaware. For more, visit wilmingtongardenday.org.

[Wildflower, Native Plantand Seed Sale]
May 7-8 • Brandywine Conservancy volunteers present a selection of cultivated plants that are hard to find in retail garden centers. All proceeds benefit the conservancy’s diverse wildflower and native plant gardens. The free event is held at the Brandywine River Museum. For more, call (610) 388-2700, or visit brandywinemuseum.org.

[Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale]
May 14 • Delaware Center for the Inland Bays offers the chance to purchase plants from nurseries, enjoy interesting displays, and learn why native plants are good for the inland bays. The sale takes place at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View. For more, call 226-8105, or visit inlandbays.org.

[Lewes Garden Tour]
June 18 • The tour starts at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church on Market Street and includes a garden market, lectures, demonstrations and food in Zwaanendael Park. For more, visit leweschamber.com, or call 645-8073.

[Water Garden &Pond Tour]
July 23 • This self-guided tour of the area’s premier water gardens at private homes is organized by the Delaware Center for Horticulture. For more, visit dehort.org, or call 658-6262.

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