Home Gardener Workshops

Most workshops, unless otherwise noted with the workshop description, are held at the New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark on the University of Delaware campus.  To register, complete the Workshops Registration Form and send in with your payment.

2016 Winter/Spring Schedule

Cabbage Family Reunion, Rick Judd, January 27th, 7-9 pm, $15

The cabbage family is one of the oldest families of vegetables– some varieties over 2000 years old.  Learn how to grow nine important members of the family from seed started inside, seed directly sown outside, or purchased seedlings.  Become familiar when to plant, particular characteristics of each vegetable, and how to protect the plants from pests– all in a sustainable way.  Cabbage, Kale, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, as well as a few more exotic members of the family want to meet you.

Vegetable Gardening for the Beginner (2 session workshop), Rob Medicus, March 8 and 10, 7-9 pm, $30

What could be better than delicious, healthful vegetables fresh from your own garden? Join us for two evenings to learn about soil, site selection, tools and techniques, and of course, the specific vegetables. You will begin creating a specific plan for your own home garden!

Beneficial Insects and their Role in your Garden, Frank Ebright, March 15, 7-9 pm, $15

Beneficial insects play an important role in Integrated Pest Management.  Proper identification of the bugs in your vegetable and ornamental gardens is key to successful management of your gardens with minimal harm to the environment.  Learn to use chemical control as a last resort, not the first defense, and learn who your friends are.

Pruning for your Personality, Paul Lyons, March 16, 7-9 pm, $15

This workshop will cover the basics of pruning common plants, including shrubs and trees, for the health of the plant and the shape you desire. Shaping your plants with the “look” you envision for your landscape is personal to each homeowner, so we will discuss height, form and function, future growth, and the overall health of each plant to help you develop the landscape that you will enjoy. Please bring garden gloves and pruners.

Build a Bee House, Shirley Duffy and Sande Taylor, March 22, 7-9 pm, $20 per person or per couple

Please note:  This workshop is held at Fischer Greenhouse on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ campus, 531 South College Avenue, Newark.

Did you know that solitary bees are unlikely to sting; and, they don’t live in a hive? These Delaware native insects are important pollinators and you can help them by making your very own Bee House to take home with you.  Appropriate for adults AND kids aged 8 and older accompanied by an adult.  Please bring sturdy scissors or hand pruners.

Hummingbird Gardening in Delaware, Ron Simpson, March 31, 7-9 pm, $15

Hummingbirds are popular visitors to our gardens. Planting a garden with the appropriate flowers in the best locations, along with creating the optimal backyard habitat, will help keep them around all season.  Learn about planning your hummingbird garden and growing their favorite flowers, in our local area and in the microhabitats found on your property.  Topics such as propagating and over-wintering plants, pest control, and proper use of feeders will be covered as well.

Landscape Weed Identification and Management, Rob Medicus, April 11, 7-9 pm, $15

If you garden, you weed. Learn to identify the most common landscape weeds, plus some good guys that can “go rogue.” We’ll figure out how to outsmart them!

Growing Crape Myrtles, Camellias, and Magnolias in Delaware, Ron Simpson, April 14, 7-9 pm, $15

Is Delaware a northern state with southern exposure?  Or are we a southern state with northern exposure?  In any case, we love to grow some typically southern plants such as Crape Myrtles, Camellias, and Evergreen Magnolias in Delaware but they can be challenging here.  Breeding programs at the National Arboretum and elsewhere have created hardier cultivars of all three species that can handle and thrive in our borderline climate. Learn about selecting the best varieties for Delaware, and their cultural requirements, to grow these traditionally southern plants here.

Garden Days

Visit our demonstration gardens at any time or schedule a visit by contacting Carrie Murphy, cjmurphy@udel.edu.  Weather permitting, Master Gardeners will be working in their demonstration gardens at the Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Road, throughout the growing season as follows:

Native Plant Teaching Garden- every Wednesday, 9:30-11 am beginning in late April;

Vegetables and Fruit (and other Edibles!) Teaching Garden-  every Monday, prior to Memorial Day 9:15-11 am, between Memorial Day and Labor Day 8:30-10:30 am, and after Labor Day 9:15-11 am.


Master Gardeners also develop and deliver a wide variety of workshops, demonstrations, and lectures, throughout the year, for adults, either at our facility or in the community.  Contact our office to schedule a workshop or demonstration for your group.  Topics include:  Vegetable Gardening, Composting, Container Gardening, Landscape Design, Lawn Management, Native Plants, and Pollinators.  Please direct questions to Carrie Murphy, cjmurphy@udel.edu or (302) 831-COOP.