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 2016 Summer and Fall MG Home Gardener Workshops Registration Form and send in with your payment.

2016 Summer/Fall Schedule

Fall Vegetable Gardening and Beyond (Winter Vegetable Gardening), $15, Tuesday, August 9, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Rick Judd  In this workshop fall vegetable garden activities will be discussed– growing fall crops, composting, and “putting your garden to bed.” We’ll also discuss how to carry your garden through the fall into winter for the quickest spring start ever!

Made in the Shade, $15, Tuesday, August 23, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Nancy Bell  If you live in an established neighborhood with mature trees and varying degrees of shade, consider yourself lucky! There are lovely plants with beautiful texture and color to make your garden sing- learn how to lead the orchestra.

Pollinators: Your Vegetable Garden’s Best Friends, $15, Thursday, September 8, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Susan Foster, Ron Simpson, and Ed Vacek  Pollinators (bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, bats) are at risk worldwide as a result of over-development, aggressive farming, indiscriminant use of pesticides, and a lack of understanding of or indifference to their habitat requirements. You can help restore that habitat to ensure the lives of pollinators so that they can ensure the lives of plants and animals, including us. Learn who are the pollinators, how they work, and the simple steps you can take to create a haven attractive to pollinators as well as to you and your neighbors. The success of your vegetable garden depends upon it.

How to Choose Trees for Your Landscape, $15, Monday, September 12, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Susan Foster, Kathy Shearer and Ron Simpson  Do you want to clean the air around your home, cool your home in summer and shelter it from the harshness of winter? Do you want to assure a bountiful and safe habitat for birds, beneficial insects and other small creatures? Do you want to add multi-season color and beauty to your landscape while also enhancing the ecosystem? If so, plant a tree. A correct tree planted in the correct place can be the ultimate high-value, low-maintenance participant in your landscape. Learn how to select trees, how to plant them, and how to maintain them.  The fall is a great time to plant trees!

Green Invaders, $15, Monday, September 19, 6-8 pm (please note earlier start time!), Extension Office, Rob Medicus  What are those vines growing in my back yard? Are those flowers in the woods I see weeds? Learn about the plants that have “invaded” Delaware from other continents, and why you should care.  This workshop begins with an introduction to the invasive plants and finishes with a relaxing and informative plant walk on the James F. Hall trail behind the Cooperative Extension office.

Native Plants, Pollinators and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), $15, Tuesday, September 20, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Nancy Bell  Learn about some great, easy to care for native plants and the pollinators they attract. We’ll talk about how interconnected our plants, insects and birds really are as well as proper care of these plants so that we don’t inadvertently disrupt these relationships.

Landscape Design Principles at Work, $20, Saturday, October 1, 10 am- noon, Specific Location in Newark provided following registration – Group size limited to 15, Bob Deming, Susan Foster, Betsy Rosenberger and Christine Pochomis  Fall is an excellent time to plan for, select and plant hardy trees, shrubs and bulbs. Fall is also the time to begin planning for spring. Join Master Gardener coaches at a Newark residence where they have worked with the homeowner to develop the landscape over time. Learn about design principles and see their effects in a landscape in progress. Learn about what to consider when making plant choices and hear from the homeowner about choices made, successes and failures, and plans for the future. Take away ideas and techniques for your own landscape that you can begin implementing this fall.

Small Space Gardening: Some Big Ideas for Making the Most of a Small Space, $15, Tuesday, October 11, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Bob Deming  It’s not the size of the garden in your yard, but the size of the garden in your heart. Size doesn’t matter as much as you think. What makes a garden great is its diversity.

Broad-leaved Evergreens for Delaware, $15, Wednesday, October 26, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Ron Simpson  Why have bare leafless landscapes in the winter when you can have leafy evergreens and winter interest?  Our climate offers us many options for broad-leaved evergreen plants to help keep those wintertime blues away!  This workshop will include the old favorites that we’re familiar with but emphasis will be on newer species and cultivars available in our area garden centers and nurseries to offer more variety, improved characteristics, and in some cases increased hardiness. Discussion will include cultural requirements and ideal placement of broad-leaved evergreens.

Pruning for your Personality, $15, Tuesday, November 1, 7-9 pm, Extension Office, Paul Lyons and Ralph Goldrick  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.

Make-and-Take, Bird Seed Ornaments for Kids, $20, AGE 5 and up, must be accompanied by an adult, Saturday, November 12, 9:30 am to noon, Extension Office, Diana Kadash  Start an annual tradition with your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews making birdseed ornaments. Making a birdseed ornament is a fun and easy project, and, a perfect way to decorate an outdoor tree for wild birds during the holiday season. They support nature and make a perfect gift for family, a teacher, friend or neighbor.  Bring your favorite cookie cutters to help shape the ornaments- we’ll provide the bird seed!

Make-and-Take, Holiday Wreaths $30, Saturday, December 3, 9:30 am to Noon, Fischer Greenhouse, Diana Kadash and Paul Lyons  Use fresh greens to create a beautiful holiday wreath. Learn simple techniques to create a professional-looking wreath.  Bring your own special greens, berries or ribbons to supplement the materials we will provide. Please bring pruning shears or strong scissors, and gloves.


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.