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 Fall Schedule

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.