Home Gardener Workshops

Most workshops are held at the New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark on the University of Delaware campus.  To register, download the following form (Fall Workshops Registration Form) and send in with your payment!

Summer/Fall 2015 Schedule

NEW Fall Vegetable Gardening and Beyond (Winter Vegetable Gardening), $15, Tuesday, August 11, 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!

Pruning for your Personality, $15, September 15, 6:30-8 pm, Extension Office, Paul Lyons, Nancy Throckmorton, 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.

NEW Landscape Weed Identification and Management, $15, September 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, Extension Office, Rob Medicus

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!

Gardening with Intent, $20, An additional session has been added at a second location to meet the demand for this on-site learning opportunity and to offer those who have already attended this workshop the opportunity to experience additional landscaping challenges and solutions.

Two Offerings:  October 3 (new location) OR October 10, 10 am to noon, Locations announced following registration- please register early, limited space available, Bob Deming and Hetty Cumba

If you are baffled by your landscape that over time has outgrown its original plan, or has never had one, then this workshop is for you.  Master Gardeners have planned a visit to a New Castle County, Delaware residence and landscape where they’ve provided guidance to the homeowners who’ve developed and implemented a landscape plan over many years.  You’ll be able to observe and evaluate landscape planning and implementation principles as they are being applied in a real, lived-in landscape.  For privacy reasons, the exact location of the workshop will be provided to only those who register to attend.

NEW Great Trees of New Castle County, $10, October 6, 10:30 am-noon, Extension Office, Rob Medicus

From Blackbird to Centreville, New Castle County hosts a terrific variety of big trees. Join us for an informative and fun virtual adventure. This colorful presentation will provide an introduction to the County’s most magnificent tree specimens.

NEW Holiday Decorating with Amaryllis, $25, October 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Extension Office, Nancy Throckmorton and Miriam Reed

Join us for this hands-on workshop where we’ll plant amaryllis bulbs to force into bloom for the holidays. We will discuss the characteristics of the amaryllis bulbs, the timing, how-to, and maintenance and care for “rebloom.”  We will also talk briefly about paperwhites and poinsettias to add to your holiday décor.  Bring your garden gloves.  One amaryllis bulb, an amaryllis pot, and soil provided.

Make and Take a Holiday Wreath, $30, December 5, 9:30 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. It is recommended that you bring pruning shears or strong scissors, and gloves.

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 through the end of August, and then most Wednesdays from September through November;

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.  Request A Master Gardener Speaker for your Library, Garden Club, Community Group here.