Home Gardener Workshops and Presentations

Master Gardeners 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. 

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 and send in with your payment Home Garden Workshops Registration Form Fall 2014!

Delaware Livable Lawns, $15

Leave grass clippings on your lawn.  Include more than just grass in your landscape.  Verify that your lawn needs fertilizer by testing your soil before application.  Apply fertilizer according to directions.  Be sure to sweep excess fertilizer and lawn clippings off your sidewalks and driveways.  Leave fertilization until the fall.  Establish a no-mow buffer around waterways.  Interested in planting and maintaining a Livable Lawn?  Register now!  Instructors:  Valann Budischak, Carrie Murphy, Master Gardeners, Date/Time and Location:  September 9, 6-8 pm, Extension Office

Open House, and IPM Walk and Talk, in the Teaching and Demonstration Gardens, FREE

Enjoy an autumn visit to the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Gardens.  Learn more about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and selecting plants to support butterflies and other beneficial insects.  Instructors:  Dr. Brian Kunkel, Carrie Murphy, Master Gardeners, Date/Time and Location: September 11, 5:30-7:30, Extension Office

Pruning, $15

This workshop will cover the basics of pruning– when to prune, what equipment to use and which techniques are most effective.  Instructors:  Carrie Murphy, Ralph Goldrick, Ruth Mayer, Dates/Times, and Location:  October 2, 6-8 pm OR October 14, 10 am to Noon, Extension Office


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 Bear, 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.  Instructors:  Bob Deming, Hetty Cumba, and Susan Foster, Date/Time:  October 18, 10 am to Noon, Location:  To be announced