Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops

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The Master Gardeners are celebrating 30 years and are planning a diverse and interesting series of workshops August through October.  As space is limited in some classes, take a moment soon to register.

Classes are free unless otherwise specified, and all will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. The center is just down the street from Sussex Tech.

Pre-registration is required.     Register online here!

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

2016 Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops:

Tuesday, August 2, 1:00 p.m., Master Gardener George Dellinger will present a workshop All About Butterflies.  The classroom portion will cover life cycle, purpose, predators, and the role of nectar plants and host plants.  Walking in the Demonstration Garden we will look at the nectar plant and host plants in the garden, as well as the various butterflies and caterpillars living there. We will have a butterfly tent full of occupants to enjoy.

Tuesday, August 23, 1:00 p.m., Master Gardener Brent Marsh and friends will host an Insect Safari.  Grownups, kids and grandkids will all enjoy this workshop. A lively presentation will be followed in the demonstration garden looking for interesting insects of all varieties.  You will be amazed to see the creatures living in our garden, some of them fly, some of them craw and some of them burrow.  Bring the kids or come by yourself.

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 p.m., Master Gardener Terry Plummer will present a workshop on Landscaping with Native Plants. Make your garden life easier with less watering and less fuss. Plant native trees, shrubs, and perennials for a delightful landscape.  Terry will introduce you to a wide variety of native plant materials that will draw insects and the birds that love to eat them to your garden.

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m., Master Gardener Bob Williams will present a workshop on Accessible Gardening entitled Garden Smart – Garden Easy.  Learn what tools and techniques are available for the gardener as we age, develop mobility issues, think we don’t have space for a garden or just don’t have the time for a garden. We will give you ideas that will make gardening enjoyable again.

Thursday, September 15, 10:00 a.m., Master Gardener Jackie McPeak will present a workshop on Hypertufa. Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, sand and water, formed into a mold to make a container for a plant or a garden ornament (mushroom).  It is lighter than terra-cotta and can withstand winter weather.  At the conclusion of this hands-on workshop you will have made a pot or mushroom to take home.  Bring heavy duty latex gloves.  Limit 20 participants.  Cost $15.

Tuesday, September 20, 1:00 p.m., Master Gardener Cherie Dorfman will present a workshop on Putting Your Garden To Bed.  Get rid of debris and disease, learn how to clean up your garden and prepare for the next growing season.

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m., Master Gardener Bob Dougherty will present a workshop on Blue Birds and Songbirds of Delmarva.  Learn the secrets of attracting bluebirds and other songbirds to your backyard. Bob will also give a brief introduction to the many types of bluebird box designs and setting up a neighborhood bluebird trail.  There will also be an open discussion on the diet and needs of your neighborhood birds.

Tuesday, October 18, 1:00 p.m., Master Gardener Carol Kinsley will present a workshop Let’s Make Scare Babies.  A fun family activity, you, your children, and your grandchildren will enjoy making a pint-sized scare crow for the garden or doorway.  We call them Scare Babies.  We will provide a plastic pumpkin head, straw stuffing, and a frame of bamboo. Participants should bring a complete set of toddler-size clothing; long sleeve shirt and long pants, preferably worn and about to be discarded.  Footed pajamas work well; also, overalls work well. Socks and gloves add to the effect but are optional.  Limit 20 participants.  Cost $5. 


The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. Pre-registration is required. You may register online or contact Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544.

For assistance with home lawn, garden and pest questions, contact:
Sussex County Garden Helpline (302) 856-2585 ext. 535