Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops

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Time to start thinking of the coming gardening season, our schedule includes a wide variety topics which will help you have a fabulous garden this year. Of special note, the Master Gardeners are excited to host a presentation and book signing for internationally renowned botanist and herb expert, Dr. Arthur Tucker in March, introducing his new book, The Culinary Herbal.

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:

Vegetable Gardening – UPDATED DAY!
Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.,
Master Gardener Rick Petrecca will present a detailed workshop (2.5 hours) on Vegetable Gardening. Covering the needs of a productive garden, including sun, water, nutrients and the garden layout. Rick will then move on to selecting your vegetables, planting and growing a productive crop.

Houseplant Care
Tuesday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.,
Master Gardener Fran Meehan will conduct a workshop on Houseplant Care. Bring your tired, your sick or your just plain lousy looking houseplants for a little TLC!  The class will diagnose and remediate your specific plant problems and then cover general house plant growing concerns.  We will have an abundance of information available to help you grow beautiful indoor gardens.

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Tuesday, February 23, 6 p.m.,
University of Delaware Cooperative Extensions Agent, Dot Abbott and ISA Certified Arborist, Richard Pratt will present a workshop on Pruning Trees and Shrubs.  This workshop will address specific pruning tips, such as; why prune, when to prune, how to prune, and pruning tools & safety undertaking. (2 hours)

The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.,
Dr. Arthur Tucker, Emeritus Professor of Delaware State University, will discuss his new book, The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs. Good cooks know that nothing beats fresh-clipped herbs. The gorgeously photographed Culinary Herbal, by herb experts Art Tucker and Susan Belsinger, highlights 97 delicious varieties—like black cumin, fenugreek, lemon balm, and sassafras—that you’ll want to grow, whether you’re a gardener who loves to cook or the cook who loves to garden. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and can be signed by the author.

Wild Bees
Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.,
Master Gardeners Brent Marsh and Linda Peters will present a workshop on Wild Bees. Honey bees may pollinate most of our crops, but it’s up to our wild bees to make sure garden plants, ornamentals, and wildflowers get adequate pollination. Learn about the basic must haves, food and shelter, to attract these bees to your garden. You will make a bee house to take home. Limit 30

Gardening in Squares
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.,
Master Gardeners Penny Deiner and Wes Beers will present a workshop entitled Gardening in Squares.  Learn about this method which focuses on productive vegetable and flower gardening in small spaces.  It starts with designing the garden based on your personal needs and location, preparing the soil, selecting plants, planting and replanting. Garden squares takes 80% less space than traditional row gardening and there are fewer weeds to pull. Gardening in squares is viewed in the context of accessibility and making outdoor space inviting, productive and enjoyable.

Shrubs and Trees
Tuesday, April 12, 1:00 p.m.,
Master Gardeners Lisa Arni, Maureen Ryan, and Jean Sewald will present a workshop on Shrubs and Trees. Hear about and see mature trees and shrubs that grow well in our area. The three Master Gardeners will share pictures of shrubs and trees in their gardens and talk about their care.

Get the Jump on Spring
Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.,
Master Gardeners Tracy Mulveny and Susan Trone will present a workshop on propagation entitled Get the Jump on Spring. This workshop will offer techniques for starting seeds and cuttings using traditional and repurposed materials to get you a supply of new plants for your garden.

Rain Barrels
Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 p.m.,
Master Gardener James Brown will present a workshop on Rain Barrels. If you have a roof you are half way to being a water conservationist. You will make a rain barrel to capture water for a number of uses; watering plants, cleaning tools, even washing your car, but caution- not for drinking. Limit 15 participants. Fee $50

How to Choose the Best Herbs
Tuesday, May 17, 1 p.m.,
Master Gardener Lana Ward will present a workshop on how to Choose The Best Herbs for spring planting. Learn about the proper location, care of, harvesting, drying and storage of various herbs. We will discuss the many uses of herbs in culinary and beverage recipes, crafts, potpourris, and home décor; inspiring you to give more space in your garden for herbs. Limit 24

Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot
Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 p.m., Master Gardener Lisa Arni will present a workshop entitled Fairy Garden in a Broken Pot.  This workshop will demonstrate how to take broken clay or ceramic pots and also broken pieces and transform them into a fairy garden with miniature plants.  Different plant textures and colors will be used as well as methods of increasing depth perception within the planting area.  Great way to repurpose and reuse normally discarded broken item

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