Gardening Workshops

Make this Year your Best Year in the Garden!

Click here to sign up for a 2019 Master Gardener workshop now.*

All workshops are held at the New Castle County Cooperative Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, Delaware 19716 unless otherwise noted.

Winter Vegetable Gardening, $15
Wednesday, January 23, 7-9 pm with Rick Judd
Many gardeners only think of warm season gardening. Year-round gardening in Delaware is entirely possible. This includes winter! Learn which vegetables thrive in cool and even cold weather. Find out what impacts vegetables as the weather cools and the sun weakens. Learn how to extend fall gardening into the winter and even through winter into next spring.

Preparing your Landscape for Spring, $15
Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 with Frank Ebright
Are you prepared for Spring? Take the guesswork out of your Spring “to-do” list, and discuss topics such as preparing your garden beds, pruning, insect and disease monitoring and control, early vegetable and ornamental plantings, and lawn maintenance and tools.

Pruning for your Personality, $15
Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-8:30 with 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. The basic pruning tools, their maintenance and use will be covered. 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.

Beginner Vegetable Gardening (2-part workshop), $30
Monday, Wednesday, March 4 and 6, 6:30-8:30 with Rob Medicus
What could be better than delicious, healthful vegetables, fresh from your own garden? Join us for two evenings to learn about soil, site selection, tools and techniques, and of course, the specific vegetables. You will begin creating a specific plan for your own home garden!

Healthy Soil: All the Dirt on Gardening Gold, $15
Thursday, April 4, 6-8pm with Jack Bruhn
Are you having trouble growing healthy plants or achieving the “bucket of beets” harvest of your dreams? Well, improving your soil through management and amendments may be the remedy that your garden needs. Come see how a little soil science can help you to understand the nature of your soil problems. Then learn about the bounty of information and insight that are available to you from an analysis of your soil. Finally, explore how gardening practices and various soil amendments affect your soil so that you can pick the ones that will best meet your gardening needs.

Grow Your Own Berries, $15
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 with Rob Medicus
Imagine walking out of your door and picking your own delicious berries. There’s no sweeter reward. Come and learn the basics of growing your own strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. You’ll be berry popular!

Integrated Pest Management Walk and Talk, FREE
Tuesday, May 7, 6-7 pm with Dr. Brian Kunkel and Carrie Murphy
Join IPM Extension Specialist Dr. Brian Kunkel, Horticulture Educator Carrie Murphy, and the Master Gardeners in the Native Plant, and Vegetable and Fruit, Teaching and Demonstration Gardens for a plant, pest, and beneficial insect walk.

Containia Mania, $25
Thursday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm with JW Wistermayer
A hands-on, messy workshop, and you can keep the plants! Bring gardening gloves and a 12-inch (diameter) container to learn the basics for container planting with annual ornamental plants.

*Important: No refunds will be issued unless the program is canceled. You will be notified in the event of cancellation.


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 are found below. Please direct questions to Carrie Murphy, or (302) 831-COOP.  For suggested topics and additional details HERE is the brochure for the Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau.