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2018 Gardening Workshops

Self-Watering Vegetable Containers:  The Ultimate Raised Bed, Tuesday, February 6, 7-9 pm, with Rick Judd, $15, A self-watering vegetable container garden (SWVCG) is an easy, productive , and versatile alternative to gardening in the ground. Learn how to construct one for use in your own home. We’ll explore why and where you benefit from this unique gardening system. And we’ll cover what vegetables grow well this way.

Beginner Vegetable Gardening, Monday, February 12 and Thursday, February 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Rob Medicus, sign up is for two sessions,  $25, There’s nothing like growing and enjoying your own homegrown vegetables. Never tried before? In two fun and informative sessions, we’ll cover the essentials for success: soils, siting, amendments, and of course all the individual vegetables, from arugula to zucchini. You will be all ready to get started this spring.

Pest Management:  Stress Relief for you and your Garden, Wednesday, February 28, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Jack Bruhn, Melody Kasprzak, and Judy Hough-Goldstein, $15, From critters to slugs, bugs to grubs, weeds, seeds, spores and more, pests can cause stress to your garden plants and frustrate your carefully prepared garden plans. If you want some tips on how to deal with these problems, join us at our workshop. You will learn about the variety of pests that can attack your plants and the clues they leave that will help you to identify the likely culprit. Identifying the pest is the first step in limiting pest damage. You will then consider strategies, practices, tools and a little philosophy of managing pests so that you and your plants can reduce the stress from pests. You will also learn about the many resources that can help you during the gardening season.

Shade Garden Success, Tuesday, March 27, 7-9 pm, with Nancy Bell, $15, Come learn how to transform that shady spot into your very own lush, peaceful, calm and relaxing oasis! All you need is some shade and the right combination of plants to provide color and texture and… you’ve got it made in the shade! Let’s do this together.

Pruning Basics, Wednesday, March 28, 7-9 pm, with Paul Lyons and Ralph Goldrick, $15, 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.

Containia Mania, Tuesday, April 17, 7-9 pm, J.W. Wistermayer, $25, 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.

Register HERE.

Please note that no refunds will be issued unless the workshop is canceled. You will be notified only 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, cjmurphy@udel.edu or (302) 831-COOP.  For suggested topics and additional details HERE is the brochure for the Master Gardener Speaker’s Bureau.