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Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops

The Master Gardeners recently celebrated 30 years of service to Delaware!  Year 32 continues with a  diverse and interesting series of workshops this fall.   As space is limited in some classes, please take a moment soon to register.

Classes are free unless otherwise specified (one), 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. University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) cooperating. Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

2018 Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops:

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 hosting a presentation and book signing by Author Ruth Clausen.  The classes are free, unless otherwise specified, and held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown 19947

Tuesday, April 3, 1 p.m.  Master Gardener Betty Layton 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 or develop mobility issues.  Make gardening enjoyable again!

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.  Author and plants woman Ruth Clausen will speak on her book 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants. Keeping your beautiful garden safe from deer is as simple as choosing the right plants. Ruth introduces the most versatile and drool-worthy options: white snowdrops that bloom in the spring; shade-loving, electric gold hakone grass; long-blooming Texas sage in vibrant reds, peaches, and pinks; and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden in the autumn. Lecture is free. Books will be available for purchase at about $20.  Ruth will be available to sign books after the presentation.

Tuesday, April 24, 1 p.m.  Master Gardener Bill Huxtable will talk about Shade Gardening.  Wondering what plant or plants to use in that shady area of your garden; there are a number of plants that love the shade from which to choose. This workshop will help you decide.  Handouts will be available to assist in picking the perfect plant.

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.   Master Gardener Tracy Mulvaney will hold a craft workshop Making Seed Tape Cards and Other Items for Gifting to your gardening friends.  Bring your children and grandchildren to this fun workshop.  Limit to 25 participants.  Fee $5.

Tuesday, May 15, 1 p.m.   Master Gardener Terry Plummer will present Landscaping with Native Perennials. Make your garden life easier with less watering and less fuss. Plant native 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.

Pre-register for workshops by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585, ext. 544 or by email at tammys@udel.edu.  

Pre-register for workshops by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585, ext. 544 or by email at tammys@udel.edu. You can also register online at

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.

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