Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops

closeup of sunflowers
Sunflowers at the Carvel Center campus

It’s starting to get late in the year; however, there are still, months of good weather ahead to enjoy the garden. This schedule includes a variety of outdoor activities as well as a few indoor artistic classes.

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!

2019 Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops:

Tuesday, August 27, 1 p.m.
Master Gardener, Jacquelyn McPeak will lead a workshop entitled Miniature Design Arrangements.  Learn the techniques of creating miniature flower arrangements.  Quick, easy and wonderful on shelves, desks, bathrooms, individual center pieces for dinner party, etc.  Fee $5.  Limit 20 participants.  Bring scissors, pruners, small: greens, flowers, containers (2 not to exceed 5 inches), and a box 4 to 6 inches to elevate arrangement while designing and then to use to bring home arrangements.

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
Master Gardener Judy Pfister will lead a program on Harvesting and Storing Native Seeds.  Learn about the most common native plants seeds that you may want to propagate including when to harvest, and how dry and store them.  We’ll also discuss testing seeds for viability before planting.  Weather permitting we will go into the demo garden to identify seed heads of fall bloomers and select some seeds for harvesting back in the classroom. Please bring a pair of tweezers and a magnifying glass if you have them.

Wednesday, September 25, 1:30 p.m.
Master Gardener, Sandi Dew will teach a class on Acrylic Paint Pouring with String Pull.  Learn how to create beautiful abstract art in acrylic paint.  This class is for adult painters at any level from beginners to accomplished artists. The class will take you step-by-step from mixing the paints to a beautiful finished creation. All materials will be provided.   Limit to 20 participants.  Fee $20. Acrylic pouring is messy, please bring aprons or paint shirts & wear “paint clothes”.

Tuesday, October 1, 1 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 8, 6:30 p.m.  Master Gardener Bunnie Williams will teach a class on Lasagna Gardening.
Lasagna Gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener.  If refers to the method of building the garden, which is, essentially adding layers of organic material that will cook down over time, creating a good soil full of life.

Saturday, October 19, 1 p.m.  The Master Gardeners will host a fall festival in their demonstration garden.  The garden is beautiful in the fall and we will offer tours of the garden with the Master Gardeners.  We will also have a variety of activities including painting stones and making decorations from pine cones.

Tuesday, October 29, 1:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 5, 1 p.m.
Woodland Trail. 
The Master Gardeners will lead the group along a trail through the woods.  The trail invites attendees to enjoy fall in the woods and learn interesting things about trees, soil, and the residents of the woods.  The trail is about a 40 minute walk. Wear closed toe shoes and long sleeve shirts or jackets. Come on either of the scheduled days or come to both.  Bring your kids and grandkids.

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

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.

Request a Master Gardener Speaker

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. Programming for youth is also available upon request. Contact our office to schedule a workshop or demonstration for your group. Topics are found below. Please direct questions to Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544. For suggested topics and additional details, check out our Master Gardener Speaker Bureau Brochure.

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.

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