Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops

In 2016 the Master Gardeners 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:

Our summer and early fall schedule includes a wide variety topics which will help you have a fabulous garden this year.  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, August 7, 1 p.m. Master Gardener Brent Marsh and friends will host an Insect Safari.  Grownups, kids and grandkids will all enjoy this workshop. A lively presentation will be followed in the demonstration garden looking for interesting insects of all varieties. You will be amazed to see the creatures living in our garden, some of them fly, some of them crawl and some of them burrow. Bring the kids or come by yourself.

Tuesday, August 28, 1 p.m. Master Gardeners Karen Wilkens and Linda Peters lead a hands-on class making Stepping Stones. Few projects are as practical, useful and kid-friendly as handmade garden stepping-stones. They are easy and inexpensive to make. Limit 20 participants. Fee $3.00 

Thursday, September 13, 1 p.m. Master Gardener Sandi Dew will teach us how to make Draped Hypertufa. New to hypertufa or looking for new hypertufa project? This is a new, messy and fun adventure making draped hypertufa flowerpots. Limit 14 participants. Fee $15.00. (please register, but receiving payment reserves your spot)  Wear old clothes, bring an old bath towel and latex gloves.

Tuesday, September 25, 1 p.m. Master Gardener Judy Pfister will lead a program on common Native Plant Seed Harvesting. Workshop will also include propagation including when to harvest, how to dry and store them. We will 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.

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 p.m. Master Gardener Terry Plummer will present a workshop on Landscaping with Native Plants. Make your garden life easier with less watering and less fuss. Plant native trees, shrubs, and 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.

Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m., Woodland Trail Master Gardeners will lead the group along a trail through the woods. The trail invites attendees to enjoy 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-sleeved shirts or jackets

Tuesday, October 23, 1:00 p.m., Woodland Trail Master Gardeners will lead the group along a trail through the woods. The trail invites school-aged children to enjoy the woods and learn interesting things about trees, soil, and the residents of the woods. The trail is about a 40-minute walk. Children must wear closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved shirts or jackets.

Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. Master Garden Joe Parish will discuss Bats, an organic choice for insect control. Bats are not just a cute Halloween creature but should become a part of your garden planning. Why not invite some in today.

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