Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops

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The Master Gardeners recently celebrated 30 years of service to Delaware!  Year 31 begins with a  diverse and interesting series of workshops January to June.   As space is limited in some classes, take a moment soon to register.

Classes are free unless otherwise specified (two), 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.

2017 Sussex County Master Gardener Workshops:

Tuesday January 31, 6:30 p.m. 
Master Gardeners Bob Dougherty and Linda Peters will present a talk on the Master Gardener Program. We will talk about Who the Master Gardeners are, the Master Gardener training, volunteer opportunities and the application process. Come just for information about the Master Gardeners or come if you want to explore the program to see if it is a good fit for you. This session repeats on April 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. Register Online Here

Tuesday, February 7, at 1 p.m. Master Gardener Gaye Mara will talk about Gardening by the Numbers. Decades of research and testing by Cooperative Extensions and others have given even the most experienced gardeners useful numeric measures to help garden success. Gaye will explain the numbers about such things as optimum soil conditions for seed germination and plant growth, how long seeds last in storage, how hot is too hot for plant health, when and how much to water, the meaning of full sun and part shade. The workshop materials will include helpful charts and other takeaways for you to use in your own gardening. Register Online Here

Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Movie Night, showing Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home. Did you know that native plants – once established – do not require the use of chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides to maintain their beauty? Or that they don’t require extra watering from our precious supply of potable water? Did you know that our native pollinators and birds generally prefer native plants for nectar and seed? This educational film will answer these questions. It is focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Register Online Here

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 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. Register Online Here

Tuesday, March 21, 1 p.m.
Master Gardener Penny Deiner will present a workshop entitled Gardening in Squares. This method of gardening focuses on growing vegetables and flowers in small spaces.  It emphasizes designing a garden based on your personal needs and location, preparing the soil, selecting plants, planting and replanting. Garden squares takes 80% less space than traditional row gardening, there are fewer weeds to pull and more flowers to enjoy.  Gardening in squares is viewed in the context of accessibility and making outdoor spaces inviting, productive and enjoyable. Register Online Here

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.
Gregg Tepper, Director of Horticulture, Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek will speak on Native Plants We Love. This lecture is a celebration of the sheer beauty and amazing diversity of the native plants we’ve come to admire. You’ll experience the incredible aesthetics these plants possess, but even more than that, you’ll delve into the attributes that make them beautiful and the benefits derived from being so. Register Online Here

Thursday, April 13, 1 p.m.
Master Gardeners Bob Dougherty and Linda Peters will present a talk on the Master Gardener Program. We will talk about who the Master Gardeners are, the Master Gardener training, volunteer opportunities and the application process. Come just for information about the Master Gardeners or come if you want to explore the program to see if it is a good fit for you. This is a repeat of the January 31st workshop. Register Online Here

Tuesday, April 18, 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. Register Online Here

Tuesday, May 2, 1 p.m.
Master Gardener Lana Ward will speak on Aromatherapy and Herbs. Lana will give recipes for skin and hair products using herbs.  Herbal teas, aromatherapy ideas using essential oils, cleaning without chemicals and the storage for common herbs.  Register Online Here

Tuesday, May 23, 1 p.m.Master Gardeners Mary Noel and Donna Fellows will present a hands on workshop on Miniature Gardens. Come and learn about Gardening in Miniature and create your own tiny living world in one afternoon.  The container, soil, plants, and some accessories will be provided.  You may want to bring some miniature accessories to personalize your garden. Fee $15. Class limited to 20. Register Online Here

Tuesday, June 6, 1 p.m. Master Gardener Judy Pfister will present a hands on workshop Worms Eat My Garbage!  Learn about vermiculture or composting with worms and the many uses for the compost.  You will make homemade worm bins and learn how to maintain them and harvest your gardener’s gold. Bins, bedding and worms will be provided.  Fee $15.  Limited to 10 participants taking worm bins home.  In addition those just interested in learning vermiculture and not taking a bin are invited to attend as well for no fee. Register Online Here

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