Master Gardeners announce workshops for March and April

Plants with Winter Interest set for March 7
February 26, 2013

The Sussex County Master Gardeners announce their Winter/Spring 2013 Workshop Schedule for March and April. The workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.

Participants must preregister by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, Ext. 544, or  Workshops are free unless otherwise specified.

Plants with Winter Interest in Your Garden is scheduled for noon, Thursday, March 7.  Presenters Eddie Filemyr and Gayle August will share through photographs and discussion a selection of shrubs, trees and perennials that are stars in gardens in winter. A plant list will be provided for students to use to plan additions to their garden.

Ingrid Hetfield will present Tools & Tips at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 12.  The right tool for the right gardening job makes outdoor work a breeze. This workshop covers how to select tools for a particular garden, from the houseplant corner to the tree-shaded lot, and all the growing things between, plus information on sharpening and maintenance of hand tools.

Tracy Mulveny will offer Soil Tests, Taking the Tests, Using the Results at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 26. Students will learn about soil tests, why gardeners should do them, how to and then how to use the results.

Presented by Mary Hall, Mahvelous Moss is set for 1 p.m., Tuesday April 9. Got moss? Instead of trying to get rid of it, participants will learn about all of its advantages and the benefits of having it in their landscape. Hall will also discuss its environmental needs and care, companion plantings and show examples of ways to use magical, mahvelous moss.

The Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden - Last Year’s Challenges - This Year’s Plan is set for noon, Tuesday, April 30.  Presented by members of the garden committee, the workshop format is a panel discussion with some of the gardeners responsible for the demonstration garden The discussion will focus on the successes and failures in the garden last year and the plans for the coming gardening season.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. Visit for more information on additional workshops and events.