Master Gardeners fall workshops start Sept. 4

August 25, 2013
Boo! A scarebaby watches over the children’s section of the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. SOURCE SUBMITTED

Master Gardeners of Sussex County will present several workshops this fall on a variety of subjects from lawns to composting to herbal teas. Participants should bring a container and take home a miniature garden or bring the kids and some of their old clothes and build their own "scarebabies."

The schedule runs as follows:

Establish and Renovate Livable Lawns, presented by Carol Kinsley and Valann Budischak, comes at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4. Learn the steps of planting, including taking a soil test, fertilizing, liming, seeding and watering.   The Livable Lawns program, which focuses on sustainability, will also be discussed.

Tea Party with Herbs, presented by Betty Lou Sutter, comes at 1 p.m.,Tuesday, Sept. 17. Limit 15 participants. Cost is $5. It is time to harvest favorite herbs, make some tea and enjoy a few of Betty Lou’s favorite recipes.

Composting, presented by Ana Dittel and Linda Peter, is set for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1. Composting organic material found in and around the home is a great way to recycle nature. Participants will learn different structures for holding compost and how to create this soil amendment from materials in the yard to enhance gardens.

Gardening in Miniature is scheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, with presenters Donna Fellows and Mary Noel. Limit 20 participants. Cost is $10. All aspects of miniature gardening will be discussed in this hands-on workshop. Bring a container not to exceed 12 inches wide. Soil, plants and some accessories will be provided.

Let’s Make Scarebabies, presented by Carol Kinsley and Jackie McPeak, is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15.  Limit is 20 participants. Cost is $5. A fun family activity for all ages which children or grandchildren will enjoy, this workshop will feature making a miniature scarecrow, a scarebaby, for the garden or doorway. Master Gardeners will provide a plastic pumpkin head, straw stuffing and a frame of bamboo. Participants should bring a complete set of child-size clothing: long-sleeve shirt and long pants, preferably worn and about to be discarded. Footed pajamas work well as underwear. Socks and gloves add to the effect but are optional.

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 at

Workshops are free unless specifically noted. Come early or stay late to enjoy the Demonstration Garden behind the building.

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 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. Those who have special needs that need to be accommodated should contact the office two weeks prior to the event.


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