Master Gardeners fall workshops start Oct. 3

September 29, 2017

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are planning an interesting array of fall classes to be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are free. The center is just down the road from Sussex Tech.

For those new to hypertufa or looking for new hypertufa projects, Master Gardener Sandi Dew will lead a new, messy and fun adventure making draped hypertufa flowerpots at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3. Fee is $15. Attendees should wear old clothes, and bring an old bath towel and latex gloves.

Master Gardener Penny Deiner will share The Idea Garden at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17. For many, the planting season is over, but the planning season has just begun. Now is the time to reflect and plan the garden for next year. Whether wanting to make small changes or big ones, subtle or profound, a larger garden or a smaller one, primarily annuals or perennials, vegetables or flowers, attendees will see ideas that have worked in demonstration and personal gardens.

Master Gardener Gainor Urian will lead a workshop on container gardening at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24. There is no limit to the containers that might be used to showcase plants. Container gardening is versatile and fun as well as functional. The discussion will include choosing a container, what planting medium to use, what plants to use, and esthetic as well as practical uses for containers, and finally, maintenance. If attendees don't know them already, they will learn the three words that guarantee design success for any container planting.

Master Gardener Tracy Mulveny will hold a craft workshop making seed tape cards and other items for holiday gifting to gardening friends at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14 . Attendees may bring their children and grandchildren to this fun workshop. Fee $5.

Master Gardener Mary Noel will conduct a workshop on making a beautiful door swag for the holidays at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14. Participants should bring a pair of shears and an icepick or something similar with a sharp point for this hands-on workshop. The basis for the swag is a potato, which will be provided. Evergreens and ribbon will be also be provided. Fee $15. For more informant or to preregister, contact Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, Ext. 544, email or go to

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. If attendees have special needs to be accommodated, they should contact the office two weeks prior to the event.