Sussex Master Gardeners workshops continue May 19

May 17, 2020

Sussex Master Gardeners recently announced several upcoming workshops.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the classes on the current schedule will be held via Zoom. Attendees can access the workshop via a computer or smartphone. The classes are free.

Preregistration is required at An email to participants will be sent out with a Zoom link/phone number and handouts 24 hours prior to the scheduled workshop.

Master Gardener Terry Plummer will present a workshop on Landscaping with Native Plants at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 19. Gardeners can learn to make life easier with less watering and less fuss by planting native trees, shrubs and perennials for a delightful landscape.

Plummer  will introduce a wide variety of native plant materials that will draw insects and the birds that love to eat them to the garden. Handouts will be emailed with the Zoom link for participation in the workshop.

Master Gardener Bill Huxtable will talk about Shade Gardening at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 16. There are many plants to choose from to use in shady areas of the garden. This workshop will help gardeners decide which they prefer. Handouts will be available to assist in picking the perfect plant.

Master Gardener Cherie Dorfman will present a workshop on Local Hydrangeas at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18. Participants will learn about hydrangeas that do particularly well in Sussex County. Following a presentation on hydrangea selection and care, there will be a virtual tour of the hydrangea section of the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden.

To register, go to For more information, contact Tammy Schirmer by emailing or calling 302-236-0298.

For answers about lawn and gardening needs, call the garden helpline at 302-856-2585, Ext. 535. The helpline is open Monday to Friday through Wednesday, Oct.14. During the COVID-19 crisis, leave a voice message. Volunteers will do their best to return a call within 48 hours.

To ask a gardening question online 24 hours a day, go to

For general information, go to or watch Master Gardener Minute Videos at

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