Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce their early 2012 (Winter/Spring) series of gardening workshops. Pre-registration is required for all Master Gardener workshops and the public may register online or contact Tammy Schirmer at 856-2585 x 544.
Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. In 2010 Sussex County Master Gardeners provided outreach to 5, 315 participants via 59 workshops. Collectively, in 2010 Master Gardeners donated 5,631 hours of expertise to local Sussex communities.
(location subject to change)
‘Starting Plants from Seeds‘, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Ila Myers. Learn the basics of seed starting including types of containers, timing, lighting, temperature, moisture, and soil. At little cost, you can increase the variety and quantity of your plants by using seeds.
‘Using the Web to Plan and Design Your Garden’, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room 3.
Presented by Darrell Hagar. Learn to use several websites that provide garden planning software to layout a vegetable garden. These sites create plans that can be printed and saved to aid in future planning and proper crop rotation.
‘Weeds, Identification & Control’, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Jay Windsor. Not sure if it’s a weed or flower? Learn the difference and how to control (eliminate?) those pesky weeds.
‘How Not To Grow Your Grapes’, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Meeting Room 2
Presented by Dixie Gildon. Learn about growing grapes from a gardener who has grown them for 20 years.
‘Garden Smart, Garden Easy’, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Bob Williams. Think all gardening tools are the same? Learn what tools and techniques are available for the gardener as we age or develop mobility issues. Tools and techniques which can help make gardening enjoyable again.
‘Planning/Journaling in the Garden’, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Jessica Clark. A garden journal can add to your gardening success and enhance your enjoyment of your gardening activities. Discover how creative you can be with the written word. Weather permitting; we will explore the Demonstration Garden for inspiration. You can feel free to share your writings or write only for your benefit. Bring a notebook, some photos of your garden and some ideas.
‘Children Planting the Children’s Garden’, Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m., Held in the Demonstration Garden.
Presented by Chris Henderson. Children will work with the Master Gardeners to plant seeds and seedlings in the Children’s Garden area and learn about theme gardens. Ages 5-11, accompanied by an adult, limit 20 children.
‘Five- Minute Flower Arranging’, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Lisa Arni. Watch our instructor make flower arrangements in 5minutes — no rules, just fun with flowers! Several quick and easy flower arrangements will be demonstrated (no hands-on) using flowers and other elements from the garden.
‘Photographing Your Garden’, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Bobbie Ranney. Whether you want to document development of your own garden, capture the essence of gardens you visit in your travels or take close-up pictures of your favorite flowers, you will gain insights that will enable you to take garden photos that look like they were taken by a professional. Bring your camera and we will go out to the Demonstration Garden to practice.
‘You Just Have to Look! ’, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Brent Marsh. The insects in your backyard are just as exciting as the wild animals in the jungle, but because they’re so small, you just have to look. Grownups, kids, and grandkids will enjoy this lively presentation. We’ll end up with a safari outside to our Demonstration Garden. Bring the kids and grandkids, or come by yourself.