Who Are We?

Becoming a Master Gardener





Demonstration Garden

Walk in the Woods

Fisher Martin Herb Garden (Lewes)

Delaware Gardening Calendar

Plant A Row   *NEW For the Hungry Brochure (PAR)

Siembre una hilera para los pobres (PAR)   *NEW

Answering Garden Questions

UD Home Gardening   Information 

2009 Master Gardener Application Form
(Deadline June 1, 2009)

Volunteer Time Sheet (.pdf)

Activity Report Form (.pdf)

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2002 Class

2001 Class

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Who Are We?

Master Gardeners are people who enjoy gardening, have gardening experience, want to learn more about gardening, and have a desire to help others in their community. They have all completed an intensive training program and volunteered a minimum of 45 hours during their first year of membership.

How can I become a Master Gardener?

The next Master Gardener Training Class will be in 2009. Print this  application form, or contact:

Sussex County Extension Office
Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947


To become a Master Gardener, you must submit an application, successfully complete the training program held twice a week for 16 weeks every other fall, and complete 45 hours of volunteer service, part of which will consist of answering phone questions in the Extension Office, during the year following training. Training is held every other year in the fall. The next training sessions are in the fall of 2009.


What is Master Gardener Training?
Master Gardener Training includes topics such as:

   Plant identification

        Soils and plant nutrition

        Plant growth

        Plant propagation

        Insects and their control

        Diseases and their control

        Diagnosing plant problems

        Home landscaping

        Landscape maintenance

        Weed control

        Turf management

        Fruit and vegetable production

        Plant selection

Training is provided by Cooperative Extension specialists and agents, University of Delaware and Delaware State University faculty, nursery industry experts, and veteran master gardeners. The training program includes formal lectures, discussion sessions, tours, workshops, and problem-solving sessions. The training program is held every other year. The next training class will begin in September 2009. Kent and Sussex Master Gardeners are trained jointly. Classes alternate between Kent and Sussex Counties.

Master Gardener training does not end with the formal training course. Advanced Master Gardener training opportunities include state, regional, and national workshops; lectures at monthly meetings, special training sessions; and the shared experiences of a group of skilled, experienced gardeners.

Gardening Workshops

The Master Gardeners conduct public workshops on a variety of gardening topics each year. They also provide speakers for other organizations. The current workshop schedule is:

Mark Your Calendars! 

2009 Gardening Workshops 

Forcing Bulbs

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
1:00 p.m.

Denise Clemons

(LIMIT 22 participants)

Invite spring to arrive early by forcing bulbs indoors.  See how to force flowering bulbs, including: recommended species, preparations, selecting a container, and growing medium.  Attendees will receive a crystal forcing vase and flowering bulb to take home.  A $5.oo fee for materials will be collected on the day of the workshop.

Railroad Garden

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
7:00 p.m.

Mary Noel

Learn how to create a railroad in the garden and on a budget.  This is a great project for all members of the family to enjoy.  See how this master gardener combined the love of trains and gardening.

   Click Here to See the 2009 Winter/Spring Brochure

All workshops are held at the Sussex County Extension Office located at the Carvel Research and Education Center, Rt. 9 west of Georgetown. To pre-register call 856-7303. All workshops are free unless indicated..

When are the Master Gardener Meetings?

The Sussex County Master Gardeners meet monthly year-round. Most meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:00 am at the Sussex County Extension Office in Georgetown DE 19947. The September meeting is a picnic meeting held jointly with Kent County Master Gardeners, on a Sunday afternoon. The December meeting, a Holiday Banquet, is also held jointly with Kent County. Presentations on gardening topics often follow the business meetings.