The Sussex County Master Gardeners announced its winter/spring schedule of workshops.

Classes are free, unless otherwise specified, and held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.

— Growing Native Plants from Seed: 1 p.m. Jan. 29. Led by Master Gardener Judy Pfister. Learn how to grow native plants from seed — a great way to populate the garden with native plants without breaking the garden budget. Learn tips and techniques for seed starting indoors and outside and requirements for germination, and take home native seeds for starting. Presentation will be a PowerPoint and hands on with time for questions and examining exhibits.

— Plant, Eat and Be Merry: 1 p.m. Feb. 12. Master Gardeners Gaye Mara and Maureen Ryan, long-time co-managers of the Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden, will share their basics of vegetable gardening. They will also acquaint attendees with a few fun vegetables that have done well in the garden.

— Winter Watercoloring Journaling: The Garden at Rest: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5. Artist Kelly Sverduk will teach a class on watercoloring journaling, a creative way to document the life of a garden and backyard, the little details of life changing through the seasons. This workshop will begin with the basics of paper choice and sketching from life. Instruction will also cover page design and ideas, adding waterproof ink and various watercolor techniques for bringing drawings to life. Bring a lunch, a white plate to use as a palette, a pencil/eraser, ruler, painting rag and a small container for water. Brushes, paint, pen and paper will be provided. Cost is $25.

— Raised Beds and Table Gardens: 1 p.m. March 12. Master Gardener Bob Williams will discuss types of raised beds and plans to build these structures, what materials and soils to use, what plants to plants, along with maintenance issues like watering and tools.

— The Master Gardener Program: 6:30 p.m. March 19 or 1 p.m. April 2. Master Gardeners Bob Dougherty and Linda Peters will present a talk on the Master Gardener program. They will discuss who the Master Gardeners are, the Master Gardener training, volunteer opportunities and the application process.

— The Best of Flavor and Fragrance: 6:30 p.m. March 26. Led by horticulturist Holly Shimizu. Plants used for their flavor can be confusing, things such as oregano. This workshop focuses on which plants are best for culinary uses as well as some of the best plants to use for their fragrance in Delaware gardens.

— Gardening in Squares and Circles: 6:30 p.m. April 16. Master Gardener Penny Deiner will present a workshop on a method of gardening focused on growing vegetables and flowers in small spaces. It emphasizes designing a garden based on your personal needs and location, preparing the soil, selecting plants, planting and replanting. Garden squares take 80 percent less space than traditional row gardening, there are fewer weeds to pull and more flowers to enjoy. Gardening in squares is viewed in the context of accessibility and making outdoor spaces inviting, productive and enjoyable.

— New to Delaware: 1 p.m. April 30. Master Gardeners Tracy Mulveny and Susan Trone will lead a discussion addressing the gardening challenges faced by newcomers to the state. Learn the do's and don'ts of gardening in Delaware from some Master Gardeners who learned the hard way.

— Succulents for the Laid-Back Gardener: 1 p.m. March 14. Master Gardener Gainor Urian will present on succulents — plants that store water in their stems or leaves. Because of their ability to exist in a variety of environments and their shallow root system, there is no limit to the fun planting them in unique containers.

— Bluebirds and Songbirds of Delmarva: 6:30 p.m. May 21. Master Gardener Bob Dougherty will present a workshop covering Delaware’s songbirds, their nesting boxes, types of feeders, seed mixes and accessories, as well as placement of nesting boxes and feeders. A discussion Q&A period follows the presentation.

— Establishing a Meadow — The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: 6:30 p.m. June 12. Master Gardeners Sandi Dew and Judy Pfister will present on the challenges, successes and failures experienced in establishing the new demonstration meadow in the Master Gardeners’ demonstration garden. A tour of the meadow will follow the discussion, and the evening ends with a screening of the movie “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf.” Oudolf is a renowned landscape designer; this films highlights his creative process and the resulting gardens.

Register for workshops by phone to 856-2585, ext. 544, email to or at