2023 Delaware Master Gardener Fall into the Garden

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Join us for a morning of learning (and plant shopping!). This year’s Fall into the Garden coincides with our fall plant sale. Our program, designed for both novice and experienced gardeners, will feature a variety of topics, giveaways, an opportunity to network with our expert Master Gardeners, and our annual fall plant sale. UDairy Creamery ice cream will also be served.


This year’s Fall into the Garden program includes:


Fall Dig for a Spring Surprise! Spring Bulb Basics, with Master Gardener Heather Scott


Did you know Fall is the time to plant all those beautiful Spring bulbs? And that planting bulbs in containers or pots can be just as rewarding as planting them in the ground. Some say gardening is all in the timing. This demonstration will explain the basics of selecting, digging, and potting that will bring you a cheerful, colorful Spring surprise! From bulb selection, storage, design, maintenance, and critter proofing, learn some easy practical advice that will have you eager to give bulb planting a try, increase your current bulb planting, and introduce you to retailers and wholesalers offering a wide variety of bulbs you may purchase on-line. The bulb pots created for this workshop will be part of a raffle.


Native Woody Plants for Delaware Landscapes, with Master Gardener Judy Hough-Goldstein


Fall is also the best time to plant native trees and shrubs – the backbone of a sustainable landscape that supports native wildlife in addition to beautifying your yard. Although good-sized woody plants can be expensive, you may find bargains at local garden centers in late fall as they prepare to close for the winter. For today’s program, you will receive a copy of a recent publication from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and Botanic Gardens, entitled Native Plants for Delaware Landscapes, and we will discuss the pros and cons of many of these, while showing pictures from local landscapes. Then choose your favorites to enhance your property!


Winter Seed Sowing, with Master Gardener Rebecca Rendeiro


Join us and learn how to winter sow your way to a beautiful summer garden full of flowering perennials. What is winter sowing? It is an outdoor method of seed germination that requires

minimal effort and cost, and it jumpstarts your planting season using Mother Nature and recycled plastic containers.



Our Fall Plant Sale is scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm. We will offer gourds, mums, and pumpkins, vegetable starts including lettuce, collards, Swiss chard, and kale as well as the following featured native plants:


  • Aster cordifolius, Blue Wood-Aster
  • Chelone obliqua ‘Tiny Tortuga’, Turtlehead
  • Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’, Tickseed
  • Helianthus salicifolius ‘First Light’, Willowleaf Sunflower
  • Heuchera ‘Green Spice’, Coral Bells
  • Packera aurea, Golden Ragwort
  • Sporobolus heterolepis, Prairie Dropseed

Registration is $20. 

Entrance to the Fall Plant Sale is FREE!


This program is brought to you by University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, a service of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a land-grant institution.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

New Castle County Cooperative Extension
461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19711

Event Type

Community, Workshops



College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications, Cooperative Extension Service




EXTENSION - Master Gardener, EXTENSION - New Castle County
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Carrie Murphy


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