Adams County Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener Program provides interested individuals with extensive training in many phases of gardening. In return, participants volunteer to teaching horticultural information to the public based on university research and recommendations.

Adams County Master Gardener News

Purple Cone Flower entered in the Fair
The 2017 South Mountain Fair is Early this Year... Prepare Now
May 3, 2017
Now that it seems spring finally is here, it is not too early to start planning for the South Mountain Fair. The fair opens early again this year on August 1 at 4 pm and runs through August 5. Please take note of this early date.
Adams County Master Gardener Awards for 2015
March 23, 2016
The Penn State Master Gardeners of Adams County recently awarded Service Pins and Charms to Master Gardeners for achieving goals of volunteer hours, and for years of service.
Mr. Yuk
Mr. Yuk is Making Himself Kown in Local Schools
March 23, 2016
Mr. Yuk has been a familiar face in many schools in Adams County during the months of February and March. This green, not very happy face was first seen in the early 1970’s. It serves as a reminder to be careful with chemicals and other common household products that could become a poison if not used properly.
Master Gardener Classes Get Rave Reviews
March 23, 2016
Gardening in Your Environment is a seven week course offered every year by the Adams County Master Gardeners with a slightly different twist each year.
Bees on Coneflower
Bees are Our Friends
March 23, 2016
We must make friends with bees if we are to continue to have food that in large part is pollinated by bees. Our farmland is constantly being reduced by housing developments but our farm production has risen over the decades because of better methods of farming. Bees are part of that improvement in farming methods, and Master Gardeners are helping with the science of finding out where the bees are and what plants they like to feed on.

Gardening News

Photo by Pamela T.  Hubbard
Creating a Cutting Garden
June 13, 2017
Fresh flowers on my dining table, kitchen counter, and desk brighten my home and make me smile. Bringing profuse bouquets into the house, however, means a limited show in the garden. You can solve this problem by creating a flower garden specifically for cutting. I will explain how to construct and care for a cutting garden using flowers most suitable for the Pennsylvania.
Heat Proofing Your Vegetable Garden
June 12, 2017
The dog days of summer can be tough on your vegetables. Even heat-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers might need a little extra care during a heat wave. Here is how you can to protect your garden – and harvest during a heat wave.
Lady's Mantle, Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
The Highs and Lows of Gardening: Vines and Groundcovers
May 16, 2017
Plant gorgeous vines and beautiful groundcovers to solve some common problems in your garden.
 Bleeding heart by Liz West / Muffet, Flickr.com License 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
An Old Fashioned Favorite: Bleeding Heart
May 15, 2017
Plants often spark memories for me. Bleeding heart has a special place in my garden and my heart.
Heirloom Tomatoes
May 15, 2017
Heirloom tomatoes come in almost every color of the rainbow, with subtle variations in color, texture, size, shape and flavors. Each variety of heirloom tomato carries with it a story, one of history and folklore.

Regional Events

Master Gardener Garden Tour: Cumberland County
When: June 25, 2017
Where: Carlisle, PA
Integrated Pest Management
When: June 27, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA
Monarch Mania Class
When: June 28, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Pollinator-Friendly Gardening with Penn State Master Gardeners
When: July 10, 2017
Where: Carlisle, PA