Allegheny County Master Gardener Program
Allegheny County Master Gardener News
2014 Herb of the Year: Artemisia
June 30, 2014Artemisia (family Asteraceae) is a large genus including over 300 different species. It was chosen to be the "2014 Herb of the Year" by The International Herb Association.
Allegheny County Master Gardeners Recognized at State Conference with Two "Search for Excellence" Awards
July 5, 2012The Master Gardeners of Allegheny County were recognized with two first place awards in the Search for Excellence Program, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Master Gardener Conference, held in State College, last month. Judged by coordinators from counties throughout the Commonwealth, these awards identify exceptional volunteer projects that make a significant contribution to the community.
Master Gardeners Visit Pittsburgh Schools with Poison Prevention Lesson
June 1, 2012Mr. Yuk is green, Mr. Yuk is mean….This spring, the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, with the help of Mr. Yuk, taught an important lesson in Poison Prevention to 666 first graders at twelve different Pittsburgh city schools.
Critter Resistant Spring Flowering Bulbs
August 3, 2011Many gardeners hesitate to put their work and money into spring flowering bulbs because they have had bad experiences with chipmunks and voles damaging the bulbs, or with rabbits and deer eating the plants once they grow in spring.
Q&A with Sandy Feather: Oak wilt can kill some trees quickly
March 7, 2011A disease called oak wilt has been identified in my neighborhood. I have three red oak trees that make my backyard a shady haven and I would hate to lose them. How can I protect my trees?
Pruning Flowering Shrubs
April 29, 2015Like many spring-blooming shrubs, azaleas “bloom on old wood,” which means they set next year’s flower buds shortly after they finish blooming this year. If you wait too long to prune them, you will remove many of next year’s blooms when you prune, especially if you shear your azaleas.
Frost vs. Freeze
April 23, 2015Frost, “killing frost,” freeze warnings, a “killing freeze” - what is the difference? In casual conversation the terms frost and freeze are often interchangeable but there is a very real difference. Frost and freeze are two distinct phenomena. These terms take on significance when they are associated with the growing season for home gardeners.
The Life Cycle of Butterflies
April 9, 2015Have you ever stopped and wondered how things are named? An insect called butterfly? How in the world did it get its name?
Tools of the Trade
March 26, 2015Gardening, no matter how much we enjoy it, is work.
Seed Starting and the War with Rabbits
March 11, 2015Have you planted some wonderful small young seedlings to have them become tasty morsels for your local rabbit family? Have you tried everything from scattering human hair, soap, hot peppers, and even fox urine to deter the rabbits and nothing worked?
Master Gardener Plant Sale
When: May 9, 2015Where: Greensburg, PA
2015 Armstrong County Master Gardener Plant Sale
When: May 16, 2015Where: Kittanning, PA
Woody Plant Identification - Flowering Trees
When: May 26, 2015Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training - Westmoreland County
When: October 5, 2015Where: Greensburg, PA