Allegheny 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.

Allegheny County Master Gardener News

Garden Tool Care: Now is the Time
October 10, 2016
Tools are an important part of gardening. We use tools to make our work easier: digging, pruning, planting, watering, and lugging stuff around the garden would all be much harder without our tools. With a little bit of time and care, we can keep our tools in good shape and good function.
Mercy Gardens Grape Arbor Clean-Up 2015
Explore Demonstration Gardens-Mercy Gardens
March 16, 2016
In the winter of 2014, members of the Penn State Master Gardeners class of 2015 worked with residents of Mercy Gardens and community stakeholders to improve several landscaped areas of the property, including cleaning up the severely overgrown grape arbors. In addition, Philip Fraley, PSMG 2015, produced a scaled map that locates and identifies most of the legacy trees on the site.
New brick walk ways added definition to the Garden Table in 2015
Explore Demonstration Gardens - The Garden Table
February 17, 2016
The Garden Table is an urban garden in Wilkinsburg created by several members of the Penn State Master Gardener class of 2012. The original intent of the garden was to engage the community and provide them with edibles and beauty. With that in mind, master gardeners transformed an abandoned and overgrown lot into an oasis of edible and ornamental flowering plants.
Background-fothergilla, Front-wild geranium
Explore Demonstration Gardens - Point State Park Gardens
January 29, 2016
With thirty-six acres of gardens, woods, lawn, and riverside walkways, Point State Park offers the experience of a natural forest in the City which has more than 3,000,000 visitors each year. It is an especially welcome respite for City residents, with its easy public transit access and connections to regional walking and bicycle trails.
Oakleaf Hydrangeas surround historical county signage.
Explore Demonstration Gardens - Courthouse Courtyard Garden
January 20, 2016
One of Pittsburgh’s best kept secrets is the lovely plaza inside the Allegheny County Courthouse. According to the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, the plaza was originally used for tying up horses, carriages and, eventually, for parking automobiles.

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, 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

Woody Plant Identification: Deciduous Shrubs
When: July 20 - August 10, 2017
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Woody Plant Identification: Deciduous Shrubs
When: July 20 - August 10, 2017
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Allegheny County
When: October 1, 2017
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Westmoreland County
When: October 2, 2017
Where: Greensburg, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Armstrong County
When: October 5, 2017
Where: Indiana, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Butler County
When: October 5, 2017
Where: Butler, PA