Projects and Events
Butler County Master Gardeners spend their volunteer time working on a variety of gardening education projects and demonstration gardens. We provide speakers for local groups and teach gardening topics throughout the county. Our gardens usually have a theme — herbs or vegetables or attracting pollinators — and are educational in nature. We have a Master Gardener exhibit at the Butler County Farm Show. Additionally, we host an annual Spring Garden Market and Home Show, and an annual Fall Garden Workshop.
The Spring Garden Market and Home Show, which is held at Alameda Park in Butler, is a diverse mix of plant sales, crafts, home-goods vendors, workshops and food. May 21, 2016, will mark the fourteenth anniversary of the event, and the third year the Master Gardeners will partner with the Butler County Parks and Recreation for a Spring Garden Market and Home Show. It is the perfect event for gardeners to get the season off to a great start.
The Butler County Farm Show exhibit, smaller in venue and more educational in nature, is geared to providing information on a selected theme, and for providing information on our next Master Gardener class. Over the years, visitors to the Butler Farm show have learned about native and shade plants, bulbs, perennials and vegetables. Click here for more information about our Farm Show Exhibit.
In the fall of each year, we hold a Fall Garden Workshop and Plant Sale to wrap up the gardening season. The day-long workshop features gardening experts speaking on a variety of topics that appeal to all home gardeners. The Fall Garden Workshop will be held this year on September 17, 2016.
Master Gardener educational gardens can be found throughout Butler County including Cranberry Township, Mars, Butler and Slippery Rock. There is a Native Plant and Butterfly Trail at Moraine State Park and the grounds surround the Penn State Extension Office are graced by Master Gardener plantings.
Following is a complete listing of gardens planted and supported by the Butler County Penn State Master Gardeners:
Butler Library Garden
Butler Township Municipal Building grounds
Cranberry Township Municipal Building Demonstration Garden
Extension Office Grounds
Jennings Environmental Educational Center
Mars Library Demonstration Garden
Native Plant and Butterfly Trail at Moraine State Park
Slippery Rock Parks and Rec. Demonstration Garden