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 a Fall Garden Seminar.
The Spring Garden Market, which is held at Alameda Park in Butler, is a diverse mix of plants, crafts, home-goods vendors, workshops and food. May 17, 2014, will mark the twelfth anniversary of the event, and the first 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 Farm Show exhibit, smaller in venue and more educational in nature, is geared to providing information on a selected theme and recruiting new master gardeners. Over the years, visitors to the Butler Farm show have learned about native and shade plants, bulbs, perennials and vegetables. For more information about the Farm Show Exhibit.
In the fall of each year, we hold a Fall Gardening 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.
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 Township Municipal Building grounds
Cranberry Township Municipal Building Demonstration Garden
Extension Office Grounds
Garden Club at the Orchard
Mars Library Demonstration Garden
Native Plant and Butterfly Trail at Moraine State Park
Slippery Rock Parks and Rec. Demonstration Garden