Cumberland 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.

Cumberland County Master Gardener News

Weed Identification Workshop
July 11, 2017
Benjamin Franklin said “nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A gardener would surely add weeds to that list, for every year the weeds appear. At the next Gardening with Nature program on Tuesday, July 25, learn to identify some of the most common weeds found in lawn and garden, along with tips and strategies for managing these pesky plants.
Made for the Shade with George Weigel
June 22, 2017
Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County as they welcome George Weigel for a free presentation about gardening “Made for the Shade” on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.
Photo taken by Laura Hlusko, Mercer County Master Gardener
Clintonia Umbellulata: The Orchid That Wasn't
June 20, 2017
Do you have a gardening or plant wish list? You know all those plants you want to cultivate, meet and become incredibly knowledgeable about?
Family Garden Day with Penn State Master Gardeners
May 26, 2016
Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County are hosting Family Garden Day on Saturday, June 4, 2016, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Perry County Food Bank Garden
Plant, Prepare, Partake! Project Wins 1st Place
July 16, 2014
The Cumberland and Perry Counties Plant, Prepare, Partake! project won 1st place for community service in the 2014 Master Gardener Search for Excellence awards.

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

Weed Identification
When: July 25, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA
Backyard Railroad Gardening
When: July 29, 2017
Where: Orrstown, PA
Garden Art: Basic Flower Arranging Workshop
When: August 3, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Monarch Mania Class
When: August 15, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Ned Smith: Gone for the Day
When: August 22, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA