Dauphin 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.

Dauphin County Master Gardener News

Time to Pick Your Tomatoes for 2014
March 18, 2014
Now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer.
Caring for Hand Garden Tools
October 24, 2013
We should always clean garden tools after use and dry them before storing in a sheltered location...
Don’t Trash Those Leaves!
October 24, 2013
Before you bag up the leaves falling from your trees, consider their potential for your landscape. The leaves of one large shade tree can be worth as much as $50 of plant food and humus...
Figure 5: 17-year periodical cicadas on Douglas-fir in Dauphin County [S. Pickel, PDA
Insects of Interest: Periodical Cicadas
May 31, 2013
There has been a great deal of media attention this year on the mass emergence of Brood II of the 17-year cicadas, an insect phenomenon of eastern North America. These insects began emerging this week in Dauphin County.
Summer Lawn Care
July 2, 2012
When it comes to maintaining summer lawns, a little laziness is a good thing. “The spring recipe for lawn care is to fertilize, mow up to twice a week and treat for weeds, but you should back off on all those practices during the summer,” says Pete Landschoot, Turfgrass Specialist for Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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

Ned Smith: Gone for the Day
When: August 22, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA
Woody Plant Identification: Shade Trees
When: August 30, 2017
Where: Hershey, PA
Made for the Shade with George Weigel
When: September 7, 2017
Where: New Bloomfield, PA
Rain Barrel Workshop
When: September 21, 2017
Where: York, PA
Naturalistic Planting Design
When: September 26, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA