Franklin 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.

Franklin County Master Gardener News

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17th Annual Tomato Tasting Day
July 11, 2017
Come out and enjoy the taste of summer Franklin County-style at one of the most popular free, local events-Tomato Tasting Day- on Aug. 19 from 9 to noon. Hot pepper table plus salsa & tomato contests.
Gardeners Fill the Buckets
May 25, 2017
At what is becoming an annual event, Franklin County Master Gardeners hosted a South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP)/Gleaning Project event where volunteers planted 4-gallon buckets with a vegetable and herb to be distributed to families by SCCAP.
Victory Gardens - Then and Now
February 17, 2017
During World War II resources were scarce and Victory Gardens played an important part in the war effort. Today’s war is a grass roots revolution from processed food.
1944 Pennsylvania Victory Gardens
February 12, 2017
Many people today are not aware of how successful WWII Victory Gardens were in providing not only food but improving nutrition for civilians. Here’s a look at Pennsylvania’s Victory Gardens back then.
Chickadees need more than 5000 caterpillars to feed one clutch
The Importance of Home Gardens
January 28, 2017
Today suburban landscapes are becoming the lifelines for plants and animals that have lost their native habitat to development. Wildlife is forced to depend upon our human-dominated landscapes for their continued survival. Here's some guidelines for gardeners.

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

Ned Smith: Gone for the Day
When: August 22, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Franklin County
When: September 6, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Adams County
When: September 6, 2017
Where: Gettysburg, PA
Made for the Shade with George Weigel
When: September 7, 2017
Where: New Bloomfield, PA
Turf Class
When: September 9, 2017
Where: Orrstown, PA