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

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.
These 2 bottles yielded over 20 chamomile plants ready to plant in May
Successful Winter Seed Sowing
January 14, 2017
Are seed catalogs revving you up to start planting? You don't have to wait. Get a jump start with sowing seeds right now in winter!
Winter Solstice-Out of the Darkness
January 7, 2017
As the days get longer, why isn't it getting warmer? Winter is a chance to explore your local areas and see a different landscape.

Gardening News

WPSU Features Penn State Extension on "Get Your Garden On!"
May 16, 2017
On Thursday, May 25 at 8pm join Penn State Extension horticulture educators "Live!" as they share their tips for the best growing season ever.
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.
Working With the Black Walnut
May 15, 2017
Black walnut is one of the last trees to leaf out in the spring and one of the first to lose its leaves in the fall.

Regional Events

Small Flowering Trees
When: May 23, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA
Perry County Master Gardener Plant Sale
When: May 27, 2017
Where: New Bloomfield, PA
Landscaping with Herbs
When: June 3, 2017
Where: Chambersburg, PA
Family Garden Day
When: June 3, 2017
Where: Carlisle, PA
Learn Weed Identification
When: June 8, 2017
Where: New Bloomfield, PA