Mercer 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.

Mercer County Master Gardener News

Master Gardener Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens on July 28-30
June 6, 2017
Mercer County Master Gardeners invite you to join us on a three-day bus trip to Longwood Gardens and Chanticleer in Eastern Pennsylvania. Arrive at the Mercer Extension Office by 6:00 a.m. for departure promptly at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, July 28. We will return on Sunday, July 30 at approximately 8:00 p.m.
Photo submitted by: Laura Hlusko, Mercer County Master Gardener
Starfruit and its Ability to Shine
February 14, 2017
Over the years, one fruit has caught my eye repeatedly - the Starfruit.
Photo submitted by: Laura Hlusko, Mercer County Master Gardener
Clintonia Umbellulata: The Orchid That Wasn't
February 14, 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?
Photo submitted by: Laura Hlusko, Mercer County Master Gardener
Mayflies: Their Life Story and Sacrifice
February 14, 2017
Mayflies, or insects belonging to Ephemeroptera, are likely to be found near water.
Photo submitted by: Laura Hlusko, Mercer County Master Gardener
Monilinia Fruiticola: Brown Rot of Stonefruits
February 14, 2017
One of the most frequent complaints I hear about fresh produce is that “they go bad too soon!”

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

Master Gardener Bus Trip to Longwood & Chanticleer Gardens
When: July 28-30, 2017
Where: Mercer, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Butler County
When: October 5, 2017
Where: Butler, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Venango County
When: October 5, 2017
Where: Franklin, PA