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
May 4, 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

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, 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.
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

Pandora Eggplant Grow Off!
When: June 10, 2017
Where: Mercer, PA
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