Westmoreland 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.

Westmoreland County Master Gardener News

Kids using the gardening display at Westmoreland Earth Day
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners Educate Kids at Earth Day Celebration
May 1, 2014
The Westmoreland County Penn State Master Gardeners educated adults and kids about the joys of composting and gardening.
Selection & Care of Cut Christmas Trees
December 3, 2012
Despite the popularity and life-like appearance of modern artificial trees, nothing says “Christmas” like the fragrance a cut, live Christmas tree brings to your home. Beyond the initial set up and making sure it always has water, a well-selected cut tree is not much more trouble than an artificial one. And you do not have to worry about storing it for the rest of the year!

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

Woody Plant Identification: Deciduous Shrubs
When: July 20 - August 10, 2017
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Woody Plant Identification: Deciduous Shrubs
When: July 20 - August 10, 2017
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Allegheny County
When: October 1, 2017
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Westmoreland County
When: October 2, 2017
Where: Greensburg, PA