York 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.

York County Master Gardener News

21st Annual Native Plant Sale to be held inside
May 11, 2017
Join MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners as we celebrate our 21st annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13th at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York PA 17402. Because of forecast of rain, we are moving inside!! Join us from 8:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Come early for the best selection. Proceeds benefit MAEscapes gardens and educational programs.
Master Gardener class of 2016
New Master Gardeners Finish Classes
February 1, 2017
26 York County residents have just completed a series of extensive classes toward their certification as Penn State Master Gardeners.
Gardens at John Rudy Park earn Search for Excellence Award
July 29, 2014
York County Master Gardeners work in partnership with the York County Juvenile Probation Department and the York County Department of Parks and Recreation to plant, maintain and harvest the Gardens at John Rudy County Park.
MAEscape Rain Garden
Rain Gardens to Manage Storm Water Runoff
November 16, 2012
An economical and ecological way to collect rain water is to install a rain garden. Properly established, these gardens manage storm water runoff at a fraction of the cost of standard methods and beautify your yard at the same time.
MAEscapes Gardens Mentioned in Patriot News Article
June 9, 2011
George Weigel of the Patriot News discusses Jacquie Doyle's talk at the Millersville Native Plant Conference. He also mentions the MAEscapes gardens at Penn State Extension, York County

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

Ned Smith: Gone for the Day
When: August 22, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training: Adams County
When: September 6, 2017
Where: Gettysburg, PA
Rain Barrel Workshop
When: September 21, 2017
Where: York, PA
Naturalistic Planting Design
When: September 26, 2017
Where: Camp Hill, PA
Rain Barrel Workshop
When: September 30, 2017
Where: Dillsburg, PA