In April of 2014, the Carbon County Master Gardener program held its first pollinator workshop. We hoped to inform gardeners in Carbon County of the plight of our pollinators, and to develop a network of certified pollinator gardens in communities around the county.
Chester County Master Gardeners receive 1st Place Search for Excellence Award for Special Needs Audience at the State Master Gardener Conference.
The Cumberland and Perry Counties Plant, Prepare, Partake! project won 1st place for community service in the 2014 Master Gardener Search for Excellence awards.
Flowering Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) known to most by the name Bradford Pear, which was one of the first introduced cultivars of this Asian pear is probably the most over planted landscape tree.
People are concerned about the effect pesticides have on wildlife and the environment. Specifically, there is a lot of discussion about the role pesticides play in the decline of pollinators; both honeybees and wild insects.
The Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County have built a new permanent raised bed garden and shade garden at the 4-H Building at the Harford Fair (August 18-23). These gardens will serve as a teaching tool for Master Gardeners to deliver educational programs throughout the week of the Fair.
Memorial garden planned for former State Master Gardener Coordinator will highlight teaching and pollinators.
Our connection with nature has always been considered a vital aspect of promoting health and wellness and never more so than in today’s fast paced, chaotic and unpredictable world. Gardeners often describe their two minutes or two hours in the garden as life enhancing, where stress melts away, life slows down, and we feel the sense of renewal that comes with our connection to the life cycle that exists in our landscapes. Nowhere are those feelings more important than in our healthcare settings.
Muddy Paws Marsh, located in Spring Mills, was a mowed field when Greg and Mary Kay Williams purchased it in 1991. Originally a thriving wetland, the property had been drained around 1940 for agricultural purposes. With the aim of providing the public with education and appreciation of wetlands, the Williams allied with local, state and federal agencies in 2000 to restore Muddy Paws Marsh to its original glory. The cooperative effort resulted in a project that is a model of environmental stewardship and education.
Clinton County Master Gardeners have partnered with the Central Mountain High School horticulture program to benefit both programs.
Lancaster County now leads the state in the number of certified pollinator friendly gardens.
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Philadelphia County win first prize for their community vegetable garden in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's City Gardens Contest!
Enthusiastic Master Gardeners gathered at Seattle's Pier 91 on September 7 to board the Holland America ms Westerdam for the 2013 International Master Gardeners Conference (IMGC)
Lancaster County Master Gardeners accepted the 1st Place Search for Excellence Award in the youth category for their work with the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center.
Those of us close to the land know that pollinators are essential to life. Bees, butterflies, flies, beetles, birds and others are responsible for pollinating the majority of our world's crops. In fact, pollinators are responsible for about one-third of the food we eat.
Tractors the size of a brontosaurus, with buckets stretching into the sky, lined the fields of Rock Springs. Through this massive display of agricultural horsepower, thousands of visitors converged on the 2013 Ag Progress Days.