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GardenWise - Workshops
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When: Sat., Mar. 9, 2019
(7:30 AM - 4:00 PM)

Where: Central York Middle School
1950 N Hills Rd.
York, Pennsylvania 17406
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registration deadline: March 2, 2019
11:59 p.m.

Kick off the gardening season by joining the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of York County for GardenWise, a one-day garden school. GardenWise is filled with informative sessions for new and experienced gardeners.

The goal of GardenWise is to share researched based information about sustainable gardening and environmental stewardship.

  • Larry Weaner joins us with tips on how to landscape with native plants.
  • Susan Smith Pagano brings her research on berries and birds.
  • Dan Duran explains the ecosystem services provided by insects and how we can preserve those services.
  • Additional breakout sessions on herbs, hollies, pruning, ticks/ lyme disease, and more will be offered.

In between sessions, shop our vendors*, visit educational displays, and network with area gardeners.

*Please note that not all vendors accept credit cards.


Saturday, March 9, 2019

07:30 am Registration / Continental Breakfast (included)

08:30 am Welcome

08:40 am Keynote - Living in the Wild: My House Experiencing wild nature needn't be limited to the remotest regions of the world. It can occur in even the smallest backyard garden. Learn how noted landscape designer Larry Weaner interacts with and responds to ecological processes to create an ever-evolving, yet still ornamental, garden on his small property outside Philadelphia. His brains-over-brawn approach goes beyond simple editing of what occurs naturally, and incorporates natural processes and plants' reproductive abilities to achieve common aesthetic and functional goals. And perhaps most importantly, discover how loosening the reins bring a new found mystery and discovery to even the smallest garden.

09:40 am Break

10:00 am Native Plants and Migratory Birds: A “Fruit-Full” Pairing Fall-ripening fruits are extensively utilized by migratory birds help to support the high energetic demands of long-distance migration. But all fruits are not created equal and there may be nutritional consequences for birds associated with the introduction of novel, non-native fruiting shrubs. Successful habitat management for migratory songbirds could incorporate many native plants that produce calorific, high-fat, and antioxidant-rich berries. These high-quality foods may help to promote the rapid fat deposition necessary for birds to fill up their fuel tanks before continuing migration.

11:00 am Break

Breakout Session 1

11:20 am Getting to the Source of Our Native Plants: Does Provenance Matter? As native plants gain popularity in the horticultural trade there are important issues and challenges that need to be considered. The potential for genetic exchange between cultivated native plants and wild plant populations means that our landscaping decisions have impacts beyond the boundaries of our yards. Does the geographic source of a plant matter as long as it's a native species? Are cultivars of native species equivalent to naturally occurring populations? These topics are discussed and recommendations given to help native plant enthusiasts make better-informed decisions for long-term survival of native species.

11:20 am Hollies: The Crown Jewel in the Horticultural World Learn about the diversity of Holly species and their place in the garden/landscape. Discover how to create year-round beauty by using Hollies in any size garden; propagation and pruning techniques demonstrated, pollination and other questions answered.

11:20 am Dare 2B Tick Aware This session is also offered in Breakout Session 2. Learn how to prevent tick bites and Lyme/tick-borne diseases. Program will cover Ticks and Tick-borne diseases, preventing tick bites, what to do if bitten by a tick, recognizing early symptoms, seeking help if you get sick and much more.

11:20 am Lawn Alternatives: Creating Successful Ground / Layers Demand for alternatives to mowed turf is increasing. Yet successful techniques for consistently establishing turf alternatives are less understood since it often involves acting counter to traditional horticultural practices. This presentation explores practical ways to adapt ground layer compositions found in our native woodlands, wetlands, and meadows to residential properties small and large as well as public landscapes. It illustrates how environmental and cost benefits can be realized through the creation of visually stunning lawn alternatives.

12:20 pm Lunch (provided)

Breakout Session 2

01:30 pm Dare 2B Tick Aware This session is also offered in Breakout Session 1. Program Description: Learn how to prevent tick bites and Lyme/tick-borne diseases. Program will cover Ticks and Tick-borne diseases, preventing tick bites, what to do if bitten by a tick, recognizing early symptoms, seeking help if you get sick and much more.

01:30 pm Pruning like the Pros Reduce your fear of what and how to cut woody plants. Using basic biology, determine your plant’s needs. Re-direct growth of your trees and shrubs to meet objectives like health, size or reduce risk with the latest research. Learn the differences and effects of three different pruning techniques. Meet the tools that will ensure your success. Then, when your saw is sharp, apply your new knowledge with confidence!

01:30 pm The Herb Garden in Spring With great anticipation we wait for the arrival of our early herbs of spring. This session will highlight those early spring herbs. We will discuss how to grow, harvest and preserve these herbs while at their best and before the heat of summer descends. Join us as we gather to learn more about the herbs of spring.

01:30 pm From Start to Finish From seed collection to taking cuttings, propagation and growing – just how many steps are involved before a plant reaches the customer? Natives for small and large spaces – color & interest throughout the year – think outside the garden gate!

02:30 pm Break

02:50 pm An Overview of the Ecosystem Services Insects Provide Simply put, all life on earth depends on insects, for more reasons than most people realize. This talk will explore some of the immeasurably important ways that insects keep ecosystems functioning. Nutrient recycling, pollination services, and trophic interactions will be reviewed. Lastly, there will be a discussion of the ways in which we can conserve our much-needed insect diversity.

03:50 pm Closing Remarks / Adjourn


Urban Forestry
Mosquito Surveillance and Control Pesticide Education Community and Citizen Engagement

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