Home Gardening School

This one-day gardening event is open to gardeners of all skill levels.
Home Gardening School - Workshops
Language: English

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When: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019
(8:00 AM - 3:15 PM)

Where: Forest Resources Building
Park Ave. and Bigler Rd.
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

registration deadline: February 3, 2019
11:59 p.m.

Cure the winter blues and let's talk gardening at the Home Gardening School. Whether new to gardening or a seasoned veteran, this one-day seminar has something for you!

Who Should Attend?

This one-day gardening event is open to gardeners of all skill levels.

To Be Covered

  • Native Plants
  • Composting
  • A Landscaper’s Look at Your Land
  • Edible Landscaping
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Seed Starting
  • Sneak Peek at the New Pollinator and Bird Garden in the Arboretum
  • Master Gardeners' Favorite Plants
  • Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants in Rural Landscapes


Saturday, February 9, 2019

08:00 am Registration

09:00 am Welcome / Opening Remarks


09:05 am Keynote: Native Plants That Belong in Your Garden (Rm. 112) Dr. Eric Burkhart will offer a few of his top plant choices for Pennsylvania gardeners interested in integrating native plants into the landscape. Personal observations and scientifically-grounded information on identification, cultivars, cultural requirements, ecological importance, and propagation will be shared.

01:00 pm Keynote: A Sneak Peek at the New Pollinator and Bird Garden in the Arboretum at Penn State (Rm. 112) The Arboretum at Penn State is embarking on an exciting project - the creation of a new Pollinators' Garden and Bird Garden, which together will add nearly three acres to the existing H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. In this presentation, Shari will provide a sneak peek of the final design for the new space, and will discuss how scientific insights from Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research and ornithological research groups have informed the gardens' design and planting plans. Along the way, she'll share some tips for how you can make your home landscape a more bird- and pollinator-friendly environment.

Breakout Session 1

10:00 am Composting in the Home Garden (Rm. 106)

  • What is composting and how does it work?
  • What you need to start
  • Do’s and don’ts of composting
  • What works and what to do when trouble appears
  • Benefits of compost and how to use it

10:00 am A Landscaper’s Look at Your Land (Rm. 107) Derek focuses on design solutions that strive to connect people with each other and with their environment. His design approach is not constrained by a certain style, but instead is shaped by the unique character of the site and the particular needs of the client. Whether the objective is to develop vibrant and memorable public spaces or create calming and restorative private retreats, his professional responsibility is to represent the best interests of the client, the health and well-being of the user, and the ecology of the site.This session will focus on site and client based landscape design looking at the entire process from inspiration to installation. Hear the questions you need to ask yourself before planning and installing the garden of your dreams.

Breakout Session 2

11:00 am Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden (Rm. 107) We will discuss beneficial insects commonly found in Pennsylvania gardens, including resources to identify them and how to enhance gardens to attract beneficials.

11:00 am Edible Landscaping – A Part of Permaculture (Rm. 106) Edible landscaping uses perennial vegetables, shrubs and trees to provide food for gardeners in rural to urban and suburban lots. Learn how careful observation and thoughtful planning can increase yields and reduce labor. This talk will cover the basic tenets of permaculture including the use of "zones" to determine which plants go where based on accessibility and the care they need, and how to 'read' your property to work with its unique attributes.

Lunch / Seed Starting

12:00 pm Lunch / Seed Starting Talk (Rm. 112) Half the group will eat lunch while the other half will enjoy the Seed Starting presentation. Then the groups will trade.
A 20 minute presentation on how to start seeds at home for transplanting into your garden. This will include types of equipment and media needed for a home owner to successfully get their seeds to germinate and grow. Seed planting depth and number of seeds per cell will be demonstrated and discussed.

Breakout Session 3

02:00 pm Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants in Rural Landscapes (Rm. 107) This presentation covers the impacts of invasive plants and the characteristics which make them so successful. Common invasive plant species are described for identification purposes. In addition, presentation will provide origin, distribution, site preferences, dispersal methods, and control measures for each plant. The key principals for controlling grasses, vines, shrubs, and trees will be examined as each requires slightly different measures. An integrated approach to control will be provided for each with a focus on herbicides and their application.

02:00 pm Master Gardeners’ Favorite Plants (Rm. 106) What do Master Gardeners love to grow? This session will cover a few of our favorite plants.

03:00 pm Door Prizes (Rm. 112)


Arthropod identification Arthropod survey, collection, and biodiversity Soil arthropods, with particular emphasis on forest leaf litter Acarology, with particular emphasis on Prostigmata and Cunaxidae

More by Michael J. Skvarla 

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Marilyn Schroeder

Suzanne Tedesco


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