Master Class: Poison Ivy Management

Tips and tools for managing this native plant sustainably on the farm or in the garden
Master Class: Poison Ivy Management - Workshops
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length: 2 hours
Language: English

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Led by Umar Mycka, Poison Ivy Horticulturalist, and facilitated by Sue Witte, avid gardener and Poison Ivy Consultant, our November Master Class* will highlight and demystify the habits and history of this often misunderstood native plant. Umar will share insights for sustainable poison ivy management collected from decades of experience in the invasive species removal industry, followed by a facilitated poison ivy learning circle. Participants are encouraged to bring their own poison ivy stories, questions, and photos to share and learn together.

*Hosted once a month at the Penn State Center Philadelphia, The Penn State Extension Master Class Series is a free educational series that features the current work of Penn State Extension Educators, Master Gardeners, researchers and other industry professionals as it relates to urban agriculture in Philadelphia. From more formal presentations to interactive workshops, this dynamic series promises to engage participants with current research, production practices, and techniques grounded in practical, real-world application.

Who is this for?

General Public, Farmers, and Gardeners interested in organic management of Poison Ivy, a native and often misunderstood plant.

What will you learn?

Learn the benefits and drawbacks of this native plant from a historical and horticultural perspective. Explore strategies for organic and sustainable management, when chemical applications might be appropriate, and the tools of the trade. You will also learn from other program participants about their poison ivy woes and successes in the Philadelphia area.


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