Rudy Park Gardens open house August 12

The award-winning gardens of John Rudy County Park (400 Mundis Race Road, York) will be open to the public on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..  The gardens and this event are a project of the York County Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and the York County Juvenile Probation, in conjunction with the York County Parks and Recreation Department. The open house will be held rain or shine. Free refreshments will be served.

Located adjacent to the stone house, which serves as York County Parks Administrative Headquarters (just west of the entrance to John Rudy County Park on Mundis Race Road), the gardens were awarded first place in the Demonstration Garden category of the state’s Master Gardener Convention’s Search for Excellence Award for 2014. 

Master Gardeners will be stationed throughout the gardens to answer questions as visitors stroll through the gardens.  There are annuals, perennials, herbs, natives and cultivars.  There are also container gardens, water gardens, a garden of grasses, and a raised bed to demonstrate an adaptive approach for the physically challenged.

Fruit growers can see varieties of apples, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.  The vegetable garden, with many varieties, yields over 6,000 pounds of produce which is donated to local food banks each year.  Tomato tasting and a talk about tomatoes are scheduled.  Visitors can even purchase some of the fresh picked produce to take home.

There will be exhibits on pollinators, growing garlic, invasive plants, rain barrels, “Keep York Beautiful,” “Pests Bothering People, Pets and Property,”, the Horn Farm and the Audubon Society, as well as garden talks and demonstrations by Master Gardeners:   

9:15 a.m.        Preserving Herbs by Carol McDonald

9:45 a.m.        Insects in the Garden by Tim Abbey

10:15 a.m.      Growing Tomatoes by Jerry Cook

10:45 a.m.      Weed Identification by Jay Holcomb

11:15 a.m.      Beekeeping by Morrell Sipe

 

 

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Landscape Designers Showcase June 10

 

The Garden Club of York is planning a garden tour featuring six area professional landscapers on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The showcase will benefit the club’s Scholarship Fund.

Designers include:  Hively Landscape; Nature In Design Landscaping, Inc.; Shiloh Landscape & Design; Songbird Ponds;  Trump Lawn & Land Company; and River Rock Landscaping, LLC.  The beautiful six area gardens and properties are and not normally open to the public. 

This is a self-guided tour with landscape representatives available to talk with visitor and answer questions.  The properties include an 1800’s farm house site, a secret garden and feature a mix of small, large and shade gardens, as well as many interesting water and hardscape statements.  The tour is concentrated in the east and  south York area and open to the public. 

The cost is $15 per person.  Tickets are on sale at Brown’s Orchard & Farm Market, Christmas Tree Hill (all three York locations), Hueter’s Greenhouse, Miller Plant Farm and Whitecomb’s Farm Market & Greenhouse.  Tickets will remain on sale through the day of the event. Tickets are also available  by phone at 717-755-2135, email bianchini7@comcast.net or by sending a check made payable to The Garden Club of York and a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope to:  Mary Ann Bianchini, 3363 Appleford Way, York, PA 17402.  Mail orders must be postmarked no later than May 30 to ensure timely return delivery.  Day-of tickets will be also be available at the properties for those bringing last-minute friends or family. 

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Native plant sale on May 13

MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners will celebrate the 21st annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13, at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York.  The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Plant growers from around the region will offer a large selection of native plants for sale including trees and shrubs suited for the area and many hard-to-find plants. 

Heirloom vegetable seedlings will be offered for sale by The Horn Farm Center and The Mason Dixon Unit of the Herb Society of America will have herb plants available.  Master Gardeners and MAEscapes experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions and help visitors select the best plants for their needs.  New this year will be breakfast and lunch items from The Busy Bee.  Music will be provided by Indian Summer Jars.

Through these Native Plant Sales more than 40,000 native plants have been planted to benefit butterflies, birds and bees and over 5,000 milkweed plants to support the Monarch populations. 

Free seminars:  8 a.m. “Our Favorite Things”;  9 a.m. “Natural Landscape Design”; 10 a.m. “Plants to Attract Bees & Butterflies”; 11 a.m. “Landscaping for Birds”.   

New this year:  “Kids Activities” from 10- 11 a.m.

Free guided tours:   9:30 a.m. of the MAEscapes Demonstration Gardens; 10:30 a.m.  Historic Trees Arboretum.

For more information visit EVENTS at https://www.facebook.com/MAEscapes,   call 717-840-7408 or email cxs51@psu.edu.

About MAEScapes -MAEscapes (Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes) was formed by Penn State Cooperative Extension and York County Conservation District to demonstrate ecological landscaping.  The habitats created at the MAEscapes demonstration gardens encourage diversity of native wildlife and have the additional benefits of lower cost and less maintenance.

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Garden Fair at York Expo Center on May 6

The Garden Club of York will hold its 12th annual Garden Faire at the York Expo Center on  Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m.  to 3 p.m.

The Garden Faire began in 2006. At first,  perennials were sold that club members dug up from their gardens and a few annuals that were purchased.  The original location was the old train station on North Street.  Each year the popularity increased, so in 2012 the event was moved to the Sovereign Bank Stadium plaza.

 In 2016 the Garden Club  moved to the Paddock building at the York Expo
Center where it is located again this year.  The club is building on the concept by adding vendors that sell garden related items, including garden art, garden fertilizers, and bird houses.  There will also be several food vendors.  And there are still plants dug up from members’ gardens, but the Garden Faire also has plants that have been consigned or purchased from local nurseries.

 

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Beating the snow by one day

That little voice inside my head said, “Cut the lawn one more time!”

That made sense since the grass was a bit high — despite the lack of rain — and leaves were covering a good bit of  the lawn.  I find it easier to mulch the leaves, rather than to rake them.

The little voice was correct.

Today is Sunday, December 18, about 8 a.m. and snowflakes are falling on my freshly cut lawn.  That means I beat the changing weather by one day and — hopefully — I can put the lawn mower away for its long winter’s nap.

Let’s hear it for that little voice inside my head!

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Rudy Gardens open house on August 13

The annual open house of  the Gardens at John Rudy County Park will be held on Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The gardens are located at 400 Mundis Race Road, York.

The day includes self-guided tours of flower, fruit, and vegetable gardens with Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions. Free refreshments, exhibits, tomato tasting, and soil pH testing will be availabale.  Fresh picked produce, books, garden tools, soil test kits, stepping stones will be offered for sale.  Activities for children include a scavenger hunt.

 Garden talks and demonstrations by Master Gardeners will be held during the morning:

9:15 a.m.      Composting by John Geoghan

9:45 a.m.      Growing Tomatoes by Jerry Cook

10:15 a.m.    Raised Bed Gardening by Christy Freytag  

10:45 a.m.    Planting for Pollinators by Connie Schmotzer

11:15 a.m.    Pest Control in the Garden by George Fetrow and Tom Smith

The gardens and this event are a project of the York County Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and the York County Juvenile Probation, in conjunction with the York County Parks and Recreation Department. The open house will be held rain or shine. 

The gardens are located adjacent to the stone house which serves as York County Parks Administrative Headquarters (just west of the entrance to John Rudy County Park on Mundis Race Road). 

Additional information is available at http://extension.psu.edu/york  or by calling 717-840-7408.

 

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20th Native plant sale on Saturday, May 14

The much-anticipated MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners 20th annual Native Plant Sale will be held on Saturday May 14, 2016 at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA 17402. 

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Plant growers from around the region will offer a large selection of native plants for sale including trees and shrubs suited for this area and many hard-to-find plants.  Heirloom vegetable seedlings will be offered for sale by The Horn Farm Center and The Mason Dixon Unit of the Herb Society of America will have herb plants available.  Master Gardeners and MAEscapes experts will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and help buyers decide on the best plants for their needs.  

Monarch butterflyThrough these native plant sales and local support, more than 40,000 native plants have been planted to benefit butterflies, birds and bees and over 5,000 milkweed plants to support the Monarch butterfly populations.  Monarch butterfly can’t survive without milkweed.  Gardeners have created living landscapes by planting hundreds of trees and shrubs including dogwood, serviceberry, spicebush, maples and blueberries to help breeding birds feed their young and increase their population.

Free seminars will be offered:  9:30 a.m. “Our Favorite Things for Birds”; 10:30 a.m. “Our Favorite Things for Butterflies”; 11:30 a.m. “Our Favorite Things for Bees and Beneficial Insects”. 

Free guided tours of the Historic Tree Arboretum and the Pollinator Meadow are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.  

 For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/maescapes , email  MAEscapes@yahoo.com or call 717-840-7408.

About MAEScapes — MAEscapes (Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes) was formed by Penn State Cooperative Extension and York County Conservation District to demonstrate ecological landscaping. The habitats created at the MAEscapes demonstration gardens encourage diversity of native wildlife and have the additional benefits of lower cost and less maintenance.

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Garden Faire & Plant Sale Has New Location

The Garden Club of York’s 11th Annual Garden Faire & Plant Sale has a new location.

Garden Club logo 2015  2This year the popular event will be held at the York Expo Center (York Fair Grounds) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.  The event is held “rain or shine.”

In addition to herbs, perennials, annuals, vegetables, gardening tools, and garden art, there will also be a Flea Market.

Sponsors this year are:  Thornton Chevrolet and Krouse Travel, Inc.

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Pennsylvania Garden Show of York March 4-6

 

“It’s About Time,” a Standard Flower Show presented by the garden clubs of District IV, Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, will take place on March 4, 5, and  6, 2016 at Memorial Hall on the grounds of the York Expo Center.  

The show is open on Friday, March 4, 11 a.m. to -8 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show is part of the Pennsylvania Garden Show of York, Memorial Hall.

Admission to the Garden Show is $10 for adults, seniors and students $8, and children under 12 free. There is no extra charge to view the District IV Flower Show.

For additional information about the District flower show, contact joyce48@verizon or call 717-898-0229.  Information about tickets, times and events at the PA Garden Show of York may be found at www.pagsy.com.

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Lawn cutting: One more time!

Just when you thought you were done cutting the lawn for the winter, along comes a streak of warm weather days.

With the moisture in the ground and the unseasonably warm 60 and 70-degree temperatures, lawns are just as green as they would be in the spring.

And they’re growing.

That means filling up the lawn mower with gasoline again (after you may have winterized it) and taking one more cutting lap around the yard.

There is one beneficial side effect:  you get to grind up all those leaves that have fallen (or blown) on to your lawn before the “real” winter sets in.

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