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