There will be a morning of free fun and learning at the award-winning gardens of John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, on Saturday, August 9, 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 (next to the entrance to John Rudy County Park), the gardens were recently awarded First Place in the Demonstration Garden category at the States Master Gardener Convention for 2014 as well as the Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award.
Master Gardeners will be stationed throughout the gardens to answer questions. 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 will enjoy seeing varieties of apples, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and more. The vegetable garden, with many varieties, yields over 6,000 pounds of produce, which is donated to local food banks each year. There will be tomato tasting and a talk about tomatoes.
There will be exhibits on pollinators, growing garlic, food preservation, Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus, invasive plants, and rain barrels, as well as talks and demonstrations by Master Gardeners:
9:15 a.m. Composting by John Geoghan
9:45 a.m. Tomato Growing by Jerry Cook
10:15 a.m. Hummingbirds by Vi Staley
10:45 a.m. Beekeeping by Tom Baker
11:15 a.m. Growing and Using Herbs by Pat Sweetman
Visitors can bring problem plant or insect samples and soil for pH testing by the Master Gardeners.
For additional information and directions, go to: http://extension.psu.edu/york or call 717-840-7408.