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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A bountiful harvest at Rudy Park gardens

It has been a bountiful harvest at the Gardens at John Rudy County Park this year. 

Frannk Reed reports:  “Over the course of the season, including our Open House, we worked with 24 youth from the Juvenile Probation Department and approximately 70 Master Gardeners.”

The food grown will be sent to area food banks.

By pound-weight, the harvest consists of:

Apples 136, Asparagus 22, Blackberries 30. Blueberries 95, Cabbage 212, Cantaloupe 37, Carrots 53, Cauliflower 47.5, Collard Greens  87, Corn 190, Cucumber 192, Eggplant 27, Endive 1, Garlic 11, Garlic Scapes 2, Grapes 48, Ground Cherries 13, Horseradish 32, JerusalemArtichokes 63, Kale 56, Kohlrabi 18, Leeks 24, Lettuce 114, Misc. Herbs 2, Mustard Greens 5, Okra 42, Onions 6, Pears 166, Peppers 140.5, Potatoes 39, Pumpkins 138, Radicchio 22, Radishes 207, Red Beets 124, Red Beet Tops 23, Red Raspberries 26.5, Rhubarb 40, Spinach 11, Squash 609.5, Strawberries 52, String Beans 232, Sweet Potatoes 100, Swiss Chard 9, Tomatillos 7, Tomatoes 2,115.5, Turnips 140, Turnip Greens 46, Watermelon 10, and Zucchini 317.5.

The grand total is 6,239 of fresh produce donated to area food banks.

 

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John Rudy Gardens open August 8

The award-winning gardens of John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, will be open on Saturday, August 8, 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 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 will enjoy seeing varieties of apples, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and more. The vegetable garden, with many varieties, yields over six thousand pounds of produce which is donated to local food banks each year. tomato tasting will be available and visitors  can purchase some of the fresh picked produce to take home.

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

9:15 a.m.         Composting by John Geoghan

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

10:15 a.m.       Easy Plants in Tough Places by Linda Silverman

10:45 a.m.       Insects in the Garden by Tim Abbey

11:15 a.m.       Fall Vegetable Planting by George Fetrow

Visitors are invited to bring  problem plant or insect samples and soil samples for free soil pH testing by the Master Gardeners who will answer garden questions.  Make a free flower and herb tussie mussie to take home. 

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

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Garden Club Awards Scholarships

The Garden Club of York has awarded four scholarships to the students  whoplan to further their education in horticulture,floriculture, landscape, conservation, forestry,botany(excluding medine), agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, land management, and/or related subjects.

This year’s recipients are:

— Eleni Jones, a Landscape Architecture major at Penn State – third year.  She is a graduate of Penn Manor High School, Lancaster County.

—  Stevie Kitching, a third time scholarship recipient from  the Garden Club of York.  Stevie, a graduate of Northeastern High School, will be junior at Juniata College studying Environmental Sciences. 

 — Julia Zienlinski, also a graduate of Northeastern High School, will be a junior at Franklin and Marshall College in the Earth and Environment Department.

— Lauren Barlow is a third year receipient of the Jan Layman Scholarship from the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.  She is majoring in Agriculture Sciences/Environmental Management at Penn State York.

 

 

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Time to hang flower baskets in downtown York

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The Garden Club of York will welcome the arrival of flowered, hanging baskets to Continental Square on Thursday, May 14, at 9 a.m.

 The downtown beautification tradition will expand again this year, with 158 baskets to be hung along major streets for the summer season.

The public is invited to attend the arrival of the baskets.

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Native plants & monarch butterflies on May 16

Learn how to save the monarch butterfly and restore their habitats by planting milkweed and nectar producing plants. Join MAEscapes and the Penn State Master Gardeners for the Native Plant Sale and Monarch Madness on Saturday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA 17402.

A series of talks will be held throughout the day.  The schedule is:

7:45 a.m.; “My Favorite Things” presented by Master Gardeners, who will reveal some of their favorite native plants.

9:30 a.m. “The Butterflies in Your Garden” presented by Master Gardener Deb Carmen.

10:30 a.m. “Monarchs: the Journey” presented by Master Gardener Vi Stailey.

11:30 a.m. “Milkweed 101 – Seed Saving and Propagation” presented by Jackie Doyle.

 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 questions and help with plant selection.  

 Monarch butterfly numbers are at an all-time low and many pollinators are declining as well. The loss of habitats for monarchs and many species of bees and other pollinators threatens the monarch migration and all the species dependent on the service of pollinators to provide the fruits, nuts, seeds and foliage they feed on.  By planting milkweeds, the host plants for monarch caterpillars, and nectar plants for adult monarchs and pollinators gardners can help maintain the monarch migration and sustain the pollinators whose pollinating services maintain our ecosystems.

 Free guided tours of the MAEscapes gardens are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.  During the sale visitors can also tour educational displays and shop for books, stepping stones and garden tools.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Proceeds benefit MAEscapes gardens and education programs.  For more information go to   https://www.facebook.com/events/322663227925528/ , 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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