The public in invited to enjoy a morning of free fun and learning at the gardens of JohnRudyCountyPark (400 Mundis Race Road, York) on Saturday, August 10, 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 YorkCountyParks and Recreation Department. The open house will be held rain or shine. Free refreshments will be served.
Master Gardeners will be stationed throughout the gardens to answer your questions as you 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. Also on tap: tomato tasting and a talk about tomatoes.
There will be exhibits on pollinators, growing garlic, food preservation, Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus, invasive aquatic plants and water gardens 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. Meet our Insect Pollinators by Connie Schmotzer
10:45 a.m. Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden by Vi Staley
11:15 a.m. Growing Grapes by Charlie McClintock
Bring your problem plant or insect samples and soil for pH testing by the Master Gardeners who will answer your garden questions. Make a free flower and herb tussie mussie to take home. Before leaving, shop for books, tools, soil test kits, stepping stones and more.
See the following web site for times, directions, and other information: http://extension.psu.edu/york or call 717-840-7408.