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.