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Over the Garden Fence: Master gardeners plant sale grows bigger each year

Bill Lamont
Bill Lamont

The Penn State Extension Master Gardener’s of Centre County Garden Fair and Plant Sale has really grown over the years.

The mission of the Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program is to support Penn State Cooperative Extension by utilizing research-based information to educate the public on best practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship.

The event will feature more than 5,000 plants for sale with a variety of plant material to choose from, such as vegetables, perennials, annuals, herbs, house plants, native plants, pollinator-friendly plants, unique plants, and shrubs and trees. There also will be more than 24 vendors with an array of interesting garden products and materials. The Pasto Agricultural Museum will host free tours of the museum. Also there will be garage sale items, a silent auction and door prizes. If you get hungry, Red Rooster catering will have breakfast and lunch items for sale.

The master gardener also have lined up some presentations and demonstrations. Come learn about “Cooking with Herbs” from Vicki Spadaccio, “Bring in the Butterflies” by Doug and Pam Ford, or one of my favorites “All About Bluebirds” presented by Ken Leister, of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania. I got interested in bluebirds by attending his talk at another fair and now I have some bluebirds nesting in one of my bluebird houses.

This is an event where gardeners of all ages can find something that will appeal to their interests and hopefully you will find some new hard-to find plants to beautify your yards and home. Maybe you will consider joining the Master Gardeners organization and be helping out at next year’s Centre County Master Gardener Garden Fair and Plant Sale to earn your volunteer hours. Training for fall 2015 Master Gardener interns is limited. For information on the Master Gardener intern program please contact master gardener coordinator Molly Sturniolo at 355-4897 or mas79@