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Over the garden fence: Master Gardeners to hold day of classes

From time to time I will share educational opportunities for gardening and other activities associated with gardening . I learned recently of a great one presented by the Master Gardeners of Centre County, an organization of folks who love gardening and conduct many gardening activities throughout the year.

The Home Gardening School will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Forest Resources Building, on Penn State’s campus.

The Home Gardening School will feature a full day of presentations for beginning and experienced gardeners. The keynote speaker is Margaret Brittingham, a professor of wildlife resources in the department of ecosystem science and management at Penn State. Brittingham will present “Landscaping for Birds: Creating a Backyard Oasis,” a must for gardeners who want to attract more birds and a greater variety of bird species to their yards through landscaping with a mixture of plant materials.

The program includes two tracks, taught by Master Gardeners and expert guests. Participants can choose classes from track one, called Edible Landscaping, that includes: Vegetables 101; Season Extension; Incredible Edibles: Backyard Fruit; and Growing Heirloom Veggies.

Track two, called Neighborly Natural Landscaping, includes: Going Lawn-less; The Layered Landscape; Certifying Your Wildlife-Friendly Yard; and Composting.

There is a registration fee of $65 that is due by Friday. Included in the price of registration are a boxed lunch, seed exchange, door prizes and a question-and-answer session with Master Gardeners. For a complete schedule and to register, visit: http://extension.psu.edu/home-gardening or call 355-4897.

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

Penn State encourages qualified people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. For additional information or to request special accommodations, contact Molly Sturniolo at mas79@psu.edu or 355-4897.

I believe the Master Gardeners of Centre County have developed a great program, and I encourage gardeners to learn more about a variety of topics that can be put into practice this coming gardening season.

Bill Lamont is a professor and extension vegetable specialist in the department of plant science at Penn State and can be reached by email at wlamont@psu.edu.

IF YOU GO

What: Home Gardening School

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 27, registration required

Where: Forest Resources Building, University Park

Info: http://extension.psu.edu/home-gardening

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