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March 12, 2006

Master Gardeners offer workshops

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Master Gardeners will offer "Spring into Gardening" workshops from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 23 and 30, April 6, 20 and 27 at the Cooperative Extension, 181 Franklin Farm Lane. The cost is $10 per workshop; advance registration is required. For information and to register, call 1-717-263-9226.

The topics are:

March 23 - "All About Chestnuts." Participants will hear the story of this once-abundant tree from Dave Armstrong, vice president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, and learn how to be active in restoration efforts.

March 30 - "Growing Backyard Grapes" Stephen Menke, enology educator for Penn State University, will teach participants about varieties of grapes, culture, pruning, training, and the pest and disease control of these long-lived garden favorites.

April 6 - "Annuals and Perennials," presented by master gardeners. From site preparation to cultivar selection, this discussion will highlight old and new favorites.


April 20 - "Safer Gardening with Fewer Chemicals." Students will learn the principles of integrated pest management, including cultural practices, biological controls, beneficial insects, companion planting, pesticide alternatives and appropriate chemical control.

April 27 - "Water Gardening Basics" will offer tips from master gardeners who have learned the hard way. Their advice will help participants create a backyard oasis to enhance both home and garden. Plants, fish and wildlife will be included in the discussion.

Pa. Garden Expo concludes today

HARRISBURG, Pa. - This year's fourth annual Pennsylvania Garden Expo concludes today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, off Cameron Street exit of Interstate 81. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The expo is produced by the PA Green Industry Foundation Inc.

This year's show features 15 display gardens built by professional landscapers and gardening organizations, 10 more display gardens built by area high school students and 40 gardening seminars.

General show admission is $10 at the door. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger. Most of the plants used in the show will be auctioned at 5 p.m.

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