April 24 to May 24 — Master Gardener training program; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Admittance into the program is based on completion of the application, a background check and an interview. Applications are available by contacting Karen Sechler at the University of Maryland Extension at 301-791-1604 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Vegetables Series — Thursday, April 26 — Container Vegetables; Thursday, May 10 — Grow the Best Tomatoes, 181 Franklin Farm Lane. All classes take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $10 each, or $30 if registering for all classes. To register, call 717-263-9226.
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens — Saturday, April 28, 9 to 11 a.m. Rainwater runoff from the roof, driveways, and other surfaces can be captured and recycled to beautify landscapes, reduce water bills, and keep streams and waterways cool and clean. Master gardeners will teach two methods to harvest rainwater through the use of rain barrels and rain gardens. The class costs $10. To register, call 717-263-9226.
Master Gardener spring bus trip — Saturday, May 5; Leave at 6:30 a.m. and return about 7:30. Tickets cost $60 per person. Join Master Gardeners on their annual spring bus trip to two locations in the Philadelphia area: Temple University Arboretum in Ambler, Pa. (http://www.temple.edu/ambler/arbo retum/) and Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Observe native plants in their natural settings. Several walking trails and bird watching opportunities will be avaiable. Both locations will have plant sale as a bonus. For more information, go to http://www.bhwp.org/
Water Testing Program — Monday to Friday, May 7 to 11; weeklong opportunity to get your well water tested at group rates. Test kits can be purchased at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office from May 7 to May 11 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The sample must be collected and returned on May 15 between 8:30 a.m. and noon. There will be a follow-up help session Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Extension office at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. For more information, call 717-263-9226.
Reintroduction of the American Chestnut — Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Dave Armstrong, with the American Chestnut Foundation, will present a program about the reintroduction of the American Chestnut that should be disease resistant. He will talk about the different stages of reintroduction and the success of each stage. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Adams County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center, at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, Pa.
Master Gardener hotline is open for the season — Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have a gardening question, want to identify a plant or insect, you can call the Extension Office at 717-263-9226 and ask for the Master Gardener on duty, or stop by at the Extension office during those hours to talk one-on-one. They might not have the answer right away, but they know how to research it and find an answer.
• For more information about 4-H events, go to http://washington.umd.edu.
• To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the I-70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike.
The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex.
• The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.
From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.
• The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is in Suite 3 at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. Call 304-728-7413.