Greens and Gifts Event

Deck your halls With fresh, fragrant greens!

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The Delaware County Master Gardeners will be offering handcrafted, fresh-cut evergreen wreaths and holiday floral creations on Saturday, December 8 from 10 am to 2 pm at Smedley Park in Springfield.

Choose from an artful selection of gorgeous wreaths with assorted evergreens, berries, and natural accents; hanging baskets of greens; and mailbox swags.

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Also available for sale are table arrangements with and without candles, bundles of mixed greens, and lots of other unique holiday creations to celebrate the season.

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All of the items are handcrafted using fresh, natural greens and are priced well below market prices. Proceeds from the sale are used to support the Master Gardeners’ volunteer educational activities.

 

Pre-order for best selection

You can ensure your choice of greens with a pre-order. Simply print and submit this form with payment.

Orders will be accepted through December 3 for decorated wreaths, table arrangements, and hanging baskets. Your pre-ordered greens and gifts can be picked up on Saturday, December 8, starting at 10:00 am. Special arrangements can be made for pick-up on Friday, December 7, from noon to 3 pm.

Don’t forget the gifts!

Stop by Smedley Park on Greens and Gifts Saturday and browse the array of crafts, gifts and stocking-stuffers made by Master Gardeners. We hope to see you there!

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The Spotted Lanternfly Invasion

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Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that has spread throughout southeastern Pennsylvania in recent years, arriving in Delaware County in 2017.  It poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree fruit, hardwood, and nursery industries, ​and can become a significant problem pest to homeowners and residents.

Stopping the spread is a community effort, and we need your help!

The public can do a great deal to stop the spread of this invasive insect.

The extension service is asking homeowners to report sightings of spotted lanternfly to help with management and control.  There is extensive information about spotted lanternfly on the Penn Slate Extension website.  Information includes:

  • How to identify and report Spotted lanternfly
  • Signs, symptoms and potential damage
  • Management techniques for both homeowners and businesses
  • How to comply with the state Spotted Lanternfly quarantine

Informational Sessions

Penn State extension is also offering free Spotted Lanternfly Information Sessions to help inform the public about this threat. To find a session near you, visit the extension website here. Click on “Where and When” to find a session close to you.

Don’t see a meeting coming up in your community? Call your local Penn State Extension office to request a meeting.

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Spotted lanternfly on apple in Berks County, PA in October 2017. Photo: Erica Smyers, Penn State

Fall Fest 2018

The 15th Annual Fall Fest Gardening Symposium, Plant Sale & Marketplace is Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Education Center in Smedley Park in Springfield, PA.ff2018-wreath

Join us for a fun filled day of gardening workshops, lectures and shopping. Choose from a variety of activities to create your perfect day!

You can register for an activity in each session. Choose and register for only  the lectures and workshops that interest you.

9:00 – 10:15 am Session Choices

Lecture A – Plants That Like Wet Feet

Nancy Bell, Gateway Garden Nursery: After all the rain we experienced this past season, do you have a soggy area in your garden? Well, Nancy will reveal which native plants thrive in moisture-laden soil, tolerate sun or shade, provide seasonal interest, and attract water-loving birds and amphibians. Fee: $20

Workshop A – Create a Terrarium

Ronie Connor, Master Gardener: Dreading those long, cold, stark winter months where you see a ho-hum, uneventful landscape outside your window?  We have a remedy for that. Build your own unique terrarium to take home and ward off those upcoming winter blues. All Supplies provided. Bring gloves. Limited to 15. Fee: $20

Workshop AA  – Making Stepping Stones

Mt Lopata & Liz Dalrymple, Master Gardeners:  Keep your feet dry while adding art to the garden! Make a customized stepping stone with Master Gardeners, Mt Lopata and Liz Dalrymple. All supplies provided but wear clothing protection if desired. Bring special mementos to add and make it your own. Limited to 15. Fee: $20

10:45 am – Noon Session Choices

Lecture B – The Double Life of Pollinators

Connie Schmotzer, Consumer Horticulture Educator, York Co. Ext.:  Did you know pollinators have a “dark” but beneficial side to their existence? Many are predators or parasitoids of our most annoying garden pests. Connie will show you how to recognize these garden allies in their different life stages, highlight the primary plants that support them and identify horticultural techniques that foster them in your garden. Fee: $20

Workshop B – Wreaths for Birds

Joe Daniels, Master Gardener:  Make an edible wreath to help our feathered friends endure the long cooler months ahead. This is a hands-on workshop using loads of goodies that birds enjoy. Suitable for both children and adults. Supplies included. Limited to 15. Fee: $20 (This class if full)

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12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

  • Lunch (you can purchase a boxed lunch with registration if you wish)
  • DelCo Garden Contest Awards
  • Shopping

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Session Choices

Workshop C – Gardening & Cooking

 Jane Nyiri, Master Gardener:  This is a hands-on workshop where parent(s)/guardian(s) can take an active part in introducing a child to the world of gardening and cooking. Participants will plant seeds to take home, and will practice basic cooking skills to create a healthy recipe. Tips for gardening, cooking and recipes will be given. This workshop is geared for an adult with 1 to 2 children, age 6 and up. Fee: $3.00 per person.

Workshop CC – Stencil Workshop

Gerri Eunson, Master Gardener:  Create a garden-themed slate hanging decoration using stencils and acrylic paint. Feel Free to bring your own favorite stencil or choose from our array of stencils. Take home and hang the same day.  Supplies included. Limited to 15. Fee: $20

Workshop CCC – Wreaths for Birds

Joe Daniels, Master Gardener:  Make an edible wreath to help our feathered friends endure the long cooler months ahead. This is a hands-on workshop using loads of goodies that birds enjoy. Suitable for both children and adults. Supplies included. Limited to 15. Fee: $20

Don’t forget the Marketplace

The Marketplace will be open all day (Checks, Cash, or Visa/MC accepted).

  • MG Plant Sale – Our spectacular plant sale features native plants and other perennials sourced locally.
  • Frugal Gardeners Marketplace –  The marketplace offers gently used tools and other gently used garden items at very low prices.
  • Bake Sale – Wonderful home-baked  goods, featuring original recipes from the Master Gardener Cookbook (also for sale!).

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Register soon – space is limited

Registration Deadline is September 24, 2018.  We will refund your registration fee if notified by phone at 610-690-7669 before September 26, 2018.

For more information or questions contact: Linda Barry, Master Gardener Coordinator, 610-690-7669 or lrb16@psu.edu