Added by on 2019-10-06

June 20, 2019 (CHESTNUT HILL, Pa.) – More than 1,000 Master Gardeners are gathering this week in Valley Forge for the 51stInternational Master Gardener Conference. The International Master Gardener Conference has been held biennially since 1987 in cities across the country. Master Gardener attendees enjoy lectures, classes and networking opportunities, as well as field trips to Delaware Valley public gardens, like Winterthur Garden, Chanticleer Garden and Morris Arboretum. So what is a Master Gardener? “My best definition is that they are volunteer educators,” said Sandy Feather, commercial horticulture educator at Penn State Extension. “They teach home gardeners how to do their jobs better, how to garden more sustainably to protect pollinators and protect the environment.” Master Gardeners go through about 40 hours of training and then complete 50 hours of volunteer work, which can include hosting local seminars, planting trees at a local park or helping individuals with gardening questions. “One master gardener can have a tremendous impact on a lot of other people by giving advice, helping out. And then they will just pass that on in turn,” said Kenneth Connally, a Master Gardener from Little Rock, Ark. More than 50 Master Gardeners headed to Morris Aboretum Wednesday for a tour, led by Master Gardeners from the Penn State Extension program. The tour focused on insect and disease problems affecting plants in our region. The gardens at Morris date back to the early 20th century, when founders John and Lydia Morris established gardens at their home, Compton, which later became the arboretum. The grounds are famous for their thousands of species of wooded plants, like trees and shrubs. Though Master Gardener programs are currently limited to the U.S. and Canada, attendees came from around the world, like Leigh Hunt, the principal horticulture advisor for the U.K.’s Royal Horticulture Society. […]

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4 Comments

  • Elaine Teut 1 week ago

    Beautiful property. So peaceful.

  • Sandy King Allen 1 week ago

    Larry Hall's legacy lives on…blessings on you both!

  • meadowyck 1 week ago

    What a wonderful place y’all have created. I love you cattle panel arbors. Your whole layout is very well done. Thanks for taking us along!

  • Kelli Hume-Ostermeyer 1 week ago

    I remember the before pics, Janet, I am so impressed don't know how you do it…the tour was awesome and your Paradise is as well, so glad we are friends..i want to learn more everytime I get on your fb…makes my hubby crazy..oh she had another idea,….but he is a great help..Love how you present so professionally, I also saw the snack table..just wow, would love to have heard some of the comments..ah wellhave a great day, and have a Goodun…Kelli