Master gardeners to hold plant and book sale April 30

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WEST CHESTER —Penn State Extension Master Gardeners-Chester County will hold a plant and book sale as part of their “Gardening 101—It’s Easier than you Think!” garden fair on April 30th 10am-3pm at the 4-H Romano Center, located on Rte. 322 in Honey Brook PA. A variety of perennials, shrubs, small trees, native plants, and gardening books will be available for sale.

Native shrubs and trees, plants for butterfly gardening, low-maintenance perennials, ornamental grasses, and other wonderful plants have been donated by Green Leaf Plants, Groff’s Plant Farm, Ken’s Gardens, North Creek Nurseries, and Octoraro Native Plant Nursery, among others. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help shoppers choose the plants that best meet their needs.

A fee of $5 per adult (children are free) provides admittance to the sale and the garden fair: “Gardening 101—It’s Easier than you Think!”  Activities will include talks on butterflies, vegetable gardening, garden design, and mulching; demonstrations on composting and pruning; educational mini-golf; and other workshops, activities, exhibits, and games, all designed to teach gardening fundamentals. Ice cream, hot dogs, and other food provided by the 4-H clubs of Chester County will be available on-site. The facility is under cover, so the fair will be held, rain or shine.

Master Gardener Programs are affiliated with land-grant universities such as Penn State and managed through the Cooperative Extension service. Master Gardeners are volunteers who educate the public about gardening and horticultural issues. The Penn State Master Gardeners- Chester County work year-round on a variety of projects, including demonstration gardens, horticultural therapy programs, community gardens outreach, and a Speakers Bureau that offers talks on a wide range of horticultural subjects.

To donate gardening books or for more information about the Penn State Master Gardener program, please contact the Chester County Penn State Cooperative Extension office located at 601 Westtown Rd. in West Chester by calling 610-696-3500 or email Nancy Sakaduski, Chester County Master Gardener Coordinator, at nds13@psu.edu.  The Chester County Master Gardeners also maintain an informational page on Facebook.

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