Master Gardeners host spring speaker series

April 25, 2018 Cranberry Home & Garden

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CRANBERRY TWP — Eager to begin your spring gardening by learning new tricks of the trade? Then join the Butler County Master Gardeners at their Spring Fever Speaker Series.

Four classes will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on specific days at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

Each class begins with an introduction to the series and the Penn State Master Gardener program. A lecture/discussion and activity/demonstration, followed by a program evaluation, complete the evening.

Schedule of classes

- May 8 — Feed These to the Bees with Lisa Bernardo and C. Richard Packer

This session provides an overview of the honeybee as a pollinator, as well as an exploration of plants whose nectar and pollen feed the bees throughout the year. Bernardo has been a Penn State Master Gardener since 2003. Packer is a beekeeper who owns Dancing Bees Apiary.

- May 15 — Apple Tree Pest Control with Dennis Culley

This session introduces the art and science of growing apple trees in the home orchard. Managing pesky pests and diseases are emphasized. Culley has been a Master Gardener since 2014.

- May 22 — Using Shrubs in Your Landscape with Mary Kruger

This session discusses appropriate and interesting shrubs to plant in the landscape as focal points, backdrops and borders. Practical information about planning, planting, and caring for shrubs is offered. Kruger has been a Master Gardener since 2011.

- May 29 — Strawbale Gardening with Angela Fishman

This session offers a practical point of view on how to use strawbales as a growing medium. The pros and cons of strawbale gardening are discussed, along with a list of resources for anyone wanting to give it a try. Fishman has been a Master Gardener since 2016.

How to register

To register for the classes, contact the Cranberry Township Parks and Recreation Department at 724-779-4386. Class size is limited.

For Cranberry residents, the cost for an individual class is $20 and the entire series cost is $70; for non-township residents, the cost is $25 per class and $85 for the series.

Participants who register for the classes will receive educational handouts and a gardening gift valued at $10 to $15 per class.

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