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Master Gardeners plant seed for
statewide convention in June

County Council recognizes Delco Master Gardeners

Since 1989, a group of skilled volunteers have been using their green thumbs to beautify Delaware County, and to teach home gardeners how to beautify their properties.

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Master Gardeners who work through the Cooperative Extension offices. The county's Cooperative Extension Service is in Smedley Park in Springfield.

Delaware County has 128 Master Gardeners who are trained volunteers who share their knowledge with residents on gardening topics such as plant selection, composting, pest control, pruning and vegetable gardening.

From 23-26, the Delaware County Master Gardeners are hosting the Pennsylvania Master Gardeners Conference. The theme is "Gateway to America's Gardens" and 300 participants will tour some of the county's finest gardens and arboretums including Chanticleer in Wayne and Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore.

"As residents, we are fortunate to have the expertise of the Master Gardeners," said Delaware County Councilman Mike Culp when recognizing members of the Delaware County Master Gardeners. "They offer classes, workshops and educational programs in a wide variety of topics that help the home gardener. They host an annual Home Gardeners' School each year at Penn State Brandywine."

Once a month, they hold classes at Smedley Park. This month they taught people how to create a faerie garden and in June, they will focus on composting.

"These trained volunteers have a wealth of knowledge and horticultural skills to share with our residents and they spend many hours enhancing the gardens we have," Culp said.

A County Council resolution was accepted by Sam Barnett, Master Gardeners president, Cynthia Sabatini, vice president, Holly Thorpe, secretary, Hope Jones-Gary, treasurer, Linda Barry, coordinator, Rose Schenk, garden designer, Brenda Smyth, conference committee, Kathy Hornberger, conference committee and Deb Soutar, conference chair.

For information about the Delaware County Master Gardeners visit

Master Gardeners to host state garden convention

The Delaware County Master Gardeners were recognized by Delaware County Council for their contributions to horticulture and for hosting a statewide conference in the county June 23-26. Shown at the May 25 Council meeting are, front from left, Master Gardeners Linda Barry, Brenda Smyth, County Councilman Mike Culp; Master Gardeners President Sam Barnett, Master Gardeners Hope Jones–Gary, Deb Soutar, Holly Thorpe and back row, from left, Kathy Hornberger, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr., Councilmen John McBlain and David White and Master Gardener Rose Schenk.


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