Master Gardeners to participate in Cooperative Extension site visits

West Chester, Pa. -- Penn State Cooperative Extension in Chester County is offering a site visit program which will help homeowners to address complex gardening challenges. A pair of Master Gardeners will travel to the property and help the homeowner diagnose pest or disease problems, improve vegetable garden yields, assess the health of trees and shrubs, or advise on other home horticulture issues. The fee for a site visit is $75 to $100, depending upon the time needed, and includes any specimen analysis or follow-up research.

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. Chester County Master Gardeners 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.

A key function of the Master Gardeners is a Hotline for consumer gardening questions. Master Gardeners assist area residents with questions about growing vegetables, flowers and other plants; dealing with insect and disease problems; and solving wildlife issues. Questions may be submitted by phone at 610-696-3500, but residents are encouraged to contact the Hotline by sending an e-mail to chestermg@psu.edu.

For more information about the Penn State Master Gardener program contact the Chester County Penn State Cooperative Extension office, located at 601 Westtown Rd. in West Chester, by calling 610-696-3500 or by sending an e-mail to 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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Last Updated August 09, 2010