County Master Gardeners to go to state conference

LOCK HAVEN — The Penn State Master Gardeners have an opportunity to showcase Clinton County at the International Master Gardener Conference in June 2019 if they can raise sufficient funds to create a county display and cover expenses.

This is the first time the international conference will be held in Pennsylvania, and local Master Gardeners want to make sure Clinton County is represented.

The conference will be held in Valley Forge from June 18 to 21, 2019 and will include presentations, workshops, training sessions and opportunities to visit the many famous gardens in that area, including Longwood, Mt. Cuba Center, Scott Arboretum, Morris Arboretum, and Winterthur.

The 2019 theme is Penn’s Woods: Digging into our Roots. Each Pennsylvania county has been invited to create a display portraying that county’s “roots”. Guidelines for county displays have been sent to Master Gardener programs across the state and require them to adhere to size and weight limits because displays will be suspended from the ceiling in the conference hall.

Local Master Gardeners are currently considering several themes and designs for the Clinton County display and have begun making contacts with local businesses, organizations and individuals for their design ideas. Suggestions are welcome, and can be emailed to clintonmg@psu.edu or called in to the Master Gardener hotline at 570-726-0022 ext. 3826.

Master Gardeners estimate they will need to raise approximately $4,000 to cover the costs of creating the display, getting it to Valley Forge, and participating in the conference.

They recently announced a Holiday Greens Sale and Workshops to raise funds and are selling a beautiful 12 month 2019 calendar featuring photography from Master Gardeners around the state and a gardening “to do” list for each month.

While funds raised from those efforts will help, the Master Gardeners expect more will be needed, so they are appealing to Clinton County businesses, organizations, and individuals for donations. Any size donation is welcome. They are tax-deductible and can be sent to PSCE Master Gardener Program, 212 E. Main St., Suite 101, Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.

For more information, please contact Clinton County Master Gardener Coordinator Debra Burrows at 570-726-0022.