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Friday, February 21

 10:30am – 11:30am

A Cross-generational food-to-table vegetable garden experiment” – Learn from Chris Edenbo – Greenhouse Gardener at Diakon Wilderness Center how by pairing at-risk youths with senior adults working together side by side they grow and supply vegetables  to senior living communities throughout Cumberland County.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Fungi - Filling an Overlooked Garden Niche”  Come explore the synergistic potential of cultivating fungi in the home garden with Blake Westman from Fungi perfecti.  Imagine growing fresh gourmet mushrooms right outside your door while increasing your gardens vigor.  This talk will give insight in how to realize this potential.

 2:00pm – 3:00pm

10 Public Gardens You Really Ought to See.” Join Patriot-News garden writer George Weigel for a virtual tour of the top 10 public gardens on his must-see list. Explore such nearby beauties as Hershey Gardens, Longwood Gardens and Chanticleer as well as vacation stops such as the Missouri Botanic Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden and western Canada’s Butchart Gardens.

3:30pm – 4:30pm

“Fast Track Butterfly Gardening” – with mystical beauty and delicate grace, butterflies amaze and mesmerize us. Join author Rose Franklin to learn how you can easily and quickly transform a small portion of your lawn into a butterfly paradise.

5:00pm – 6:00pm

“Herbs for Health”-  There are many medicinal herbs we can easily gather and grow here in Cental PA.  Susanna Reppert Brill of The Rosemary House will discuss how to grow and how to use these amazing plants

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Why Is That Skunk Digging A Hole In My Yard?”  -  Marcus “Wildlife Whisperer” Schneck, nature writer for PennLive and The Patriot-News, answers your backyard wildlife and habitat questions.  Send them to him in advance at until Wednesday, Feb. 19, and they could be included in his program at the show. Include a digital photo and increase the chances of your question making it into the program.


Saturday, February 22

 11:00am – 12:00N

Made for the ShadeLearn from Patriot-News garden writer George Weigel why shade isn’t a liability in the garden….it’s an opportunity to use some of the plant world’s more demure beauties that actually prefer living on the dark side. George will discuss the different kinds of shade and offers tips on how to approach each, including some of the best shade plants for PA gardens.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Great Gardens, Less Work.” presented by Patriot-news garden writer George Weigel. Just because you work like a fiend in the yard doesn’t mean it’s going to end up looking like Longwood Gardens. You can get great results and preserve your aching back and aging body by working smarter. George shows you some of his secrets to smart gardening.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

PSECU presents – “Improve Your Landscape, Improve Your Home’s Value, Improve Your Lifestyle” – Join landscape designer Ruth Consoli and professional realtor Ray Davis for an informative presentation on increasing your home’s value by upgrading your home’s landscaping. You’ll see before and after illustrations of projects with varying degrees of complexity. Our realtor will then explain how these landscape improvements have increased the value of each of our featured home projects.

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Pennsylvania Weather” – Join abc27’s meteorologist, Ryan Coyle as he explores how Pennsylvania’s weather can affect your growing seasons. Ryan will take you through weather patterns such as late spring frosts, annual rain and temperature profiles and the differences between Pennsylvania’s Northern and Southern growing regions. Bring your questions and enjoy this engaging and interactive presentation.

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Central Penn Parent’s Family Night sponsored by Luthercare for Kids

Animals and entertainment abound as our sponsors and exhibitors provide fun for the whole family.


Sunday, February 23

 11:00am – 12:00N

Rebuilding a Greenhouse” – presented by Chris Edenbo – Greenhouse Gardener at Diakon Wilderness Center. Join Chris for a heartwarming story about how by rebuilding an ignored greenhouse they changed a community of teens

12:30pm – 1:30pm

“Fairy Lore and Gardening” -  Miniature Gardens for Fairies have gained in popularity in recent years.  Susanna Reppert Brill of The Rosemary House will introduce you to the lore and history behind the fairies and other wee folk who inhabit these gardens.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Going Native? Pennsylvania Plants for Pennsylvania Yards.” presented by Patriot-news garden writer George Weigel. More gardeners are looking to add native plants to their landscapes – mainly because they’re adapted to our climate and soils and benefit our native wildlife. You still have to pick the right plants for the right place and be aware of each plant’s good and not-so-good traits. We’ll visit those issues and take a look at some of George’s suggested best garden-worthy native plants for Pennsylvania landscapes.