Warren Gardeners open year

The Warren Garden Club started its 2013 year with a tureen salad luncheon held in the Wetmore Room of the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center. Tables were decorated with forsythia and tulips surrounded by items representing spring and Easter.

Members, who are also Penn State Master Gardeners, presented a question and answer forum to explain who, what, why and how to become a Master Gardener.

Research results from Penn State University are shared with each Cooperative Extension Office. In order to get this information out to the public, the Extension office trains individuals to be volunteer teachers. Each volunteer must attend a series of classes, pass a test and perform 50 hours of volunteer work to be certified as a Master Gardener. There is a cost of $150 to participate in the program. To continue their certification, Masters must volunteer 20 hours of public teaching each year.

Warren Garden Club’s Master Gardeners who comprised the panel were: Pat Wilcox, Pat Duffy, Louise Dyer, Josie Gerarde, Rebecca Ryan and Sue Barone. Community involvement by the Masters has been varied. They have aided gardeners in designing and planting home gardens, provided speakers for group programs, planned seminars on gardening topics, and established a question-answer booth at the Warren farmer’s market and the Jamestown Audubon’s Snowflake Festival. The Masters have taught classes on composting and seed starting with grow lights. Each year they showcase new plants at the demonstration garden planted at Betts Park and sell plants from the garden every June.

President Ryan announced the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania’s 83rd Annual Convention to be held April 21-23. This year it will be held in King of Prussia, PA.

Garden Club members sold daffodils for the American Cancer Society at Thorne’s BiLo on March 20-23. The Arbor Day celebration will be held at Lacy Park on Saturday, April 27.

A standard flower show will be held on July 25 at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center. Louise Dyer, show chairman, is hoping that each club member will participate in either the horticulture section or in one of the creative design categories.