American Chestnut Grower School — The workshop will be Friday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Franklin County, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. There is a registration fee of $25.
Native Plants Program — On Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m., the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is sponsoring a “Native Plants” program at Spring Haven Nurseries in Newburg, Pa. Spring Haven Nurseries specializes in native woodland plants and shade perennials grown either in propagation beds or in the gardens there.
Spring Haven Nurseries is at 1362 Mountain Road in Newburg. For more information, go to springhavennatives.com. The association is an organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in south central Pennsylvania. For more information, call Fred Peabody at 717-776-3565 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop and Smell the Roses — Three workshops, Saturdays, April 6, May 11 and June 15:
Roses 101: Getting the Best Out of Your Garden, Saturday, April 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to plant new roses, prune old ones and prepare your garden for a spring explosion. Be prepared for a hands-on workshop by coming with pruners, gloves and lots of energy.
Roses 102: Summer Survival: Getting your roses to thrive in the dog days of summer, Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to provide adequate nourishment for roses, ward off pests, and propagate roses through cuttings the easy way. Bring pruners and gloves for this hands-on workshop.
Roses 103: Grow to Show: Preparing your blooms to be winners at the county fairs, Saturday, June 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. After all of the work you’ve put into growing beautiful roses, you should share them with others.
The workshop will teach how to groom your own blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County Fair. The classes cost $10 or $20 for all three.
All classes are held at the Redington Residence 347 Leedy Way East Chambersburg Pa.
To register or find out more information on these workshops, call 717-263-9226.
Bugs and Pollinators — Two workshops
Gardening for Pollinators, Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. Do you like chocolate, blueberries, apples, or almonds? Without pollinators, these and many other foods would not exist. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators in the area need your help.
Master Gardener Laurie Collins will guide participants through identifying pollinators in the area, why they are in decline and what individuals can do to help. She will discuss easy basic design principles, plant selections and gardening practices for creating a successful pollinator garden.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard. Only about 2 to 3 percent of the bugs are considered pests in the home vegetable garden and landscape, and some of the ugliest are allies in the battle against them.
Master Gardener Ray Eckhart will show ways to identify the good bugs from the bad bugs and things to do to attract and keep the good bugs around. The registration fee costs $10 per class or $15 for both classes.
Victory Garden — Mondays, April 22 and Sept. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.
A season long, highly rated, weekly vegetable garden growing experience. Master Gardeners of Franklin County, led by Darl Hospelhorn and Linda Horst, will teach everything you need to know to grow great vegetables, beginning with spring garden preparation, and ending with the final fall harvest.
Each Monday begins with a short class related to what is happening in the garden at that time. Participants will then work in the garden and be rewarded with a share of the harvest.