Pennsylvania Victory Garden — Mondays through Sept. 16, 9 to 11 a.m. A season-long weekly vegetable garden-growing experience.
Master Gardeners of Franklin County, led by Darl Hospelhorn and Linda Horst, will teach everything gardeners need to know to grow vegetables, beginning with spring garden preparation and ending with the final fall harvest.
The class meets at the barn across the street from the Extension office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa.
The fee for the season costs $40. Wear garden clothes and bring gloves. The staff will provide garden tools. For more information, call 717-263-9226.
Roses 103: Grow to Show — Preparing your blooms to be winners at the county fairs — Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Gardeners will be taught how to groom their blooms and take them to exhibit at the Franklin County Fair.
The classes cost $10 each. All classes are held at the Redington Residence, 347 Leedy Way East Chambersburg, Pa.
Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens — Saturday, June 22, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to “Harvest Rain” and keep it on your property, so it doesn’t flush into streams.
This is an opportunity to take home a rain barrel. $30 cost, if you want one, or $10 otherwise. Class size is limited. Call 717-263-9226 to register.
Nature Photography — Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. to noon. Master Gardner Laurie Collins will show participants the best techniques for using a digital camera to capture flowers, insects and wildlife, using demonstration gardens on the campus.
Bring a digital camera. Fee is $10. Call 717-263-9226 to register.
Shade Gardening — Saturday, July 6, 9 to 11 a.m. The Nancy Miller and Denise Lucas Shade Gardens offer an example of specimens and design options using perennials, shrubs and understory trees for partially shady to shady garden areas.
Fee is $10. Call 717-263-9226 to register.
Become a Tree Tender — Become part of the “growing” TreeVitalize initiative, an effort led by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to increase tree cover and the many benefits that trees offer in Pennsylvania’s communities by taking part in the Tree Tender experience Friday at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa., from 8 to 4 p.m.
Tree Tenders is a training program that empowers residents to make strides toward restoring and caring for local trees. It includes eight hours of hands-on training that covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working with the community.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, in collaboration with Penn State Extension, developed the course for residents and experts alike. Since 1993, more than 4,000 community volunteers from 300 Pennsylvania neighborhoods have become trained Tree Tenders.
The $25 fee includes food, materials and publications. Registration is required. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call George Hurd at 717-263-9226, ext. 225, or email email@example.com.
Recruiting for Food and Wellness Volunteer Program — Based on the Master Gardener program, Penn State Extension is seeking volunteers who are willing to be trained to become certified in food and wellness programs.
They are looking for people with knowledge in foods, nutrition and food safety who want to become more involved with community wellness. The course offers 40 hours of training, using online training modules for much of the education.