Gardening Resources in Suburban Philadelphia

Summer SkySpring is on its way and now is the time to plan and prepare for the new season. Whether it is for your garden, yard, or another property, there are many resources at your fingertips in Delaware County PA.  If you are considering a sale of your property this year, this is an incredibly important but often overlooked step in preparing your home.

The Delaware County Penn State Cooperative Extension offers many resources at no or minimal cost. The extension office is located off Paper Mill Road just east of the Blue Route at the Baltimore Pike exit in Springfield. The main office is in the original Lewis House but there is also an adjacent newer Environmental Center to the left of the parking lot.

The Delaware County office has adapted the traditional agricultural extension programs to serve the suburban/urban residents of the county. Their primary areas of focus include the 4-H/Youth Development Programs, Family Living & Child Care Professional Development, Home Horticulture & Urban Gardening, and Agrilculture/Commercial Horticulture Programs. “The Delaware County Penn State Cooperative Extension is dedicated to providing research based information to help individuals and families in solving everyday practices”.

Spring FlowersSome of the most useful information can be found through the Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County  program. If you have any questions, free home gardening advice is available through their volunteers. They are available in the extension office from 9-12 Tuesday and Thursday mornings during growing seasons and Tuesday mornings during the rest of the year and can be reached on their “Hort Line”: 610-690-2671 or email: delawareMG@psu.edu. In addition, they have their Home Gardeners’ School in April and a continuing series of Gardening Talks (next talk on March 14 on Hostas) on the second Saturday of each month for a small fee at the Environmental Center.

Another important program for kids is the 4-H Clubs. These include Agriculture Clubs, Veterinary Science Club, Horsemanship Classes, the Teen Council, and several additional programs. Some clubs are neighborhood or community centered groups but they also have access to the 4-H Farm and Educational Center at the Garrett Williamson Foundation on Bishop Hollow Road in Newtown Square.

You can also receive training and information through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. In addition to their world class Garden Show, they have many additional programs throughout the city and region. Two that are applicable to Delaware County residents would be their Garden Tenders and Tree Tenders classes. The Garden Tender Courses are taught downtown, but the Tree Tenders hold classes in Philadelphia as well as the four adjacent counties.

There are additional resources available throughout Suburban Philadelphia from local schools, colleges, and retail businesses that you may also want to consider. To fully enjoy your property, prepare now and you can enjoy the fruits of your labors all summer long. If you are considering a move, this is one of the best things you can do to “stage” the exterior of your property in preparation to putting it on the market.

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