Friday, September 27, 2013

Bucks County Master Gardeners' Holiday Evergreen "Kissing Ball" Workshop


Sample kissing ball, approximately 12" diameter
Photograph © Jennie Thoma
 

Let the Master Gardener experts at Penn State Extension help you design and create a traditional "kissing ball” as an extraordinary holiday decoration for your home!  
Kissing balls date to the Middle Ages when evergreen branches, a symbol of the sun’s return, were wrapped into ball-shapes and hung in doorways and hallways during winter solstice.  Passing underneath was thought to bring peace, love and good fortune. Centuries later, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert renewed the tradition of using evergreens as decoration inside the home during the holidays and kissing balls returned with the addition of flowers, herbs and ribbons.  Since a kiss was not a standard greeting in Victorian England, kissing balls offered a wonderfully-scented excuse!

In this two-hour workshop, Bucks County Master Gardeners provide you with all the help you need to make your own 12" modern version of the kissing ball using aromatic evergreens, holly, berries, cones and accent ribbon.  The greenery should last several weeks in your home.

The workshop fee of $25.00 covers expert instruction, all materials and light refreshments.  You must supply your own gloves and garden pruners.
Class size is limited and spaces fill quickly – register early to avoid disappointment. 

Reservation deadline November 13th -- by phone only: 215-345-3283
VISA/MC and personal checks accepted.


Workshop information:
Saturday, December 7, 2013 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location:
Penn State Extension Bucks County
Neshaminy Manor Center - Health Building Auditorium
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18039
Map to location: http://goo.gl/maps/lmL6m

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Penn State Extension Bucks County at 215-345-3283 in advance of your participation or visit.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

EarthPlanter is the Latest Addition to our Demo Garden

This week, Master Gardener Jeanne Mantell created a beautiful container garden near the office doors with a donated EarthPlanter that Scott Guiser secured at a trade show. 

The EarthPlanter is a commercial-grade planter, typically used on college campuses, in shopping centers and at hotels. It's made from extremely durable molded plastic and can go weeks between watering cycles due to its wick watering system. You can read more about the EarthPlanter at the company's website: 
www.earthplanter.com

Kathleen created an educational brochure to accompany the planter, which aincludes the Demo Garden's first "QR Code. The QR Code allows a direct download of Penn State educational information to anyone with a "smart" phone.