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The Native Plant Experience: Bringing Back Nature to our Yards

  • 07/10/2010
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Various in York County, PA

Not just another garden tour, the Native Plant Experience is a great opportunity to learn how to make your yard more environmentally friendly. Sponsored by Penn State Extension and Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes (MAEscapes), five homeowners in York County will open their properties on Saturday, July 10, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and show you how they are using native plants to conserve water, reduce pesticide and fertilizer use and create habitat for wildlife. The properties range in size from a 4/10 acre suburban lot to a 5 acre wooded area. As these very knowledgeable gardeners share their successes and challenges, you will learn what plants work well together and get ideas for transforming your own yard.

With 95% of the land area in the United States now in either agriculture or urban/suburban development, our yards take on an increasingly important role in preserving our rich biological heritage. Through projects such as the Native Plant Experience, MAEscapes' strives to help homeowners understand how small changes they make in their yards can make a difference.

Advance tickets can be purchased for $8.00 at the Penn State Extension office. Tickets will also be available at each of the gardens the day of the tour for $10.00. Children under 12 are free. Rain date is Sunday, July 11. All proceeds benefit MAEscapes' education projects. For more information go to or call 717-840-7408.

Contact: Connie Schmotzer, Extension Educator, Consumer Horticulture, Penn State Cooperative Extension, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA. 17402. Phone: 717-840-7408 E-mail: Web:

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