Penn State Master Gardeners of Venango County

This educational blog is a series of informative articles from the Penn State Master Gardeners volunteers plus news concerning our group and their activities.

Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Extension Horticulture Educators. Once they complete their training, they cooperate with service agencies and community groups on a wide range of gardening projects. Their talents and energies are directed toward providing a link between their community and Penn State Cooperative Extension and Outreach.

Meet the Bloggers

Susan Lanigan – Mercer/Venango County Coordinator (advisor)

Andy Faust – Area Coordinator (advisor)

Jan Martz – Master Gardener volunteer

Yvonne Paranick – Master Gardener volunteer

Gardening through the Seasons Article Series 2021

April (weekly)

Beginning a Vegetable Garden

Seed Starting Demystified & Information on Seed Packets

Rhubarb: Be patient and You Will Be Rewarded

Spring Fruit Tree Planting Tips for the Home Garden

May (weekly)

Spring Yard Care Tips for Water Quality

Don’t Over Fertilize Your Lawn this Spring

Meadows and Prairies: Wildlife-Friendly Alternatives to Lawn

Maximizing Your Vegetable Garden

Master Gardener Hotline

Venango County Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer gardening related questions through this blog site, at Venango County Master Gardeners on Facebook, emailing or by calling (814) 437-7607. Please leave a message.

Current Master Gardener Volunteer Projects

Victorian Garden behind the Transit Building, Oil City, PA

Children’s Learning Garden next to Central Elementary School, Franklin, PA

Poison Prevention Program

Venango Area Community Gardens

Seed to Supper Programs

Precious Paws Animal Rescue Pet Friendly Garden, Seneca, PA

Cranberry School District Project, Cranberry, PA

Bird, Butterfly and Pollinator Habitat at Oil Creek State Park

Two Mile County Park Project


Twentieth Annual May Garden Mart will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2 at Fountain and Bandstand Parks in Franklin. Many vendors with a large selection of gardening plants and other garden items will be available. Look for the Master Gardeners Booth! We will be happy to answer any of your garden related questions COVID-19 precautions will include social distancing and wearing a mask.


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Penn State Master Gardeners of Venango County

Home Gardening Resources

How to Become a Master Gardener

The Penn State Extension Master Gardener basic training program is open to individuals interested in becoming volunteers and sharing gardening knowledge with the public through community outreach. The intensive horticultural training is taught by Extension educators and University professors.

Basic Training for Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Program is administered at the county level where recruitment, training, and volunteer service occur. Master Gardener trainees are required to participate in a minimum of 40 hours of classroom training, score 80 percent on the final exam, and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service.

Basic training class schedules vary based on location and include the following topics: botany, plant propagation, soil health and fertilizer management, composting, controlling pests safely, entomology, plant diseases, indoor plants, vegetables, lawn care, pruning, woody ornamentals, herbaceous plants, native plants, weeds and invasive plants. The training fee includes a copy of the Penn State Master Gardener Manual.

Each trainee is expected to attend all core classes with any missed sessions being made up by reviewing the online recorded training class.


Before completing the Master Gardener application, contact the county Extension office in your area for an updated schedule of classes and program cost. Financial aid may be available through your local Extension office. Basic training for Master Gardeners is not offered annually in every county. Send the completed application to the county where you reside.


Contact your county Master Gardener program with any questions.

Download the How to Become a Master Gardener publication, which is also available in alternative media on request.


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