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Master Gardeners of Berks County launching a series of webinars in the coming months

By Penn State Extension

Master Gardeners of Berks County launching a series of webinars  in the coming months

Come join our Master Gardeners of Berks County as they host four fall webinars. Residents of Berks County and beyond can learn more about each one below. Registration for these live webinars is only $5 each and will only be available to those who register. If you miss the live presentation, a recording of the webinar will be sent out only to those individuals who have pre-registered. Registration closes the day before each webinar date.

Preserving Herbs for Winter Use – October 14th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.:

Description:  Learn how to store summer herbs for winter use! Participants will learn how to store their summer herbs for use during the winter months through a live demonstration. We will also discuss the common herbs grown in household gardens.

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Fall Garden Observations: Beginning a Botanical Sketchbook – October 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.:

Description:  Document your fall garden and begin a year of garden sketches.  Students will begin a sketchbook of observations and fill it with graphite, watercolor, and pen art as they explore a different aspect of the natural world. Botanical art draws together art and science in this time-honored genre. Draw leaves, flowers, fungi, and more—and sow the seeds for a lifetime love of drawing and documenting botanical specimens. Watch for information or draw along! 

The goal for this webinar is to have fun and make it your own. No experience required! Your instructor will be using the following materials: a Stillman and Birn Zeta series sketchbook, graphite pencils, eraser, a Micron pen, and watercolors and brushes.

Artist materials are not required – you can use any blank paper (unlined is best), pencils, erasers, and waterproof pen (if you plan to paint over your line drawing), colored pencils or watercolor paints, and brushes. Please provide your own botanical specimens.

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Putting Your Garden to Bed – October 28th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.:

Description:  Fall is the time to plan new color combinations, try some new trellises, plant some last-minute bulbs, and test your soil so you can grow healthier plants. The end-of-season cleanup is an important time, not only to get the chores done, but to rethink your garden plans and be inspired by possibilities that you haven’t yet tried. The Putting Your Garden to Bed webinar will prepare you for the next gardening season by helping you plan an easy-care rock garden, a pollinator garden, a small water feature or a structure or two that will beautify your property. 

Plan ahead to safely start your vegetable garden early next spring with row covers which can beat both the bugs and the weather. What you do now can either make or break your gardening experience when spring returns next year!

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Creating Your Own Terrarium – It’s Easy! – November 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.:

Description: Learn how to design and create your very own terrarium at home! Join us for this fun and informative webinar overview of both open and closed terrariums, including terrarium history, construction, design, and maintenance. 

During this webinar, you will be creating an open succulent terrarium, and your presenter, a Master Gardener, will demonstrate the construction of a closed terrarium, explaining why they are constructed differently than an open terrarium.

No experience is necessary, and you do not have to create a terrarium during this session to attend. If you would like to follow along and make a terrarium with us, make sure to visit the Optional Materials to Follow Along tab on the left to find the materials suggested for the session.

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Stay tuned for future winter and spring webinar series, too!

To get trained advice on all your gardening questions contact the Master Gardeners of Berks County. Get the best advice possible by setting up a Zoom video appointment to bring one of our trained volunteers into your garden in real-time. To set up a real-time video or phone appointment, please contact Dawn Knepp at 610-378-1327 or [email protected]. Rather connect by email? Send our Master Gardeners an email at [email protected]

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified 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 us at 610-378-1327 in advance of your participation or visit