In The Spotlight
Warren Wolf, garden master By Paula Wolf, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
With spring just around the corner, Warren Wolf has some basic, common-sense advice for amateur gardeners:
"Grow what you like, and be gentle to the earth."
As volunteer coordinator of the Lancaster County Extension Penn State master gardener program, Wolf (no relation to the reporter) knows whereof he speaks.
In fact, the 64-year-old has possessed a green thumb since he was a boy, when "I used to go to the garden with my grandfather and ... help him water his beloved zinnias, petunias and roses."
Family: Wife Nina.
What master gardeners do: The Penn State master gardener volunteer program supports the Penn State Cooperative Extension by utilizing research-based information to educate the public on best practices in consumer horticulture and environmental stewardship. We have a garden hotline, 394-6851, where gardeners can call for advice or to get questions answered concerning gardening. We also give lectures and do presentations on various gardening topics.
How someone becomes a master gardener: People apply for acceptance into the program. They are then tested and interviewed. Those who are selected attend horticultural-related classes once a week for 16 weeks. They are then retested. After passing the test, they have one year to put in 50 volunteer hours. If they are successful, they become certified. Master gardeners must be recertified each year.
Some upcoming master gardener events open to the public: The 21st Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium will take place April 6 at the Palm Court at DoubleTree Resort, 2400 Willow Street Pike. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. There will be 10 garden-related vendors in the shopping area. The highlight of the symposium will be our guest speakers, including Stephanie Cohen, "The Perennial Diva." The fee is $65 and includes lunch and a continental breakfast. People can register online at extension.psu.edu/events or by calling 877-489-1398.
Also, the annual plant sale will be held May 4 at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, starting at 8 a.m. There will be native plants, vegetable plants, perennials for shade and sun, herbs, alpine plants and potted-plant arrangements as well as a large flea market with garden-related items. We will have an ask-the-expert booth set up to answer all your gardening questions.
What I grow in my garden at home: Native plants, vegetables and small fruit, annual and perennial flowers.
What I do to relax: Work in my garden and restore old farm machinery.
Favorite vacation spot: The Great Smoky Mountains.
The best book I've read lately: "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life," by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.
The music I enjoy: I like most types of music.
Magazines I read: Smart Money, Muzzleloader and Garden Gate.
Websites I frequent: The Daily Fix -- Rodale and the Lancaster County master gardener home page, extension.psu.edu/lancaster/programs/master-gardener.
Must-see TV for me is: "NCIS."
Something about myself I'd like to change: I would like to slow down a bit.
A gadget I can't live without: My smart phone.
My culinary specialty: Soups from scratch, including chunky chicken noodle, beef noodle with green peppers, vegetable barley, butternut squash and mushroom.
Something that can always be found in my refrigerator: Fruits and veggies.n