Deciduous Shrub Classes for Green Industry Professionals and Home Gardeners

Janssen Center on the Penn State Berks Campus

Classes on Deciduous Shrub Identification for Green Industry Professionals and Home Gardeners

Collegeville, PA–Penn State Extension is offering classes for anyone who wants to learn more about deciduous shrubs that are good choices for use in local landscapes. Two sessions will be held; one June 26, 2019, for green industry professionals; and a second session on June 27, 2019, for home gardeners.

Each class will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Janssen Center on the Penn State Berks Campus, 2080 Tulpehocken Road, Reading PA 19610.

Join us to improve your ability to identify and use shrubs that will grow well in Pennsylvania landscapes.Learn key identification characteristics, find out about new and improved cultivars, and discover the pest issues you should know about before choosing some of these plants. No prior study of woody ornamental plants is required.

Penn State horticulture professor Dr. David Sanford will cover about 30 different shrubs.Emphasis will be on shrubs that are readily available in the nursery trade. We will begin in the classroom at Janssen Center, but we plan to spend approximately half of the class time outdoors touring the shrub collection on the Penn State Berks Campus, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

The cost to attend either day is $60 which includes morning refreshments, lunch and handouts. The class for green industry professionals has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for two Category 05, 06, 18, 23, and PC pesticide update credits. International Society of Arboriculture arborist credits are also available. The class for home gardeners qualifies for the Penn State Master Gardener Advanced Training series in Plant Identification.

Pre-registration is required by June 24, 2019.

To register for the session for green industry professionals on June 26, 2019, go to:

To register for the session for home gardeners on June 27, 2019, go to:

If you cannot register online, please call 1-877-345-0691 for assistance Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Questions regarding the classes can be directed to Emelie Swackhamer at can also call Penn State Extension at 610-489-4315.

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.

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