Downtown Planter Project

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County are partnering again with Scranton Tomorrow for the downtown planter project on Sunday, September 18, from Noon – 3 PM, rain or shine.  This is the fourth consecutive year the groups will be planting fall mums around the downtown area.

Over 500 mums will be planted, giving the area a fresh look for the season. Plenty of volunteers are needed to give Scranton’s sidewalk planters a burst of autumn color.

Crews will clean-out the planters and then put in the mums. Hand tools, gloves, safety vests, and trash bags will be provided.

Everyone is asked to assemble on Courthouse Square, the corner of Linden and North Washington, by noon.

For more information, please contact either Leslie Collins at Scranton Tomorrow at 570-963-5901 or via email at; or Steve Ward at the Penn State Extension – Lackawanna County – at 570-963-6842 or through email at

Master Watershed Stewards At Master Gardeners September 10 Event

Master Watershed Stewards will be joining the Master Gardeners of Lackawanna County for a Meet and Greet event at Plow & Hearth located at the Shoppes at Montage on Saturday, September 10, from Noon -3 pm.

The Penn State Extension Luzerne, Wyoming, & Lackawanna offices have recently kicked off the Master Watershed Steward program for the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. The initiative is designed like the Master Gardener program, where individuals go through extensive training and then give back some time for volunteering on various community-based educational projects throughout the watershed.

The 2016 Master Watershed Steward Program is a collaborative effort of Penn State Extension, Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Conservation Districts, Lackawanna River Conservation Association, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania American Water Company, and Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority.

The Master Watershed Stewards will be available at the event to educate the public on best management practices in water resources and environmental stewardship and to spread the word about this new and exciting program in Northeastern Pennsylvania.