Blair master gardeners set gardening series ’19

The Blair County Master Gardeners are sponsoring a Spring Gardening Series on March 18 and 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Altoona Area Public Library Theater, 1600 Fifth Ave.

March 18 — “Landscape Concerns for 2019”

Ted Wertz, certified arborist, will provide information on Boxwood Blight, bio-char and root invigoration, structural pruning, insect and disease management, and the Spotted Lanternfly.

His passion, strong background in insect and disease management, a thirst for knowledge, and love of plants, makes him a great resource for the myriad of landscape issues in central Pennsylvania.

Wertz has been in the tree care industry since he joined Bartlett Tree Experts in 2006.

His love of trees and the outdoors attracted him to Bartlett’s scientific and holistic approach to arboriculture. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, TCIA Certified Tree-care Safety Professional and a graduate of Forestry at Allegheny College of Maryland.

March 25 — “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping”

Kenneth G. Hoover, a member of PA. State Beekeepers Association past president of 2C’s and a Bee Beekeepers Assoc., and owner of Shadetree Apiary will hope to inspire all on the importance of honeybees and beekeeping.

Even if you don’t aspire to own a hive and don’t like stinging insects, his talk will educate and be aimed at beekeeping in all levels.

He will show some physical props on hives, disease issues and management practices.

He also will share the vital part bees play in pollination.

Fee for each program is $10. Register for each class online at or call 1-877-345-0691. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted, space permitting.

For additional information, please contact the Blair County Extension Office at 940-5989 or email at