Master Gardeners Courthouse Beautification

Master Gardeners and Commissioner Osterburg in front of the new flagpole garden

The PennState Extension Master Gardeners, with funding from the Pike County Commissioners, recently planted a small garden around the new flagpole at the Pike County Courthouse. 

The flagpole was recently replaced by Grimm Construction, and the Pike County maintenance crew prepared the area around it for the new garden. 

The Master Gardeners’ vision for the space was to create a beautiful, year-round landscape feature that is visually appealing as well as educational. Since June, the Gardeners have planted spring bulbs, summer and fall flowers, and evergreen shrubs to ensure that no matter the season, the area will always be in bloom. 

The Master Gardeners plan to include informational plaques in the new garden so people can learn about the plants and apply that knowledge in their own gardens. The possibility of adding benches around the area for individuals to enjoy the space, is also being explored.  

The flagpole garden is the first of the beautification projects to occur on the lawn of the Courthouse. Future projects will include planting flowers around the Courthouse sign and creating raised planters in front of the building.  

The Master Gardener volunteer program supports Penn State Extension’s educational programs in consumer horticulture. Volunteers participate in training courses conducted by Penn State University faculty and Extension staff, then bring that information back to their communities.  

The Master Gardener Club would like to thank the Pike County Maintenance staff for their help with this project. Without them, this project would not have been possible.   

For plant questions or concerns, contact the Master Gardeners Hotline at 570-296-3400 or send an email to 


PHOTO ID:  Pike County Commissioner Matthew OsterbergMaster Gardeners Patricia Lutfy, Sheila Salmon, Anja Kressel, Gretel Walker, and Mary Ciccolella. Missing from photo is Master Gardener Don Hiorth. 

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