Meadows Tour & Field Day in York County, PA

This event is full. To be placed on a waiting list, contact Connie Schmotzer, 717-0840-7408,

Keep your business current with the latest trends in landscaping. Meadows are a great way to control stormwater and provide much needed food for pollinators.

Join CCLC for our conservation landscaping tour & field day, “Meadows: Landscape solutions for public and private properties”. We’ll visit 3 meadow sites in York County, PA that illustrate the Eight Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping:

  1. Newly installed meadow at a government building
  2. Mature residential meadow
  3. Meadow, detention basin and rain garden at Milton Hershey School

Each of these sites include environmentally sensitive design, conservation of water and use of native plants to create wildlife habitat. Additionally, each site will feature a special speaker with technical expertise:

This tour is ideal for landscape architects, landscape designers, contractors, land planners, municipal officials, and other professionals in the landscape design and installation field.

Tour begins at the County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Rd, York, PA 17402.


Fee: $45.00 includes continental breakfast, lunch, resource materials, transportation to all sites and membership in the CCLC.
(Already a member? Take advantage of a 10% discount)

Register early – tour is limited to 30. Deadline is August 14.


Or make check payable to “Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council” and put “PA tour” in the memo line. Download the registration form and mail it in with your check to:

c/o Penn State Extension
112 Pleasant Acres Rd
York, PA 17402

QUESTIONS? Contact: Connie Schmotzer, 717-840-7408

Co-sponsored by Penn State Extension

About Our Instructors:

Mary Kline

Mary C. Kline, RLA is a sole practitioner in Glen Rock, PA. Mary specializes in the design of municipal parks and trails in an environmentally sensitive manor. She is an advocate of alternative transportation and sustainable communities, and is a ‘Landscape for Life’ instructor. Mary’s keen interest in native plants, soil biota, and ecological systems drive her designs.

Wendy Brister

Wendy Brister is the owner of Harvey’s Gardens, a native plant nursery in Wrightsville, PA. In addition to growing plants, Wendy assists green industry companies with social media marketing, teaches Herbaceous Plants I and II at HACC, Harrisburg, speaks to garden clubs and other groups and gardens on four acres with her family, dogs and chickens.

Mary and Wendy will share information about their recent meadow project at the County Annex. Learn how meadows help control storm water, create habitat for pollinators, and add aesthetic value to a landscape. Learn when to use plugs vs seeds and what to anticipate concerning budget and maintenance for a meadow project. This session will also address soils, their importance for plant selection and how meadows can promote healthier soils.

Timothy Hoover

Timothy Hoover recently retired from the Milton Hershey School, where he spent the last 20 years managing 400 + acres of the campus landscape as wildlife habitat. During that time he has also been working on bringing wildlife habitat into his home landscape through the installation of meadow gardens. Tim also works with Black Landscape Center as a native plants specialist.

Tim will share his expertise and discuss how to implement and maintain those gardens during a tour of his property.

Staff of the Milton Hershey School

Crystal Huff, is the Director, Agricultural and Environmental Education for Milton Hershey School Jesse Yonkovich is an Instructional Advisor, Environmental Center for Milton Hershye School Nate McKelvie is an Assistant Instructional Advisor, Environmental Center for Milton Hershey School The Milton Hershey Staff will provide a tour of campus landscapes that demonstrate the Eight Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping from the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council. The tour will focus mainly on landscaping practices to conserve and clean water and to provide habitat for wildlife through the use of native plant species in a meadow, detention basins, and a rain garden. Staff will discuss installation and maintenance of the conservation landscapes. The tour will provide information for beginners looking to learn how to get started. In addition, those experienced in conservation landscaping will see meadows that have been conserving resources for 15 years.