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Get Your Garden On!

Originally aired May 9, 2013

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to spring into yard work. May marks the start of gardening season and all the work that comes with it. But with so much to tackle this time of year, where do you begin? On “Conversations Live: Get Your Garden On!” Patty Satalia and guests Tom Butzler and John Esslinger, horticulture educators with Penn State’s Cooperative Extension, discuss lawn and garden preparation.


Tom Butzler

Tom Butzler, Penn State Extension Educator, Clinton County

Tom Butzler is a Horticulture Extension Educator located in central Pennsylvania with the majority of his responsibilities in vegetable production. He is also developing and originating Penn State Extension’s first online beekeeping course, Beekeeping 101, which takes Tom’s experience from teaching online for the past two years and elevates the level of student engagement and interactive resources for the virtual classroom.

John Esslinger

John Esslinger, Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension

John Esslinger has been a county-based extension educator with Penn State Extension since 1995. He works in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is based in Columbia County. He works with growers in the areas of fruit, vegetable, and greenhouse production.


Patty Satalia

Patty Satalia

During 30 years in broadcasting, Patty Satalia has worked as a news anchor, talk-show host, public affairs manager, and producer.

She has conducted more than 5,500 interviews for WPSU and has earned Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for public affairs and entertainment programming.

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