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Fall armyworm


More info here: Living on a Few Acres 2021 brochure 


Living on  a Few Acres




Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays     

Recordings of all webinars can be found here.





Planting a New Tree? Here's a list of species that are strong and long-lived (the last column).

Ice Storm Susceptibility by Tree Species: (click here for the entire publication)

Trees Ice Storms





 NewState Horticulture Newsletter 









YouTube Channel for Horticulture Wednesday Webinars



 Pulaski County Horticulture Channel




Important Notice Regarding Pulaski County Extension Programs & COVID 19

As of August 31, 2020 the Pulaski County Extension Office is open on a regular schedule. Groups may use the Extension office to meet in-person as long as social distancing is followed and masks are in use.  No food or refreshments are allowed during meetings, spaces must be properly sanitized before and after, and face masks are highly encouraged.

If you prefer to schedule an appointment, you may contact us by calling the Pulaski County Extension Office at (606) 679-6361.
Horticulture programs will be offered virtually through at least June 2021. Take-home kits or grab bags may be part of the program.  This will be re-evaluated as the year progresses.

The CDC and Kentucky officials recommend wearing face masks or cloth face coverings in public settings. Protect yourself and others by wearing a face mask or cloth mask while visiting our Extension facility.





seed packetsNOW HERE! Lake Cumberland Seed Lending Library Spring 2021



Trees You Wish You Had Planted (stressing smaller trees and potential replacements for ornamental pears)

  • This is a powerpoint made into a pdf.



Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings 

COVID Private Applicators Training Plan 2021

As of now we are working on getting some online meetings set to cover the applicator trainings. This information will be out sometime in February. In-person meetings will be very limited due to COVD restrictions being followed by University of Kentucky employees. An alternative written test is available. This test can be taken at the Extension office by appointment only. You can call the office to get a list of dates and times. All CDC COVID guidelines will be followed. Masks will be required.
For new applicators, we have a self-study course that can be taken online. This is for new applicators only, this will not count as a recertification/
If you have any questions, please contact the Pulaski Co Extension office at 606-679-6361.





Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association

     Lake Cumberland Beekeepers are an extremely active group promoting smart, practical beekeeping. They meet the 3rd Monday of each month January - October at 6:30pm at the Pulaski Co Extension office. LCBA is meeting in-person again. Hope you can join us!

     If you see a honey bee swarm, get in touch with LCBA as soon as possible and they will send someone out to collect it.

     The Lake Cumberland Beekeepers were featured in 2015 on UK Ag News.

Gardener's Toolbox text message updates

     Text '@gardenerst' to 81010 to receive textupdates about the upcoming Gardener's Toolbox classes. To receive email reminders, send blank email to @gardenerst@mail.remind.com

Pine Straw Available!     pine straw

     Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners make pine straw available to the community at a very reasonable cost. We still have plenty. Call (606) 679-6361 for more information.

Pulaski Pollinator Garden Plant List

     The pollinator garden was planted in 2014.  Plants include mainly natives with some non-natives mixed in.

Emerald Ash Borer Information

     Emerald ash borer has been detected in Pulaski County. It may be worth considering protecting highly valued ash trees with a spring treatment.

Landscape Plants for Honeybees Plant List

     I spoke at several KY bee schools in 2014 (Allen Co, South East, and Bluegrass) and 2016 on early- and late-flowering landscape plants for honey bees. This list is NOT all-inclusive. It is intended to give you some different ideas

Farmers Market information

     Lake Cumberland Farmers' Market

Spotted Wing Drosophila impacts small fruits

     This new pest has the ability to do serious damage to raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  Here's a second pub. Commercial growers must take the necessary steps to control this pest.

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     Lake Cumberland Seed Lending Library

     Archive of articles can be found here.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

     This is a new stink bug to Kentucky and is a known pest of fruit crops and vegetables. It's also a home invader. UK's See Blue, Go GreenWebsite from UK featuring how to be green in your home and garden (and other places)

Tour the Children's Garden  

     Virtual tour of the new Children's Garden at thePulaski County Public LIbrary

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Beth Wilson

Beth Wilson, Pulaski County Agent for Horticulture Education

BS in Computer Science, Transylvania, 1989

BS in Horticulture, University of Kentucky, 1995

MS in Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, 1997

Bethany G. Wilson

ISA Certified Arborist (R)                                      



  ISA Certified Arborist