Instructor to discuss U.S. vegetable gardening

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has announced the topic of its second Coffee Hour for the 2013 season.

The speaker will be Carl Bower, Jr., who will discuss the history of vegetable gardening in the United States.

The talk will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Community Room of the Taber Museum.

Light refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public. A $1 donation is requested to help with the cost of refreshments.

Carl Bower, Jr. is an instructor of horticulture at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He is certified as a horticulturist, horticulture technician and an agriculture pesticide applicator.

He has two associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology, and received his master’s degree in education from Wilkes University.

He has experience in landscape design, management and plant pest control.

The lecture is second in a series of lectures to be held throughout 2013 which will focus on eating and drinking.

Future activities will include a lecture on the artwork of Severin Roesen, a picnic on the back lawn with a strolling barbershop quartet and several interactive programs.

The lecture series combines the LCHS Coffee Hours (second Thursday of March through June, and September through December) at 10 a.m. and its society programs (third Sunday of May through October) at 2 p.m.

The programs are free and open to the public. The lecture series is supported in part by a generous grant from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.

For more information regarding the programming at the Taber Museum, call at 326-3326 or visit