Tomatoes, basil, garlic, peppers, flowers, and much more will be in abundance at the North and South Park Demonstration Gardens on August 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the annual Garden in the Parks Field Day sponsored by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County.
The free event features a garden market, tours of the gardens, children's activities, and information on native pollinators, herbs, and composting and rain barrels. Stations will be set up where you can taste and vote on different varieties of roasted garlic, basil pesto, and tomatoes.
Visitors can learn about raising bees from local beekeepers, and take guided tours of the annual flower trials, pollinator gardens and herb gardens.
At the market, the Master Gardeners will be selling their own grown fresh tomatoes, garlic, peppers and an array of summer vegetables. In addition, the market will have an assortment of perennials, dried and fresh cut flowers, and gardening items for sale.
Master Gardeners will staff the Q & A table to answer questions, diagnose problems, and identify plants. Soil Tests kits will be available for $9 each.
A Penn State Master Food Preserver will be on hand to discuss the process of preserving the bounty of the garden by drying, freezing and canning. Free testing of the pressure cooker dial gauges also will be offered.
The North Park Demonstration Garden is located at the intersection of Wildwood Road and Babcock Boulevard. The South Park garden is at the intersection of Corrigan Drive and McConkey Road.