Garden in the Parks Field Day scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16
Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County are hosting an open house at their demonstration gardens at North Park and South Park on Saturday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Garden in the Parks Field Day is a great opportunity to meet other gardeners, get tips on improving home gardens, and enjoy a day of fun at one of our beautiful Allegheny County Parks,” explains Philip Bauerle, the interim Penn State Master Gardener coordinator in Pittsburgh. “The event has grown every year since we started it about six year ago, with 1,000 people participating last year.”
A crew of about 30 Penn State Master Gardeners will be on site at each location to give garden tours, provide information about bees, advice on composting, and offer brochures and pamphlets to help gardeners. Plus, two representatives from the Penn State Gardenline Hotline will be at both Parks to answer gardening questions. Two baskets of gardening tools—one at each site—will be raffled.
The demonstration gardens welcome the opportunity for county residents to see mature annual beds that were made possible by the Master Gardeners and local nurseries. At Garden in the Parks Field Day, residents are invited to place a colored flag, as a vote, by their favorite annual in the demonstration beds. Master gardeners tally the votes and record the winners for distribution to the public and nursery partners.
Kids will enjoy games, digging up a potato to take home, and sampling lavender shortbread cookies. Garlic from the demonstration gardens and tomatoes from the home gardens of Master Gardeners will be available to taste, also. Garlic will be available for sale, as will soil test kits.
This summer, new and exciting activities will be held during the event. First, gardeners from the recent Master Gardener class will present projects they have been working on in the Edible Teaching Garden. They will be discussing season extension at North Park and companion planting at South Park. Also, tours of the half-moon garden in North Park will be offered. Each year the Penn State Master Gardeners maintain the garden and select a new theme. This year’s theme is based on the patterns of famous designer, Lilly Pulitzer, with pinks and greens highlighting the bed.
The Penn State Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at North Park is at the intersection of Wildwood Road and Ingomar Road; at South Park, the garden is at the intersection of Corrigan Drive and McConkey Road.