August is prime time for a garden’s bounty. Locally grown corn is
fresh and sweet. Warm, ripe tomatoes beg to be plucked and eaten.
The Penn State
Master Gardeners of Allegheny County celebrate summer’s harvest
at Garden in the Parks, an annual free event at North and South
parks set for August 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Activities at both sites include:
• Tomato, basil
and garlic tasting.
• A garden
marketplace featuring plant and vegetable sales.
crafts and activities including a potato dig.
tables manned by Master Gardeners, ready to answer any garden
• A deer
deterrent table featuring strategies such as special plants and
barriers to keep hungry deer at bay.
along with their bees and honey.
• Master food
preservers from Penn State with tips on safely preserving fruits
• Free cookies
flavored with herbs, such as lavender and lemon verbena, all
grown in the gardens and baked by Master Gardeners.
• Delicious and
free Penn State Creamery ice cream cones. Arrive early as the
ice cream always runs out!
If you have a
special gardening interest or would like to learn about
conservation, stop to speak with representatives from these
organizations: Peters Creek and Nine Mile Run watersheds, Sakura
Cherry Tree Project, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Daffodil and
Hosta Society, American Chestnut Society and Pittsburgh Mushroom
South Park’s demonstration gardens will feature:
• An arbor
planted with mini Tennessee dancing gourds used as spinning
• A sensory
garden with buzzing bees, bright colors, scented foliage and
tasty flowers and herbs.
• A flower border
filled with glowing silver and white plants that may inspire you
to plant a moonlight garden.
• “Bed on a
Budget,” a beautiful planting created by direct-sowing seeds or
transplanting volunteer seedlings from previous plantings.
Plants include poppies, dill, monarda, rudbeckia and cosmos.
Another bed, featuring the same flowers but grown in a
greenhouse, allows for comparison of the two techniques.
• Speakers: 9:15
a.m. Eric Norman, a Penn State graduate student in environmental
sciences, on native plants; 10:15 a.m. Matt Hirsh of Trax Farms
on lawn care; 11:15 a.m. Doug Oster of Tribune Review and KDKA
on organic gardening; and 12:15 p.m. Andy Amrhein of Evey
Hardware and KDKA on garden tools.
At North Park, programs will include:
• Trial gardens
featuring 75 brand-new cultivars of popular annuals. Hershey
Gardens is the only other site in the state to see these plants,
which are not yet commercially available. The display was
created in collaboration with the 155-acre Southeast
Agricultural Research and Extension Center, part of Penn State
University. Plants include the ‘Grandstand’ series of Salvia
splendens and 'Crystal’ series of Euphorbia chamaesyce.
• Two new “recipe
pots” near the monument and cannon filled with the herbs and
flowers to make Herbs de Provence or a caper herb sauce.
• Labels on
plants in the perennial gardens provided by the newest class of
Allegheny County Master Gardeners.
Each of the parks
will also have special programs.
Flowers in 2013
Outstanding Garden Plants of 2012