With Summer Come the New TREC Garden Programs

April 2, 2013 6:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts
TREC Gardens

TREC Gardens


As mentioned in a prior blog, my bulbs, seeds and a few live plants have arrived by the friendly UPS truck.    That means that summer is just around the corner, RIGHT.   Yes I know, I’m dreaming.   But at least I have one believer.  Jen Salem, TREC’s own resident Master Gardener, has been putting together a full schedule of Garden Programs for you and I to help solve our gardening problems, learn about TREC’s special gardens, and at the same time impart practical wisdom about how to have a wonderful spring and summer in your garden and yard.

In Trec Gardens last Sumer

In Trec Gardens last Sumer

She has enlisted a number of other talented Master Gardeners to help her with  more than 20 programs that cover the April through December time frame.  All sessions will be held at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.   In this blog I will tell you about the six programs that are scheduled between now and June 1, 2013.  Most programs are free and require no pre-registration.   The programs look to be quite fun and informative.

APRIL 20 – – 10:00 a.m. –noon

Organic Backyard Gardening – – Master Gardener Cindy Sonnenberg will explain the benefits and techniques of gardening organically in your own yard.


APRIL 27 – – 1:00 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m.

Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden – – Do you want to attract more butterflies, birds, and bees to your yard?   Master Gardener Heather Zimmermann will explain how to create a pollinator-friendly habitat.   NO FEE


August in TREC Gardens

August in TREC Gardens

MAY 5 – – 10:00 a.m. – noon

Compost: A Garden’s Best Friend – – For the gardener that wants to improve their soil quality and plant performance for FREE.  Master Gardeners Norm Olson and Deb Fromknecht will demystify the process of backyard composting.   NO FEE

MAY 19  – – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

TREC Garden Tour and Explanation. This is a wonderful morning leisurely walk through the gardens at TREC with garden coordinator Jen Salem.  You will learn the benefits of using native plants in your own yard and see how our gardens are in the middle of some major improvements.   NO FEE – -meet at TREC front desk.

JUNE 1 – – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TREC Native Plant Sale – – A wonderful time to browse through species of potted native plants and shrubs for sale, grown at the TREC gardens.  Quantities of these plants are limited, so come early.  Proceeds benefit garden programing and maintenance of the TREC gardens.

Swamp and Milkweed in Trec Garden

Swamp and Milkweed in Trec Garden



JUNE 1 – – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Native Plant Exhibit at TREC – – View botanical prints of many native and rare plant species found on Presque Isle.  This exhibit is provided by the Natural History Collections at TREC.    NO FEE

If you have questions, e-mail or call Jen Salem, Garden Coordinator at (814) 833-7424 or


Just a reminder – –  Jen and the gardens need your help.  TREC gardens has open volunteer days on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Call Jen Salem for details on how you might help.

  Monarch on Queen Anns Lace - -E. Ware

Monarch on Queen Anns Lace – -E. Ware

                                     See you on the Park!!


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