Garden in the Parks
“Garden in the Parks Field Day (GIPFD) 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. “The event has grown every year since we started it about six year ago, with more than 1,000 people participating in 2013.”
A crew of about 30 Penn State Master Gardeners will be on site at each location to give garden tours of the trial beds. These are annual beds that feature plants relatively new and/or recommended for our zone. They could be heat/drought resistant, deer resistant, a new cultivar or featured color etc… Many of the annuals are donated to the Master Gardeners, for the demonstration beds, by local nurseries*. The demonstration gardens offer an opportunity for county residents to see a mature annual, judge how well it does in our area and decide if it is one they might want in their own garden. At GIPFD 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 extension records the winners for distribution to the public and our nursery partners.