A lecture series presented by Master Gardeners and other experts in their field.
Please preregister here
Native Plants for Every Garden
JUNE 9th 7:00 pm Donation: $5
Learn how you can add beauty and reduce maintenance while at the same time improving the ecosystem of your own backyard by using native plants in your landscape with Marc Randell, Master Gardener. You can preregister here
Certified Wildlife Habitats
JUNE 16th 7:00 pm Donation: $5
Certified Wildlife Habitats are a program run by the National Wildlife Federation to provide recognition for any property that provides food, water, shelter, nesting spaces and sustainable gardening practices that support wildlife. Whether you have a small yard, a balcony or acres of land, this program will help you attract beautiful wildlife to your property and reduce storm water in the process. You can preregister here
~ Rachel Rosenfeld, Master Gardener
Garden Tips & Tricks, a Show & Tell
JUNE 23rd 7:00 pm Donation: $5
Find fresh ideas to use in your garden this summer. Learn about items in your home or yard that can be re-purposed or recycled in ways you may not have thought of. Get the down and dirty with Kathy Klein, Master Gardener You can preregister here
Garden in Place and Bring Nature Home
JUNE 30th 7:00 pm Donation: $5
To garden in place and bring nature home not only beautifies your environment, feeds birds and wildlife and makes maintenance easier, but it also shows a personal commitment to preserving our natural world. Preserving our natural world in this way supports life not only in your backyard but on the planet as well. Putting this concept into practice may be easier than you think, with greater rewards than you imagine. Learn more with Leslie Bass, Master Grardener. You can preregister here
But some of the features that visitors to the garden won’t necessarily see have environmental officials excited.
“This site is a microcosm of our entire mission,” says Christopher Holmes, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Botanic Garden projects involved cleaning up abandoned mine lands, removing safety hazards and resolving drinking water issues. An acid-mine drainage-treatment bed that will continue to function adjacent to a pond won the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for filtering out aluminum hydroxide.
David Hamilton, regulatory program specialist with the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement office in Pittsburgh, calls the various Botanic Garden projects “a trifecta,” because they have resolved or will resolve issues of acid-mine drainage, subsidence and existing coal on the site, while eventually allowing for reforestation. The 460 acres planned for the first and future phases of the Botanic Garden were used over the centuries as farmland, strip mines and deep mines.