Garden Works

Cultural Landscape of Cambria County Ethnic Heritage and Heirloom Gardens Garden Series

Garden planning time for 2020 is here!
Bottle Works, Arts on 3rd Avenue, is premiering their new Green Roof, Rain Gardens, Park on Chestnut, and Street Trees with Garden Works- Cultural Landscape of Cambria County Garden Series.

Join fellow gardeners at the Bottle Works as they focus on regional climate landscaping, wise plant selection, and stress-free management.
Garden Series topics will vary and focus on Cultural Landscapes:
-Ethnic Heritage, cultural practices and design
-Native and non-invasive species specific to the Johnstown region
-Natural ecosystems
-Heirloom Gardens
-Rural and urban historical design
-Garden maintenance
-Stormwater management using plants
-Rain Gardens
-Street Trees
Future topics will progress, based on attendee’s requests: Containers, pruning, gardening with children…….
Expand your Garden dreams with fellow gardeners, who share the same hopes and desires.

Our inaugural garden series of programs honors the family of Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Huff-McCann.
Her parents, Ray and Connie Huff, are major benefactors of Bottle Works’ Green Roof, also known as ‘Jackie’s Garden Works at Bottle Works’. The Huff’s pay tribute to the life of their daughter who passed away nearly 5 years ago as the result of a tragic automobile accident. Jackie enjoyed roses, petunias and lilies. We include her favorites throughout our programs.

‘Jump Start Your Garden – Winter Sowing Basics’

Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Speaker: Terry Smith, Urban Gardener, PSU MG Student
BW Members: $15 Non-Members $20

Light refreshments are served.

Those registered at least 3 days before the event are guaranteed class materials. Walk-ins and late registrants are welcomed and will receive materials, if available.

Winter sowing offers the opportunity to get a head start on gardening for those who don’t have indoor space or lighting to sow seeds. Repurposed containers are prepared to serve as miniature greenhouses in cold winter temperatures before and during spring time germination. Many early settlers used outdoor cold frames, similar to modern day winter sowing.
Smith will share her personal experience including a list of appropriate seeds for Johnstown’s planting zone, how to provide adequate protection, drainage, and air transpiration.
Seeds will be shared. Get your hands dirty planting your take-home mini greenhouse!

Terry Smith is a local urban gardener who finds time to start seeds aside from her artistic painting career, Wildravens.net.

‘What is that Tree or Shrub?’ Tree Identification 101

Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Jesse Stuver, Owner and Landscape Designer Stuver’s Nursery, Riverside, PA

BW Members: $15 Non-Members $20 Light refreshments are served.

Those registered at least 3 days before the event are guaranteed class materials. Walk-ins and late registrants are welcomed and will receive materials, if available.

Discover basic techniques to identify trees in the home landscape and those viewed while enjoying local woodland trails. Leaf patterns, buds, bark, trunk, flowers, seeds, and branch formations offer special clues.
Stuver will share basic tips to easily identify a tree or shrub. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The program includes outdoor walking to view street trees/shrubs on the Bottle Works ‘green’ campus and on 3rd Avenue.

Jesse Stuver has been in the landscape business for 30 years designing gardens in a 50-mile radius of the Johnstown area. Stuversriversidenursery.com .

‘Three Sisters’ Gardening and other Companion Planting Practices

Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Jessica Crum-Lasko and Sue Konvolinka, PSU Master Gardeners
BW Members: $15 Non-Members $20

Light refreshments are served.
Those registered at least 3 days before the event are guaranteed class materials. Walk-ins and late registrants are welcomed and will receive materials, if available.

Early Americans learned cultural gardening practices from Native Americans. They combined their homeland practices with shared techniques to create productive gardens based on Companion Planting.
Crum-Lasko and Konvolinka will share a vegetable garden technique, ‘Three Sisters’ to grow corn, squash, and beans as active producers. One ‘Three Sisters’ planting mound will be planted in Bottle Works’ Park on Chestnut during the program. Companion planting is effective for pest control, pollination, and maximizing use of space.
Attendees will receive written instructions, seeds and additional companion planting information.

Jessica Crum-Lasko manages a home herb, vegetable garden and pollinator garden. She is employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist.
Sue Konvolinka volunteers in Johnstown’s community and public garden spaces and serves as a National Garden Club Master Landscape Design Consultant. She is a Registered Nurse.

Mediterranean Gardening, Culinary Uses and Folklore

Thursday, May 7, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Jessica Crum-Lasko
BW Members: $15 Non-Members $20

Light refreshments are served.
Those registered at least 3 days before the event are guaranteed class materials. Walk-ins and late registrants are welcomed and will receive materials, if available.
Mediterranean immigrants quickly learned how to adapt their homeland gardening practices to Johnstown’s regional climate. Discover how they managed a garden to create their homeland meals. Recipes will be shared and opportunities to taste and smell herbs will stimulate your senses!

Jessica Crum-Lasko manages a home herb, vegetable garden and pollinator garden. She is employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist.

Photo Credit to Thomas Dean

PLUG PLANTING FEST 

Week of June 22, 2020 date and time to be determined and advertised week of June 15. 

Rain Garden at FNB POP PLAZA, Bottle Works, 3rd Avenue
FREE EVENT – No Experience Necessary
Pre-Registration required – please sign up to be notified of date.

To register call us at 814-535-2020


Bottle Works’ FNB POP PLAZA Rain Garden sites. 1900 pollinator perennial plugs will be planted under the direction of members of The Garden Club of Johnstown and PSU Master Gardeners using a design by Sara Thompson, Pashek + MTR Landscape Architects, Pittsburgh.
Plant selection includes natives and noninvasive, prairie, pollinator perennials.
Instruction will include how to follow a design when planting 13 varieties of perennial plugs ranging from 3” – 5” in size.
Bring your own garden gloves and a hand trowel, if you have one. Please label your equipment with your name.
Lunch will be served to those who pre-register for the event and participate.

Milkweed, Monarchs and Miracles

Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Marcy Cunkelman, Certified Pollinator Gardens – Cunkelman Safe Haven
BW Members: $15 Non-Members $20

Light refreshments are served.
Those registered at least 3 days before the event are guaranteed class materials. Walk-ins and late registrants are welcomed and will receive materials, if available.

Milkweed and monarchs are a perfect match in nature. Discover how to create, plant and maintain a butterfly habitat garden hosted with milkweed. Learn how to encourage annual Monarch performances on your property!
Cunkelman will share her successful milkweed practices and monarch tagging. She will provide take-home information, and offer a peek at a variety of living stages of caterpillar development. If available, milkweed seeds or seedlings will be distributed. The evening includes a Jackie’s Garden Works Green Roof tour and updates on FNB Pop Plaza rain garden prairie pollinator plants.

Marcy Cunkelman has been a chemical free, pollinator gardener for butterflies, birds and other pollinators for over 30 years, using native plants. She serves as a Garden Club Federation of PA, District VI Director and is a member of the Evergreen Garden Club, Indiana PA. Marcie is well-known across the state in the field of Birds and Butterflies.

Moonlit Garden Party
Full Moon – Sturgeon Moon
Moon Garden Design

Monday, August 3, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 pm 

BW Members: $15 Non-Members $20

Light refreshments are served.
Those registered at least 3 days before the event are guaranteed class materials. Walk-ins and late registrants are welcomed and will receive materials, if available.

Discover the Victorian practice of creating Moon Gardens to maximize moonlit nights of romance. White and silver blooms with variegated foliage can extend garden views from the patio and indoor rooms. For many people, nighttime may be the only opportunity to view a garden. Cooler temperatures after sunset and pre-dawn are times those with ‘moon gardens’ extend garden enjoyment and provide additional habitat for night pollinators and other wildlife. Learn about nocturnal blooming plants. A list of ‘moon garden’ perennial plants appropriate for our region and other tips to create an instant moon garden will be provided. Light refreshments will add to the romance of the evening.