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Green Tree
Green Tree Garden Club
Founded 1971
The mission of this organization shall be to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and the natural world for its members and the regional community through educational programming, related field activities and outreach.

 


Are you interested in gardening? Consider becoming a member of the Green Tree Garden Club. Enjoy nature via an active and engaging series of projects, outings and educational programs.

The club, founded in 1971, celebrated its 51st anniversary in 2022. We maintain all the gardens in the Green Tree Municipal Park and hold regular meetings with programs related to gardening. We welcome new members, both experienced gardeners and beginners. If you would enjoy working in the garden, learning from other members and sharing your expertise, contact Membership Chair Roni Conard at 717-747-6565 or President Kevin Maurer at 412-922-8816.

 

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MEETINGS

Meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of each month in the Carlisle Social Hall at the Green Tree Fire Hall, located at 825 Poplar Street.

Unless otherwise noted, lunch is served at 11:00 a.m., followed by a brief  business meeting and the program at 12:15 p.m. Guests are welcome! If you would like to attend as a guest, please email us at gardenclubgt@gmail.com.

The Green Tree Garden Club meets year-round, giving members opportunities to participate in programs and trips over the summer months, when so much is in bloom!

 

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2023 PROGRAMS

Programs begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Carlisle Social Hall at the Green Tree Fire Hall, 825 Poplar Street, unless otherwise noted:

  • Thursday, February 9: "Houseplant Care: The Basics" presented by Chris Stewart and Danielle Trippoli of Dormont Florist.
  • Thursday, March 16: "Co-Existence with Critters: A Gardener's Guide" presented by Katie Campbell and Sandi Comunale of the Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh.
  • Thursday, April 13: "The Magnificent Mushroom" by Luke Mitchell of Mitchell's Mushroom Farm
    • This program will take place at 7:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11: "Preparation for the 2023 Spring Festival"
  • Thursday, June 15: "A Close-Up Look at our Hidden Jewel, the Municipal Garden" by members of the Green Tree Garden Club Municipal Garden Committee. 
    • This program will take place at 7:15 pm in the Municipal Garden located behind the Green Tree Borough Municipal Building (weather permitting).
  • Thursday, July 13: "Gardening for Pollinators" by Dr. Mark Miller of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
    • This program will take place at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at 10:00 a.m. Reservations are required.
  • Thursday, August 10: "Flavor Your Life: Growing Your Own Herbs and More" by Joan Kugler, Penn State Master Gardener.
    • This program will take place at 7:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 14: "The Art of Bonsai" by Ed Baginski of the Pittsburgh Bonsai Society.
    • This program will take place at 12:30 p.m., following our annual Municipal Workers Recognition Luncheon at 11:00 a.m. in the Sycamore/Hemlock Room of the Municipal Center.
  • Thursday, October 12: "Birding 201" by Chris Kubiak, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. 
    • This program will take place at the Buffalo Creek Nature Park. Reservations are required.
  • Thursday, November 9: "Holiday Wreath Making" by Megan Pattinato.
    • This program will take place at 7:15 p.m.

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FIELD TRIPS

Reservations are required for all field trips, and guests pay a modest fee for transportation and lunch.  Transportation is via bus or carpool.  Contact Kevin Maurer at 412-922-8816.

  • Thursday, April 27 - Mitchell's Mushroom Farm, Murrysville, PA
  • Friday, June 2 - Ginny and John Ambrose's City Garden, Lawrenceville, PA
  • Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22 - Hershey Gardens and Penn State Arboretum
  • Monday, July 10 - Carol Wojcicki's Hybrid Daylily Garden, Eighty Four, PA
  • Thursday, July 20 - Schwirian Farm Sunflower Festival, Monongahela, PA
  • Thursday, August 24 - Raccoon Creek State Park Wildflower Reserve, Hookstown, PA

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FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

The GTGC supports itself and its community activities by donations and the following fundraisers.  Outdoor Plant Sales take place in the parking lot of the Green Tree Fire Hall.

Interested in making a donation to the Green Tree Garden Club? Click HERE to download a Donation Form.
  • Sale of Enjoy Coupon Books- November through January (Contact Karen Maurer at 412-922-8816)
  • Mother's Day Geranium Sale- Saturday, May 13: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Spring Plant Sale- pre-sale during the month of April (Contact Kevin Maurer at 412-922-8816)
  • Green Tree Garden Club Spring Festival- Saturday, May 13: 10:00 am -3:00 pm
    • Bake Sale
    • Plant Sale
    • Craft Show
    • Flea Market
    • Outdoor Lunch Cafe
    • Basket Raffle
    • Children's Scavenger Hunt
  • Hardy Mum and Aster Sale - Saturday, September 9: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Booth at the Green Tree Octoberfest
  • Spring Bulb Sale - pre-sale during the month of September (Contact Kevin Maurer at 412-922-8816)
*The cost of an Enjoy Book is $30.00. Please contact Karen Maurer at 412-922-8816 or any Club member to purchase this valuable book.

The Club's fundraising efforts and strong member participation allow for the following community activities to be possible by providing:
  • Monthly flower arrangements in the Green Tree Library reading area
  • Seasonal arrangements for the Municipal Building atrium and Police Department
  • Yearly support for the students in the horticultural department at Bidwell Training Center
  • Philanthropic support for local garden and nature related organizations
The Green Tree Garden Club members
exercise their love of gardening by
maintaining the gardens at the Municipal Center Park.


For further information about the Green Tree Garden Club, call Kevin Maurer at 412-922-8816.