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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 50th anniversary in 2021. 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 Room at the Green Tree Fire Hall, located at 825 Poplar Street. Guests are welcome!

Unless otherwise noted, lunch is at 11:00 a.m., followed by a brief  business meeting and the program at 12:00 p.m.

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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2022 PROGRAMS

Programs begin at 12:00 noon in the Carlisle Room at the Green Tree Fire Hall, 825 Poplar Street, unless otherwise noted:

  • Thursday, February 10: "To Prune or Not to Prune: Pruning Trees and Shrubs" by Andrew Tomaskovic, Certified Arborist 

  • Thursday, March 10: "How to Take Care of Houseplants and Orchids" presented by the Bidwell Training Staff.
    • This program will take place at the Drew Mathieson Center at the Bidwell Training Center.  Reservations are required.
  • Thursday, April 14: "Cultivation and Care of Dahlias" by Jennifer Floyd and Heather Ramsey, Greater Pittsburgh Dahlia Society
  • Thursday, May 12: "Patio Planter Workshop and Container Gardening" by Gary Baranowski
  • Thursday, June 9: "500 Herbs!" by Robert Couture. 
    • This program will take place at 7:30 pm in the Municipal Garden located behind the Green Tree Borough Municipal Building (weather permitting).
  • Thursday, July 14: "Water Conservation and Rain Gardens" 
    • This program will take place at 12:00 noon in the Municipal Garden located behind the Green Tree Borough Municipal Building (weather permitting).
  • Thursday, August 11: "Birding 101" by Chris Kubiak, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. 
    • This program will take place at the Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve. Reservations are required.
  • Thursday, September 8: "Growing Grapes and Making Wine" 
    • This program will take place at 7:30 pm in the Municipal Garden located behind the Green Tree Borough Municipal Building (weather permitting).
  • Thursday, October 13: "What is Wrong with My Plant?" by Dr. Silloo Kapadia, Penn States Master Garden.  
    • This program will begin at 12:30 pm following our "Crocktober" Municipal Workers Recognition Luncheon at 11:00 am.
  • Thursday, November 10: "Pittsburgh Botanic Garden" by Mark Miller, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
    • This program will take place at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at 11:30 am.  Reservations are required.

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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, June 23- Fellows Riverside Garden at Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, OH
  • Wednesday, July 20- Old Economy Village and Stonebridge Farm Gardens, Ambridge, PA
  • Thursday, September 22- Thistlethwaite Vineyards, Jefferson, PA
  • Thursday, October 27- Hunt Botanical Library, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Thursday, December 15- Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, 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 7: 9:00 am -1:00 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 14: 10:00 am -3:00 pm
    • Bake Sale
    • Plant Sale
    • Craft Show
    • Flea Market
    • Outdoor Lunch Cafe
    • Basket Raffle
  • Hardy Mum and Aster Sale - Saturday, September 10: 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.