Spring is here, and at Trax Farms that’s cause for celebration. The Penn State Master series of lectures offered at Trax Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. The series allows gardeners to learn valuable information, including basic how-tos and tips only master gardens know.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting or have been gardening all your life, there is plenty to learn. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded after the presentations. Register today, and make sure your gardening season goes off without a hitch. Registration fees are Saturday, $15; Sunday, $10; Saturday and Sunday, $20. Call 412-473-2540 to register or for more information. Walk-ins are accepted the day of the event.
Saturday, April 21
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Best Plants for a Carefree Garden, Sandy Csikari
Would you love to have a wonderful perennial garden without hours of maintenance? Have your previous attempts at gardening ended in failure? This class will provide you with information on selecting trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs that require little or no maintenance, have long bloom times and multi-season interest, and are disease resistant. Beautify your space and still have time to enjoy it!
10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Edible Landscaping, Susan Marquesen
With an increased interest in growing your own food, heirloom fruits and vegetables are now mainstream, and seed companies and nurseries are providing homeowners with many more options of attractive edible plants for the landscape. Fruits and vegetables can easily be incorporated into a shrub border providing both beauty and a source of quality food. If space is limited, edibles can be grown in containers or window boxes. Consider planting a flowering fruit tree rather than a purely ornamental specimen. It is fun to experiment with edibles, and the rewards are delicious!
11:45 to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch available in deli and bakery.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Organic Pest Control, Pat Morgan
Is your garden out of control? Have you done all the “right things” but are still losing the war against insects and diseases? Are you looking for safe, organic solutions? If so, it is time to take a look at research-based, organic pest control strategies and products.
1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Pond Basics, Judy Boyer
Explore the exciting world of ponds. Learn how to build a backyard pond and the best place to locate it. This lecture will cover the best pond plants for our area and how to keep your pond happy and healthy.
Sunday, April 22
1 to 1:45 p.m.
Fairy Gardening, Betty Robison
Learn how to transform a small garden, focal area or even a container into a fairy garden. We will discuss the type of small structures and accessories that will complement your garden and the best plants suited for wee gardening. Let your imagination run wild, and invite children of any age to help you create this whimsical habitat designed exclusively for fairies.
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Gardening on a Dime, Laura Delach
Learn how to get the garden you want the frugal way, economically and physically. Learn the secret of saving money and time and having a beautiful garden that you can enjoy all season, and reward yourself with the bounties of fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers to adorn your table.
3 to 3:45 p.m.
Outwit, Outlast, Outplay, Betty Robison
Deer eating your plants before they even get to bloom? Rabbits nibbling on your lettuce? Got bats in your belfry? Learn how to get a handle on these critters without the use of harmful chemicals. This class will teach you how to be a survivor!
Also, keep in mind that “Pansymania” continues until Saturday, April 7. Cost is $12.99 per flat. Save $5 on thousands of flats of pansies and violas—over 25 unique varieties and new selections. Customer Appreciation Day is Friday, April 20. Receive 20% off the entire greenhouse department plus free samples in the specialty market.
Spring store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Trax Farms is located at 528 Trax Road, Finleyville (Rt. 88 between Library and Finleyville). For information, call 412-835-3246 or visit www.traxfarms.com.