Tom Ford Classes at Discovery Garden
Gardening enthusiasts are invited to attend a series of gardening classes held in cooperation with Hollidaysburg Borough and Penn State Extension. Tom Ford, Area Commercial Horticulture Educator with Penn State Extension for Cambria County, teaches the classes.
The series of classes are free and open to the public. In return, participants agree to volunteer 18 hours at the Discovery Garden in Legion Park throughout the growing season from May to October 2014. Participants will receive a certificate of completion after the classes are over. Volunteers agree to work a minimum of two to three hours a week during the gardening season. Volunteer assignments include spring cleanup, planting, weeding, deadheading, guiding garden tours and helping with special events. Other opportunities are available for volunteers interested in providing educational activities for individuals participating in the horticultural therapy program of Skills and other community groups.
Class topics will include:
- Session I
Plant Health Care Begins with Soil Quality:
Ford will discuss how gardeners can improve soil fertility through the use of cover crop, compost, and organic fertilizers.
- Session II
Plant Health Care Starts with Plant Selection, Planting, and Maintenance
Ford will discuss how to expertly select, plant, and maintain landscape plants.
- Session III
Plant Health Care: Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Techniques in Landscape Settings
Ford will discuss how to apply IPM practices/techniques in your garden and landscape.
- Session IV
Plant Health Care: Application of Horticultural Best Management Practices in Landscape Settings
Ford will demonstrate how gardeners can employ best management practices through hands-on activities at the Discovery Garden in Hollidaysburg.
Classes will be held on the following Thursdays in April:
- April 3, 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Hollidaysburg Municipal Building
- April 10, 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Hollidaysburg Municipal Building
- April 17, 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Hollidaysburg Municipal Building
- April 24, 9:00 a.m. to noon at Discovery Garden, Legion Park
The Discovery Garden is a project of the Skills Foundation, which provides programs and supports to people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. One of the Skills Foundation’s programs is the Horticultural Therapy program at Discovery Garden. The program provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to be involved in their community while experiencing the benefits of horticultural therapy such as exercise, socialization, improving gross and motor skills and lessening anxiety.
Registration deadine is March 31
To register for classes, contact Patti Duron at the Hollidaysburg Municipal Office at 814-695-7543 ext. 301.
Discovery Garden: Something for Everyone
Discovery Garden is a wheelchair-accessible public garden in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Developed as a community resource, Discovery Garden provides a beautiful setting for people of all ages and abilities to relax and enjoy nature.
Located in Legion Memorial Park, Hollidaysburg Borough, and adjoining Kids’ Kingdom Play Park along the Beaver Dam Branch of the Juniata River, Discovery Garden offers something for everyone.
Since its inception, Discovery Garden has grown to encompass a series of seven theme gardens connected by wheelchair-accessible pathways. Each theme garden is designed to provide opportunities for hands-on outdoor education about flowers, plants, and ecology.