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Greenhouse Seminars – 2017 will be another exciting year for Sandyvale Memorial Gardens & Conservancy and its community garden initiative.  The newly constructed and outfitted greenhouse, donated by the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, was reconstructed at Sandyvale with the help of funding through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Community Initiatives Fund, a Keep American Beautiful/Lowes grant and Lee Initiatives grant.  This spring the greenhouse will again provide vegetable plants for the Johnstown Schoolyard Gardens and the neighborhood community gardens within the City.  In addition, leafy vegetables and herbs will be grown in the hydroponic system, and tomatoes, vineing vegetables and flowers will also be produced through a poly bag growing system and harvested throughout the summer and distributed to numerous non-profit agencies and local soup kitchens who provide meals to the needy in the community.

An educational series of four seminars will begin at the greenhouse on March 18th.   The first three seminars will be held by Ron McIntosh, host of the former “Green Grower” gardening program which aired in the 1980’s on WJAC-TV6.  Ron is the owner of the “Green Grower Grown Organic Produce.”  At each session Ron provides suggestions and designs with real plant material.  The fourth seminar on rain barrel gardening will be presented by landscape architect, Kristina Strosnider, formerly of Natural Biodiversity.  The fee is $15 per person per seminar and each seminar will run approximately two hours from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Hands-on-learning opportunities will be provided and refreshments will be served at each session.  Bring a cap and sunglasses on sunny days and a folding chair if you wish, wooden benches are provided for seating.



Seminar #1 – Create Living Art – Topiaries, Standards and Bonsai – March 18th

Seminar #2 – Gardening for Wildlife – How to Attract Pollinators – March 25th 

Seminar #3 – Year Round Maintenance for Your Property – April 1st

Seminar #4 – Rain Barrel Gardening – April 8th

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 Class size is limited to 30 seats per session.  For more information  email:

(Bring a cap and sunglasses on sunny days and a folding chair if you wish, wooden benches are available.)



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