The Heritage Garden Club met on Aug. 3 at Mt. Pisgah State Park with nine members in attendance. Laura Steele introduced Park Manager Lee Dillon, who gave a brief overview of park activities. He commented that having only been in his current position for about a year, he greatly appreciates and enjoys the beauty of this area.
Dillon then introduced Rich Gulyas who presented the evening’s program. He noted that his background is in landscaping and maintenance and he has worked for various organizations such as the Bradford County Conservation District and an engineering organization for the gas industry, which is ongoing.
One of the major projects Rich Gulyas is overseeing is the Butterfly Garden at the Nature Center. The garden has become completely overgrown with a mix of invasives, natives, and perennials.
To start with, the plan is to mow down and spray the area and then replant it in some organized fashion. Gulyas is hoping that the Heritage Garden Club will come back at a later date to consult with him on how to organize the garden. Members suggested dividing the area into native and non-native species with natives receiving special attention since the garden is in a state park.
Following the program, Laura Steele, filling in for President Charlotte Lyon, called the meeting to order and led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes from the last meeting were approved with no corrections and Vivian Hall gave the Treasurers Report.
Members noted that the baskets in downtown Troy are thriving in spite of the drought. Barb Andrus reported that she had planted the black planters, which have been placed by the Boro Hall.
Beverly Hunter provided the evening’s refreshments. Due to the pandemic, everything was packaged in commercially individual servings.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and all the ensuing cancellations, the club voted to cancel the September meeting. Former State Chair of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, Sharon Brown, will install the new officers of District V in Williamsport.
New members are always welcome.
For more information about becoming a member, call Charlotte Lyon at (570) 297-4269. The Heritage Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc.