Garden Talk at The Institute

Garden Talk at The Institute

May 2nd, 2023 * 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Program is FREE! | Planting an Herbal Container Garden
In the first of a series of four Garden Talks, gardening expert Pam Rowland presents an in-the-garden program on how to create an herbal container garden.
Held in the Institute’s Civil War-era garden at Monterey Pass, attendees will learn about the different containers that can be used for planting herb gardens, and about the uses of culinary herbs.
Pam will demonstrate planting an herbal container garden, and talk about the needs and growing habits of herbs, as well as how to take care of your herbal container garden.
The adjacent Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum will be open especially for attendees of this event.
About the garden:
Created in partnership with the Friends of the Battle of Monterey Pass, the garden was based on extensive research and was planted by The Institute’s garden director and volunteers.
It will be an educational tool for area school children and for visitors to Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum.
“The garden is an interpretation of a Civil War-era garden, not a literal reproduction,” said Rowland, The Institute’s director of education and the garden director.
“In addition to traditional vegetables, 19th-century gardens often included a variety of herbs, used for both medicinal and culinary purposes.”
The garden will have a significant number of such herbs.
Many of these were used historically as “backyard medicine” by households and were also used by surgeons and doctors tending to wounded Civil War soldiers.
“For example, lamb’s ear was used on wounds,” Rowland said, “and lemon balm was used to relieve headaches.”
The 25-by-28-foot garden is enclosed by a period style wooden fence, constructed with reproduction 19th-century-style nails.
With six raised beds and one 24-foot-long bed, the plantings will change from year to year, always with an eye to reflecting period gardens.
This year, veggies like rhubarb and onions have been planted with the herbs.
A corps of Institute garden volunteers and Blue Ridge Garden Club members work with The Institute to maintain the garden throughout the season.
Upcoming Garden Talks include:
Garden Talk #2: May 9: How to Design and Install Raised Beds in Your Backyard
Garden Talk #3: May 16: Garden Walk & Talk: Medicinal Uses of Herbs in the Garden at Monterey Pass with guest speaker, pharmacist Greg Susla
Garden Talk #4: May 23: How to Create Natural Dyes from Herbs & Plants
Participants should wear shoes appropriate for being inside the garden.
Seating is not provided, but feel free to bring a chair.
Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum |14325 Buchanan Trail East Waynesboro, MD 17268
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Spring Fest at Backroads Greenhouse, Chambersburg

Spring Fest at Backroads Greenhouse, Chambersburg

Saturday April 23rd, 2022 * 8:00 AM
Opening for another season of Annuals , Perennials, Herbs, Vegetables, Ferns and Hanging Baskets & Houseplants!
Come out and shop with the vendors:
Ally’s Confection’s will have Peanut Butter Eggs
Knob Hill Co.
MoCo Studio
Backroad & Co
Carlene’s Kitchen
Thirty-One w Hannah Strausner
Jaffa Stamp Cafe
Little Fox Candle Co
Crystals Custom Creations
Goat’cha /Sweetpea B’a Jewelry &Gems
Crochet n Bead Designs
Laura’s Vibrant Nails
Franklin Co Youth Beef Club Food Stand!
Pampered Chef w Pamela Garman
Double Blessed Boutique
TERRIFIC TUESDAYS: Historic Activities for Families, Renfrew Museum & Park

TERRIFIC TUESDAYS: Historic Activities for Families, Renfrew Museum & Park

Tuesday Mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Four Select Dates Only:
March 29 – Gardening
June 28 – Dairying
August 23 – Architecture
September 27 – Cooking & Baking
$10 per child / $8 for Friends of Renfrew Members
Terrific Tuesdays return to Renfrew Museum and Park!
Re-imagined as a more in-depth experience designed for elementary and middle school-age children, this popular program for families is being offered as a four-part series in 2022.
Learn about life on our historic Pennsylvania German farmstead by visiting four of Renfrew’s historic features: Pennsylvania German Foursquare Gardens, Milk House, Summer Kitchen, and Fahnestock Farm.
Students will participate in an immersive farmstead adventure with special activities inspired by the authentic stories found in our collections, buildings, and landscapes.
Families may choose to attend one, some, or register for all four farmstead adventures.
To find out more about these events and/or to register, Click Here
2022 Volunteer Info Sessions, Renfrew Museum & Park

2022 Volunteer Info Sessions, Renfrew Museum & Park

Thursday February 24, 2022 * 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM
Renfrew is seeking volunteers! 
As we approach our 47th Opening Day, we’re looking for friendly, community-minded people to help us provide great experiences to our visitors during the upcoming season.
Volunteers  at Renfrew Museum and Park assist professional staff with a wide variety of tasks including our popular programs and events, gardening and grounds keeping, tours, interpretation, artifact collections and exhibits, guest engagement, outreach, and so much more!
If you’re interested in learning how you can help us advance Renfrew’s mission, please plan to attend one of our mandatory informational meetings.
The meetings will be held in the Wagon Shed Room located at the Visitors Center with simultaneous livestream online via Zoom.
A recording will be distributed to all registrants so, even if you can’t join us live, you’ll still be well-informed.
This 90-minute session will be led by Renfrew’s administrative staff.
Join our dedicated team of volunteers and help Renfrew fulfill its vision “to be a welcoming and memorable destination where everyone can walk back in time.”
To learn more or to register, Click Here