Garden Club of Oakmont

The Garden Club of Oakmont grows more than flowers. It nourishes friendships, plants new ideas and cultivates a love for gardening.

Our members continually learn about a variety of topics such as garden aesthetics,  environmental responsibility, native plant cultivation, flower arranging, horticultural therapy, organic and sustainable farming, and container gardening, just to name a few.

The Garden Club of Oakmont is also very active in sprouting and sustaining neighborhood and civic enrichment projects that help make Oakmont a flourishing community.

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Thank you to all who helped with our Dark Hollow Woods clean up and weed removal last Saturday. We had help from Garden Club members and spouses, many dog walkers and Cub Scout Pack 128 from Oakmont as well as Borough tree commissioner Jon Derher.  A very big thank you also goes out to Megan and Dawn who have worked diligently to coordinate with the borough, the tree commissioner and arborist and forester Steve Horhut to study the woods in preparation for our work in the woods. We are all very optimistic about the future of Dark Hollow Woods. We had more participants than can be named here.

Dark Hollow Woods Clean - Up 2014

The entrance to Dark Hollow Woods looks beautiful! We filled  3 loads of weeds and debris into the Borough truck which was loaned to us for this cleanup. Special thanks to Lisa Jensen, Borough Manager, for arranging use of the truck and to Mac, who was on-call to make dump runs for us. 

We were able to clear a section of Japanese Knotweed from a steep slope near the Fairways. Japanese Knotweed is very difficult to eradicate and further work will be needed to keep this section clear, but we made a huge step, toward that goal. We also were able to clear wild rose and a huge swath of grapevine that had covered some trees and shrubs at the top of the park just behind the bulletin board. The center piece of the parking area was transformed! Diligent pruning by Sherry Erhlich and fresh mulching by numerous volunteers presents a beautiful welcome to the park.

 A special thanks to all the dog walkers who came out to help clear the trails of fallen trees and repair the water diverters on the trail down to the creek. 

In addition to providing refreshments for all, Dawn Whyte was instrumental in helping to plan and organize the clean-up. With garden gloves on, she also tackled the grapevine removal. 

The final clean-up was completed by Jon Dreher, tree commissioner. Jon used his leaf blower to clear all the trails and reduce chance of ticks on dogs and trail walkers.

We now have Dark Hollow Woods, Oakmont's secret gem, all spruced up and ready to be an additional stop before or after our very special 2014 Garden Tour, celebrating Oakmont's 125th Anniversary. It will be on Sunday, June 29th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 So, once again, thank you to all for your help in keeping our parks beautiful.

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PO Box 404 Oakmont, Pennsylvania 15139