Weather and ground conditions permitting, the Tuesday Gardeners meet from April into November. Start time is 9AM with a 30 minute break at 10:30 for snacks & coffee, camaraderie, and business. Work resumes after the break until noon. In the hot weather, we start at 8:30 and work for 2 hours, have our social break and then go home. Tasks vary from season to season and week to week. We weed, plant, prune, mulch, water, etc. Some people opt to deadhead roses. While the city provides bigger equipment like shovels, pitchforks, and wheelbarrows, it’s a good idea to bring your own gloves, pruners, weeders, drinking water, etc. We are a friendly group welcoming to novice and experienced gardeners. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Emily Standish and ask to be added to the weekly email. Her contact information is below. Hope to see you soon!
Historically we have put on two yearly plant sales; the spring sale in mid-April, and the Art Fair sale in mid-July. The philosophy behind each of our plant sales is to provide well-grown, unusual plants in support of local growers at reasonable prices. AND it’s a fundraiser – to raise the level of care in our iconic parks.
It requires a number of different talents and expertise to manage a public park. Over the years, architects, landscape architects, geologists, engineers, garden designers, botanists, carpenters, historians, horticulturalists, masons and other skilled professionals have contributed to projects at Bush’s Pasture Park and other City parks.
These talented volunteers designed and built the Victorian style gazebo in the rose garden, identified unknown trees and shrubs, replaced the wooden lids on the cold, frame, built the new trellises flanking the conservatory door, helped prune the Lord & Schryver Flowering Trees, wrote the restoration plan for the Bush Barn Foundation Plantings, and much more.
If you are interested in gardening in Bush’s Pasture Park or Pringle Park, supporting our plant sales, or perhaps using other talents in support of our mission, please contact Emily Standish by email, [email protected], or phone (713) 459-2352.