Expert gardening tips and more at Seed Swap in Vandergrift

A new garden-themed event is coming to Vandergrift.

Gardeners are invited to gather for a free community seed exchange from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Vandergrift Public Library.

Seed swaps are events where attendees can bring in vegetable or flower seeds to swap and learn gardening tips from visiting master gardeners.

Anyone interested in gardening is invited to participate.

The hour-long event is hosted by Penn State Master Gardeners, Armstrong County, Vandergrift Public Library and the Vandergrift Parent Project.

This year, the Seed Exchange has a new location.

Shannon Gourley, co-founder of the Vandergrift Parent Project, said previous seed exchanges took place at the Vandergrift Community and Children’s Garden at Franklin Park in Vandergrift.

“We thought it would be a good place to attract more adult members of our community to volunteer to help out in the garden,” Gourley said.

Gourley said attendees are encouraged to bring their own seeds to redeem.

If they are new to gardening, they can select several seeds to take home.

Attendees can expect to choose from pumpkin, sunflower, corn, tomato, flower seed, bean, pepper and zucchini seeds.

“Pretty much anything people grow in a garden in western Pennsylvania,” Gourley said.

Organizers hope the event will help recruit new adult volunteers.

Gourley said around five volunteers currently tend to the gardens in the summer, but ideally around 20 volunteers are needed.

“Even if you’ve never planted a garden before, it’s a great event to meet a master gardener and learn more, get tips and get some seeds to get started in a garden,” Gourley said.

Gardeners with questions can email Vanessa Groholski of the Vandergrift Library at [email protected]

To register by phone, call 724-568-2212.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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