Members Program – 2021

Every year our members are treated to an educational combination of gardening, design or environmental speakers and field trips.

Guests are welcome at these meetings if they first contact a current member or the membership chairman: mwelsh1510@gmail.com

To celebrate our 100 years as a club, we have a full year of exciting programming ahead and fun times for looking back for our 2021 members. Follow our Blog or Facebook page to get updates and see more!

NOTE: These are the programs planned for the year.  Please be advised that the activities/times may change depending on the Covid 19 pandemic situation.  Members will be notified through the newsletter or email if and when changes occur.  

ProgramDateDescription
Zoom: We Celebrate our 100 Anniversary Year!March 10The President and Officers provide an overview for 2021, our 100th Anniversary Year of celebration with a synopsis about our speakers, field trips, upcoming anniversary highlights and activities.
Zoom: We Celebrate the World We Inhabit!April 14, 11A-1:30PM1930s Focus-Decade Summary: Have drink of choice to salute the 30s
SPEAKER: Chris Kubiak (Director of Education, Audubon Society of Western PA)
TOPIC: Climate Change and Plant Specific Impacts in Western PA

This informative program discusses the causes and impacts of anthropomorphic climate change on our local biome, with a focus on shifting growing zones in Western PA, disease pressures on plants, and issues with pollination timing and other plant specific impacts.
Fieldtrip: We Celebrate the Beauty of Nature!May 12, 11A-2P1940s Focus-Decade Summary: Pack a brown bag lunch with a food from the 40s
FIELD TRIP: Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens (Carpooling details closer to the date.)

Enjoy a day out with fellow gardening friends on a field trip to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. A Botanic garden representative provides the attendees with a brief presentation upon arrival. A free tour of the garden follows. Wear your walking shoes, bring a hiking stick, and pack a light lunch with a food item from the 40’s!
Zoom Presentation/Meeting: We Celebrate our Gardens!June 9, 11A-1P1950s Focus: Decade Summary: Dress up in your pedal pushers and bobby socks
SPEAKER: Bill Goff, Master Gardener
TOPIC: The Peony, and the Glories of the June Perennial

Bill Goff will provide a presentation that explores the care of the peony. He also highlights companion plants that go with these glorious flowers.
Celebration Tea: We Celebrate the Moon Township Garden Club!July 14, 11A-2P1960s Focus-Decade Summary: Don your summer bonnets and flowery attire.

Attendees will commemorate the establishment of the Moon Township Garden Club with an afternoon of tea on the Robin Hill Center patio. Festivities include refreshments, an interesting historical display, and many pleasant surprises!
Fieldtrip: We Celebrate Pollinators and the Monarch Butterfly!August 11, 11A-2PM1970s Focus-Decade Summary: Dress down in tie dye, love beads, and blue jeans
FIELD TRIP: Sahli Nature Park
SPEAKER: Pam Varga

Let’s carpool to Sahli Nature Park-60 beautiful acres reclaimed from an old, abandoned farmhouse. After our business meeting, we will stroll along a mostly level trail leading to the Butterfly Nursery Greenhouse. There, a very knowledgeable naturalist, Pam Varga, will entertain us with just about all there is to know about Monarchs and the other species of butterflies they have begun raising and releasing. We may be able to personally release some Monarch butterflies. She might even have time to teach us about mason bees and cutter leaf bees. Bring your camera, a packed lunch, and your curiosity.
Presentation/Meeting: We Celebrate the Elegance of Flowers.September 8, 11A-1P1980s Focus-Decade Summary: Remember Moon’s Bicentennial with Red, White, Blue
SPEAKER:Marie Mueller
TOPIC: Flowers! Flowers! Flowers! 

Have you ever wished to create that stunning centerpiece but didn’t know where to begin? Or perhaps you just need a refresher course on floral design.  Marie Mueller provides creative tips on artistic design basics including mechanics, type of containers, and differences between traditional design and creative design.  She comes highly recommended by the Ingomar Garden Club having provided them ‘renewed inspiration and confidence’ for their Flower Show.  Who knows, we may be mnotivated to have a flower show once again!  This is one program you don’t want to miss.  
TBDOctober 13, 11A-1P1990s Focus-Decade Summary: Dress in MTGC 75th birthday attire
Presentation/Meeting: We Celebrate the Beauty of the Exotic!November 10, 11A-1PM2000s Focus-Decade Summary: Come as you wish
SPEAKER: Timothy Choltco (Harbinger Orchids)
TOPIC: Sex, Lies and Orchids

Be ready to smile and chuckle while you learn about orchids.  Timothy Choltco presents a tongue-in-cheek presentation that explains some of the amazing pollination mechanisms and how orchids deceive insects into pollinating them.  
MTGC Member Holiday LuncheonDecember 8, Time TBAWe celebrate Our Year Together. 100th Anniversary Year Memories: Dress in your Holiday Finery