After a very quiet year, Goodell Gardens & Homestead is preparing for a return of public visitation and programs in 2021. The public garden located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania has been preparing for increased educational offerings, which begin on their opening day, Saturday, May 1.
The Gardens will be open for self-guided tours from 11 am to 5 pm Wednesdays through Sundays beginning May 1.
Guided tours of the Gardens will be offered each Saturday and Sunday in May at 1 pm. Admission to the Gardens and the Guided tours are free of charge.
Tours – named Along the Garden Path – will be led by Goodell Gardens' new Education Coordinator Andrew Sipple.
“The garden is constantly changing throughout the seasons," he said. "We offer an informal guided garden tour every week for members and other visitors of varying ages. Bring your curiosity and questions with you to learn more about many facets of horticulture. We will walk along the garden path at a relaxing pace and tea will be provided for all participants.”
Opening weekend will also feature the program Identifying Flowering Plants with Ease on Sunday, May 2 from 2 to 3 pm and Monday, May 3 at 7 pm. The class is offered with a suggested donation of $5 per person (free for members of Goodell Gardens, and registration is required. Register online at https://goodellgardens.org/newleaf/.
Children programs for kids in grades K-12
Programs will also be offered for children and teens in grades K-12 every other week throughout the summer. The program is free for members and $5 for nonmembers of Goodell Gardens. Registration is required for all the programs. Click on the links below for more information and to register.
•Garden Seedlings: Children in grades K-2, with an adult. 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. every other weekend from May 2 – July 25. Each session will feature a different lesson based on the theme of energy.
•Garden Saplings: Children in grades 3-5, with an adult. 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. every other weekend May 9 – July 18. Each session will explore the wonders of the garden using our senses to help us get in touch with nature.
•Garden Trees: Children in grades 6-8. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every other Sunday from May 2 to July 26. Students will learn how life works on our planet.
•Budding Naturalists: Teens in grades 9-12. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every other weekend from May 9 to July 18. Students will explore environmental issues and engage in backyard projects that benefit the environment and the community.
For more information about Goodell Gardens & Homestead and their 2021 program of events, visit www.goodellgardens.org.