First Up: “Fall Gardening” with Gale Rosale
By Barb Pert Templeton
When you want to learn something new or interesting it’s nice to hear from someone well versed on the subject which is exactly what the new “Tips from the Top” lecture series in Port Huron will offer in the coming year.
Kayla Wendt, the interim director of collections, exhibits and education at the Port Huron Museum, said the debut program in the series will be “Tips from the Top – Fall Gardening” with lifelong gardener, Gail Rosales.
The program, “Tips from the Top – Fall Gardening Tips,” will be hosted this Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Port Huron Museum’s Carnegie Center. The cost is $5 and pre-registration is preferred by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tips-from-the-top-fall-garden-tips-with-gail-rosales-tickets-1700220816.
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“The new lecture series is to offer various programs from professionals in their fields,” Wendt said. “It’s a chance for people to hear from experts and to let them know it doesn’t have to be an historically related program to be at the museum.
Wendt hopes to introduce a wide variety of topics for the lecture series including perhaps a cooking class and a gardening for all seasons’ series.
“We were going to start the series this summer but it got delayed so this will be the first one and it’s nice because it will let people know we have more things going on here at the museum,” Wendt said.
In literature distributed by the Port Huron Museum about the upcoming lecture Rosales is described as ‘a lifetime gardener, planting her first seed at just 12-years old’. She has a degree in Biology and Chemistry with an emphasis on Botany and Horticulture.
In a phone interview Rosales, of Marysville, said she has certainly been gardening her entire adult life and has long been a fan of the outdoors. She said she plants mostly flower gardens with a few vegetables, too.
“It’s a hobby that kind of crossed into my profession too and I just like to watch things grow,” Rosales said.
For the upcoming talk, Rosales plans to share tips for late fall growing and planting so that gardeners can enjoy the beautiful fall colors at home. She said everything from ornamental kale plants to mums and fall shrubs can produce great results.
She’ll also offer tips for completing garden maintenance and cleanups now that summer’s over along with ideas about what can be planted in the fall versus the spring.
Sharing her expertise with the public is something Rosales has enjoyed over the years but in her retirement, she said lectures only come up on her calendar occasionally now.
For her upcoming appearance she will provide a tip sheet for those who attend sharing most of what she’s talked about at the event. What things should be pruned in the spring and which plants are better pruned in the fall, plus a list of hearty fall shrubs to plant will be included on her list.
And what about those gardeners who seem to have the gift of killing off all plants and flowers that have the misfortune of landing in their home or garden?
Rosales said “there’s probably some basic knowledge that people should have to be able to successful,” but it’s certainly a hobby most anyone can conquer.
The Port Huron Carnegie Museum is located at 1115 6th Street in Port Huron. For more information about the upcoming program or future topics in the lecture series contact the museum at (810)982-0891.