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Phipps Conservatory switches to electric mowers


In September, the crew that cuts 1.3 acres of lawn around Phipps Conservatory switched to four electric mowers with rechargeable batteries.

Friday, Nov 9

What's wrong with my houseplants?

First, do some homework to discover each plant’s preferred light, moisture level, soil, drainage, temperature, humidity and nutrients.

Friday, Oct 26


Her great garden -- not the steel rooster -- is something to crow about


Anne and John Gentry’s garden in Upper St. Clair was chosen as the co-winner of the large garden category of the Great Gardens Contest.

Friday, Oct 19


Pollinators need a 'messy' winter garden


By planting a variety of native flowers and leaving them alone until April, gardeners add to the diversity and abundance of pollinators.

Fun & camaraderie grow in this couple's garden in Moon


Ed and Beth Page’s garden of whimsy and chutzpah was named co-winner of the large garden category in the 2018 Great Gardens Contest.

Friday, Oct 12


Fall flowers: At 125, Phipps still looks fresh


“Phipps’ Fall Flower Show: 125 Years of Wonder” is a sweet look back at 125 years of history at the Victorian glasshouse in Oakland.

Friday, Oct 5


83-year-old O'Hara woman's 4th garden may be her best

Sally Foster, in her eighth decade, is working in her fourth garden. She is the winner of the Great Gardens Contest, small garden category.

Colorful garden is all about the birds & bees

Dar Thomas of Whitehall was chosen as a runner-up in the Great Gardens Contest, small garden category (2,000 square feet or less).

Friday, Sep 28

Cranberry garden weds hard work, know-how -- and a few surprises


Linda Johnson, a runner-up in the Great Gardens Contest, large category, was born in England but her green thumb comes from hard work.

Native sedges have the edge over ornamental grasses


Sedges are grass-like plants that are drought-tolerant, deer-resistant and easy to grow.

Thursday, Sep 13


You'll need a crane for these 'monsters': Giant pumpkins to plop down on North Shore for fall fest


The Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival will offer chances to carve, drop, eat and even paddle them along the North Shore on Oct. 20-21.

Friday, Sep 7


His Crafton Heights garden is an experiment -- and an inspiration

The garden of Robert Couture is a riot of color and enthusiasm, bending to the whims of nature.

Friday, Aug 31

Make tomatoes last by preserving


To make this delectable fruit last long after the growing season is over, it can be dried, canned and frozen.

Friday, Aug 17

What makes Charleston's gardens so great?


The man who shaped Charleston garden style is Loutrel Briggs, a New York landscape architect who pioneered the idea of outdoor rooms.

Saturday, Aug 11


Great Gardens Contest finalists chosen


Seven gardens have been chosen as finalists in the 2018 Great Gardens Contest. Winners will be featured in September.

Bees, herbs and annuals: The stars of field day in county parks


The 11th annual Garden in the Parks field day on Aug. 18 will feature talks and tours of demonstration gardens in North and South parks.

Friday, Aug 3


Powdermill hosts Pollinator Festival

The festival, which is free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 11 on the grounds of Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Friday, Jul 27


Look out for jumping earthworms!


Scratch the upper surface of your soil. If you uncover many worms writhing and twisting like snakes, you probably have jumping earthworms.

Show us your garden


The online entry deadline for the 2018 Great Gardens Contest is Aug. 3. Maybe your garden will be the front of the PG Home & Garden section.

Medellin celebrates its floral history at the Feria de la Flores in August


The 10-day Feria de la Flores features concerts, art and flower exhibits, a classic car parade and the unique culture of Medellin.

Tuesday, Jul 24


Garden Walk Buffalo is a trip worth taking


Even if you’re not a gardener, you will find inspiration at Garden Walk Buffalo, when 362 gardens are open for free tours on July 28-29.

Friday, Jul 20


Rose of Sharon colors midsummer


Rose of Sharon, also known as hardy hibiscus, is a midsummer bloomer that is both undemanding and a showstopper.

Friday, Jul 13

How great is your garden?


The online entry deadline is Aug. 3 for the Great Gardens Contest sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Morning Glory Inn's garden gives tour-goers a Southern welcome


On July 22, the Morning Glory Inn and its courtyard garden will be one of eight stops on the fifth annual South Side Garden Tour.

Friday, Jul 6

Wexford Garden & Pond Tour set

The Wexford Garden and Pond Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 will feature eight stops with fish, chickens and other creatures.

Friday, Jun 29

Neighbors share their gardens' beauty, bounty in Mt. Lebanon


Two neighbors’ gardens are among six that will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 8 for the 28th annual Mt. Lebanon Public Library Garden Tour.

Friday, Jun 22

Summer-blooming allium, hops chosen as top plants


‘Millenium’ allium, which has rose-purple flower scapes in late summer, is the 2018 Perennial of the Year. Hops is the Herb of the Year.

Couple's labor of love is featured on Shaler garden tour


Charles and Pat Shuker have worked since 1969 on their garden, one of five that will be featured on the Shaler Great Gardens Tour.


Busy weekend for tour-goers


If you like to visit other people’s homes and gardens, this is your weekend, with three house tours and two garden tours.

Friday, Jun 15


Shaler Great Gardens Tour set for June 24


Ponds, boulders and a Zen outdoor room are some of the features of the 11th annual Shaler Great Gardens Tour from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24.