Six gardens in Squirrel Hill and Regent Square will be open at 1 p.m. July 14 for the ORT Garden Tour.
The gardens have water features, rare and unique plants and areas that have been artfully adapted to the contours of the land. One garden will soon be listed in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution.
The self-guided tour will start at 6570 Beacon St., where full directions will be given. Tickets are $30 per person and will be available at the door. Advance reservations and car-pooling are encouraged.
ORT is an international organization that sponsors technological and scientific schools and programs in the United States and 50 other countries to prepare 300,000 students annually to become self-sufficient and productive members of their communities.
For information or reservations, contact Barbara Tisherman at email@example.com or 412-683-0207.
Household chemical collections
Collections of household chemicals will be held July 20 at Cranberry Mall in Venango County and July 27 at the Second Avenue Plaza Lot in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Residents can drop off cleaners, automotive fluids, paints, car batteries, pesticides and pool chemicals at the events sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council and its partners. A $2 fee per gallon will be charged, cash only.
Both collections will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cranberry Mall is on Route 322. Information: 1-814-432-9684. The Second Avenue Plaza Lot is under the 10th Street Bridge, east of the Allegheny County Jail. Information: 412-488-7452.
For a complete list of what will be collected, go to www.zerowastepgh.org.