Gardening Notes: Manchester tour, garden contest on agenda

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The Manchester House + Garden Tour will feature 14 stops, including 10 restored homes, gardens or works in progress plus four history sites in the North Side neighborhood. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 and tickets, $15, will be available until 4 p.m. that day in front of Pittsburgh Conroy School, 1398 Page St.

PGH Taco Truck will be parked near the tour's beginning, and samples will be provided by Ann Gilligan's Sorbet and La Prima Coffee Roasters. Also, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society will have animals available for adoption. Green Gears Pedicabs and Lenzner Coach Lines will offer free rides, thanks to sponsorships by Erie Insurance and Rivers Casino respectively. Proceeds benefit the Manchester Historic Society. Information:

PG Great Gardens Contest

How are your summer flowers? By now, the annuals in your flower beds, containers and window boxes should be going strong. Can we see?

Aug. 12 is the entry deadline for the second round of the 11th annual Great Gardens Contest sponsored by the Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. (Yes, it says Aug. 5 in the official rules, but we figured you could use an extra week.) There are three size categories:

• Small -- gardens of 2,000 square feet or less

• Medium -- between 2,000 square feet and a quarter acre

• Large -- gardens larger than a quarter acre

Winners receive a one-year membership to the Botanic Garden of Western Pennsylvania, two tickets to next year's Botanic Garden annual tour and, of course, the bragging rights that come with seeing your garden featured in the Post-Gazette.

Entry deadline for the final round, for fall/year-round gardens, is Sept. 16. To enter, go to



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