Rodney Tucker, a resident at the Allegheny YMCA on the North Side, picks tomatoes at The Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the grounds of the YMCA.

YMCA garden feeds bodies and souls

The YMCA’s Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the North Side is in its fourth season and thriving, thanks to tender loving care.

5 days ago

Home & Garden notes: Master gardeners to share advice

Garden Forum on Sunday features advice from master gardeners; “This Old House” TV crew is coming to Pittsburgh to help.

5 days ago

 A basil plant infected with downy mildew.

Garden Q&A: Sweet basil susceptible to basil downy mildew

Basil downy mildew is a fairly recent arrival in the United States, is likely culprit for yellow spots, especially on sweet basil varieties.

5 days ago

 Saverio Strati of Hazelwood recently checks on the first crop of figs at a community garden near his home.

While growing figs is hard, for those who do the harvest is that much sweeter

After a tough winter, first figs are Italian immigrants’ reward for hard work and preserving Old World garden traditions.

1 week ago

 Queen Anne's Lace, showing its lacey white flower with one small red blossom at center, sits along a highway near Cheat Lake, W.Va. The flower grows in the 48 contiguous states and in most of Canada.

The good and bad of chicory and Queen Anne's Lace

Chicory and Queen Anne’s Lace are beautiful companions by the roadside, but these wildflowers also have many other good qualities.

1 week ago

 Tim Prodanovich, a resident at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side, shows off some of the sunflowers he grows in a garden next to the shelter.

Growing vegetables and changing lives

More than vegetables and herbs grow in Light of Life Rescue Mission’s garden.

1 week ago

 Lythrum dominating wetlands by the Allegheny River.

Gardening: Pitch the Lythrum and plant something better

If you love waterways and native cattails, sedges and bulrushes, you’ll get rid of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and its cultivars.

1 week ago

 A water lily in George Griffith's pond in Ligonier is named after Elsie, one of his friends.

Gardener inspired by the loveliness of a lily

Water lily cultivator who has created beautiful hybrids for 60 years will open his home for a fundraiser.

2 weeks ago

 Street view of  Eric D'Ambrogi's home in Edgewood. His  garden won the small garden category of the Great Gardens Contest.

2014 Great Garden Contest Small Garden Winner: Edgewood garden created on a shoestring

Retired teacher constructs winning garden and hardscape without spending big.

2 weeks ago

Gardening Q&A: Hold off on impatiens for a while

Impatiens lovers: You can’t wait out downy mildew. Time to try other shade-loving annuals and perennials.

2 weeks ago

Rats at home in Louvre garden

Summer’s a busy time around the Louvre, for rats as well as tourists.

2 weeks ago

 Sustainable planting of poppies, snow-on-the-mountain, Rudbeckia, hyssop and grasses at the North Park demonstration garden.

Garlic and basil and ice cream? Oh my!

Garden in the Parks offers a look at Allegheny County demonstration gardens and a taste of garlic, basil, tomatoes and ice cream.

3 weeks ago

 Members of the Stoop N' Bend Club in Carolyn Collier's Penn Hills garden before a recent monthly meeting. From left are  Harriet Thomas, Eunice Hod-Carl, Carolyn Collier, Ruth Still and Agnes Curry

Stoop N' Bend Garden Club approaches its 75th Year

The first African-American female gardening club in town celebrates nearly 75 years of bringing together women to garden and socialize.

3 weeks ago


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