For English gardeners, the Chelsea Flower Show every May is the Super Bowl. To help celebrate its 100th anniversary, Atlas Travel Service in the Downtown Macy's is offering a special eight-day tour of the show and stately homes and gardens in and around London.
Travelers will leave May 19 and stay four nights at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel in Kensingon. After two days of sightseeing in London, Phyllis Katz will lead visits to Hatfield House, Chenies Manor and Tudor Manor House on May 22. A special guided tour of the Chelsea Flower Show will take all of May 23.
Trips to Chartwell, the Churchill family home, and Nymans are also scheduled. The tour will end in Maidstone, where the group will spend three nights at the De Vere Village Hotel.
Tours on May 25-26 include Pashley Manor, Great Dixter, Sissinghurst Castle and Finchcocks for a flower and music festival.
Total cost is $3,980 per person, double occupancy. Information: 412-261-0248.
Butler County Home Show
The Butler County Home Show will be held next weekend at the Family Sports Center, Route 68. There will be more than 100 exhibitors, demonstrations and appearances by Post-Gazette garden columnist Doug Oster and Ann Herschl Cirillo of Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital. Mr. Oster will speak on organic gardening next Sunday and Ms. Cirillo will conduct "Ask the Vet" sessions throughout the weekend.
Admission on Friday is free. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under. Information: www.ButlerCountyHomeShow.com.
South Hills Home Show
Today and Sunday, the first South Hills Home Show continues at Iceoplex at Southpointe. Hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under. Information: www.SouthHillsHomeShow.com.
Garden lecture series at Trax
The Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County will offer a Backyard Gardening Lecture Series from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. next Saturday at Trax Farm and Market, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville (15332).
Topics include: Plants with Pizzazz; Growing and Preserving Small Fruits; Just Grow Up! Vertical Gardening; and Seed Starting/Lettuce Bowl Workshop.
Lunch is available in the deli and bakery. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be drawn after each presentation.
Cost is $15; make checks payable to Penn State Extension and mail to 400 N. Lexington St., Pittsburgh 15208. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event. Information: 412-473-2540.
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation will offer free workshops and seminars this month on home restoration, do-it-yourself work and other house repair and maintenance topics at the Landmarks Housing Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Ave., Wilkinsburg (15221). All programs run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
• April 13: Building Interior Walls with Stephen Shelton of Shelton Masonry + Contracting.
• April 20: Green and Sustainable Building Materials with Ian Miller of Artemis Environmental.
• April 27: Tile and Grout 101 with Mr. Shelton.
RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: email@example.com or 412-471-5808, ext 527.
Hosta experts to speak
World-renowned hosta experts Mike and Kathy Shadrack will speak from 1 to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Road, McCandless (15237). This talk is free and open to the public and is part of the Daffodil & Hosta Society's meeting.
The couple have been growing hostas since 1986 at Smug Creek Gardens in Buffalo, N.Y. He is co-author with Diana Grenfell and photographer of the 2004 book "The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas" and the 2007 Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas. Mrs. Shadrack's "The Book of Little Hostas" was published in 2010.
The society will hold its annual hosta show June 1 at Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road.
Botanic garden plant sale
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is taking orders through April 15 for its annual Mother's Day Plant Sale. For the first time, pickup and the annual sale will be held on the grounds of the garden at 798 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale (15071).
The sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 and feature a selection of plants along with site tours, special classes for adults and activities for children. The plants are chosen by a committee of professional designers, horticulturalists and master gardeners and represent plants grown in their own gardens as well as those of their clients, keeping in mind our region's soil and climate. Often the varieties offered are new, unusual or rare.
The sale consists of two components: plants that can be ordered via catalog, and ones that can be purchased on site the day of the sale. Organic vegetables and herbs and garden art will also be available. Call 412-444-4464 or go to www.PittsburghBotanicGarden.org to order plants from the catalog or for more information.