Home & Garden Notes: Time to enter PG contests for gardening, creative reuse

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This is the time when many gardens look their best: Annuals are lush, perennials are starting or finishing their blooms and the dog days of summer haven't wilted lawns and other greenery. Time to get out your camera and enter the PG Great Gardens Contest.

Aug. 12 is the summer entry deadline for the 11th annual Great Gardens Contest sponsored by the Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. 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 http://biz.post-gazette.com/gardencontest/.

Reuse Inspiration Contest

The third annual Reuse Inspiration Contest is seeking examples of creative reuse of recycled or surplus building materials in home renovation or art projects.

Three winners will be chosen in each of the two categories by judges from the Post-Gazette and Construction Junction. Six winners will receive tickets to the Big Pour beer festival Sept. 7 at Construction Junction. Photos of the winners' handiwork will appear in that day's Post-Gazette and online at post-gazette.com and at constructionjunction.org. Some also will be displayed at the sold-out event, a fundraiser for Construction Junction, a nonprofit retailer in Point Breeze.

Enter online only at http://biz.post-gazette.com/RenovationContest/default.aspx. Entry deadline is Sept. 3. Last year's winners are not eligible.

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