Gardening


 Bruce Goodman and Matthew Burns, both 7, spread mulch on a trail at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale as part of a service project for their Cub Scout Pack 225.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opens Wednesday for year-round enjoyment

The 460-acre garden in Oakdale opens April 1 with lots of outdoor family activities on the schedule.

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Activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Busy schedule of outdoor activities planned at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

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 One of the best products in the ongoing battle of deer versus plant life, Messina Wildlife’s Plotsaver repels by scent.

Strategies to overcome hungry deer and other critters

It's almost garden time, which means you'll be battling insects, diseases and animals. Here are some ways to fight back.

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 An orchid display at the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania's 2015 orchid show at the Phipps Garden Center in Shadyside.

Orchid show brightens Phipps Garden Center

The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania hosts its annual orchid show and celebrates its 60th anniversary this weekend.

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 If the garden is too wet to plant peas, they can be started indoors in peat pots. These are 'Oregon Sugar Pod II' peas sprouting in an unheated greenhouse.

Cold weather crops start the season off right

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to plant peas, lettuce and greens.

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Proper pruning tools make the job easier

Before you start pruning trees and shrubs, make sure you have these three cutting tools — pruner, lopper and folding saw.

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 The new Spring Flower Show, “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens greets visitors with a colorful display of umbrellas in the Palm Court.

Blooms spring forth at Phipps flower show opening

Get your spring on with a visit to Phipps Conservatory’s annual flower extravaganza.

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 If planting black-eyed Susans, consider 'Little Henry' and 'Henry Eilers.' They are both resistant to leaf spot diseases.

Gardening Q&A: 6-year fungal problem calls for replacing plants

When fighting fungus on black-eyed Susans, planting more resistant cultivars is a better long-term solution than spraying fungicides.

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Lawn expert to offer tips at Phipps

Expert on natural turf management will speak Tuesday at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

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 Students from Bidwell Training Center put the finishing touches on a small garden they created at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

Bidwell Training Center stages two gardens at home show

Students from Bidwell Training Center’s horticulture class bring trees and other greenery to the Home Show.

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 Dick Till, assistant district manager for Davey Tree Expert Co., prunes a few small branches off a hawthorne tree. The end of winter is an ideal time to prune woody plants.

Late winter can be a good time to prune trees

A Davey tree pruner shows how to do it yourself and when to call in a professional.

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 Lettuce seedlings have sprouted at Soergel Orchardsin Franklin Park in the greenhouse.

Starting seeds indoors is fun and easy

Starting vegetable and flower seeds gives gardeners many more growing options than the seedlings for sale at garden centers.

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 A worker at Goold Orchards prunes apple trees in Schodack, N.Y., on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Gardening: Pruning can benefit plants and their settings

Take the time to prune carefully and at the right time and your plants will reward you with beautiful foliage and shape.

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Garden & Landscape Symposium slated for April 18

The daylong series of lectures is sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners, the Penn State Center of Pittsburgh and Shady Side Academy.

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