Home & Garden notes: Designers to tackle odd spaces

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"Designing for Awkward Spaces" is the title of a free workshop set for 10 a.m. today at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 744 Rebecca Ave., Wilkinsburg (15221).

Designer Larry Scott of IKEA Pittsburgh will discuss modular products that can be used to turn an awkward space into a place for storage, crafting or entertainment. He suggests bringing a laptop computer and the measurements of your awkward space. Afterward, IKEA experts will answer questions and offer advice. The 11/2-hour program is sponsored by IKEA and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.

Free garden talk

Tired of the cold weather? Can't wait to get your hands dirty again in the garden? The Allegheny County Parks Department will hold a free program, "Let's Talk About Gardening," at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Buffalo Inn in South Park. No registration is required.

There will be door prizes, ,including free seeds and tools. Penn State master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Bring something to drink and a tablet to take notes.

Philly Flower Show trip

Atlas Travel Service is offering a visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show March 5-6.

The bus will leave Pittsburgh the morning of March 5 and include a tour that afternoon of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lodging at the Holiday Inn Express-Midtown is included and an evening visit to the flower show is optional.

After breakfast at the hotel the morning of March 6, there will be a special guided tour of the show from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. before it opens to the public. The bus leaves for Pittsburgh at 4 p.m.

Cost is $369 double occupancy, $85 more for a single. A $100 nonrefundable deposit is due by Jan. 24.

Information: 412-261-0248.

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