Home & Garden Notes: Buy plants at May Market, tour Highland Park homes

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland will host the annual May Market on May 9 and 10.

Organic herbs and vegetable seedlings, tropical plants, succulents, perennials and shrubs will be among the things gardeners can purchase. Phipps' staff and Master Gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions. As always, hand-dipped fondant strawberries will be available. In addition, during the market, visitors will receive half off Phipps admission. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. May 9 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10.

On May 2, Phipps will be transformed into an auction house, where plant lovers can bid on trees, shrubs and perennials as well as garden accessories. Reservations are required for this event, which costs $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: 412-441-4442, ext. 3925, or www.phipps.conservatory.org.

Highland Park House Tour on May 10

A dozen houses ranging in style from Victorian to contemporary will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 for the Highland Park House Tour. The self-guided walking tour starts at the rectory of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 5081 Hampton St. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the event at the church. It is a fundraiser for the Highland Park Community Council. Information: www.hpccpgh.org or email housetour@highlandparkpa.com.

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