Home and garden news: 5/31/14

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PG Backyard Gardener plant swap

PG garden columnist Doug Oster will hold the 12th annual Post-Gazette Backyard Gardener plant swap and giveaway from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. The event has a new location this year in North Park. It will be held in the swimming pool parking lot near the intersection of Hemlock and South Ridge drives.

If swapping, please have all plants labeled and don't bring anything invasive. Mr. Oster will be giving away 'Limbaugh Legacy Potato Top' tomato plants, one per family, while they last. Gardeners are asked to grow them, save the seeds and send them back at the end of the season to keep the project going.

Mr. Oster will also give away other plants courtesy of Mindy Schwartz of Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery in Wilkinsburg. The supply of plants is limited. Information: www.post-gazette.com/gardeningwithdoug.

Brighton Heights tour

The 10th annual Brighton Heights House Tour is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. June 8. At the nine stops on the tour, participants will enjoy chocolate treats, get to meet local artists and learn some history on the house and this North Side neighborhood.

Tickets are $10 if purchased by Friday  at www.brightonheights.org or $15 on tour day at the starting point, Legion Park on Brighton Road near Davis Avenue (15212). Information or advance tickets: 412-734-0233 or brightonheights@yahoo.com.

Chicken coop tours

Chicks-In-The-Hood, the fourth annual tour of urban chicken coops, will be held June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The coops are in Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Homewood, Highland Park and the North Side. Urban chicken farmers will be available to discuss the dos and don’ts of keeping and raising chickens.

The event is open to adults and children. Tickets are $10 each and children 12 and under are free. Each ticket comes with a tour booklet, a map with directions to each participating coop and an official Chicks-In-The-Hood collectible pin. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Animal Rescue League.

Advance tickets are available at Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery, 806 Holland Ave., Wilkinsburg (15221) and Choderwood, 7665 Lock Way West, Highland Park (15206), at the intersection of Washington and Allegheny River boulevards. On tour day, tickets can be purchased at both locations and at Commonplace Voluto, 5467 Penn Ave., Friendship; Tazza D’Oro, 1125 N. Highland Ave., Highland Park; Animal Nature, 7610 Forbes Ave., Regent Square; and Thompson 0.08 Acres, 1240 Resaca Place, North Side. A guided East End bike tour will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Animal Nature in Regent Square.

Chicken lovers will also want to mark their calendars for Sewick’s Chicks, a tour of 12 Sewickley Valley coops, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31. Information: www.theitaliangardenproject.com.

Old Economy lecture

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Alice Ott will give a free lecture on George Rapp’s religious beliefs in the Visitor Center of Old Economy Village, 270 16th St., Ambridge.

Ms. Ott, an affiliate professor of the history of global Christianity at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill., has studied the Harmony Society founder’s writings and sermons and written a book, “The Sunwoman in the Wilderness: The Religious Beliefs and Practices of George Rapp’s Harmony Society” (Emeth Press, $48.93). She will sign copies of the book after the lecture. Information: 724-266-4500 or www.oldeconomyvillage.org.


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