Bill Paxton holds a dried bunch of wild grapes during a search for wildflowers in April 2012.

Phipps Garden Center showcased botanic art

Naturalist Bill Paxton depicts not just the anatomy but a little bit of the soul of plants in exhibition at Phipps Garden Center in

about 6 hours ago

Gardening Q&A: Poplar weevils merely a nuisance

Holes in sweetbay magnolia leaves are probably the work of yellow poplar weevils. The good news is that the damage is mostly cosmetic.

about 6 hours ago

 Holly Giovengo checks the size of the zucchinis at the Millvale Garden. Ms. Giovengo is part of the Browne Leadership Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Growing communities through shared gardens

Community gardens like the one in Millvale offer disadvantaged communities a chance to return to their neighborly roots.

5 days ago

 Adult emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer: Small pest, big potential problems

Part of the problem is that some people don't know their trees are dying.

6 days ago

 Looking through the family room window to the backyard garden at the Stepts' house in Point Breeze.

Gathering moss gives couple a fresh take on front lawn

When grass won‘‍t grow beneath a big tree, Point Breeze couple turned to a moss lawn. It made them winners of the Great Garden Contest.

1 week ago

 'The President' clematis is a colorful vine that needs a trellis or other support if it is to be used for facade greening.

Facade greening can moderate home's temperature

Facade greening is the new term for growing vines against the house, with or without a trellis.

1 week ago

 Chuck Morrison of Union Township (near New Castle) sits in his garden with his cat Bastet, named for the Egyptian goddess of the happy winds.

The garden opens a new chapter for a former teacher

Former teacher goes over the lessons he‘‍s learned in his garden near New Castle.

1 week ago

 The pond and waterfall in the backyard garden of Stacey and Andy Rhodes of Mt. Lebanon.

Mt. Lebanon couple treasure a garden built around pond, waterfall that came from Phipps

The three-pool pond and garden behind the Rhodes‘‍ home is one of seven featured on Sunday’‍s Mt. Lebanon Library Garden Tour.

2 weeks ago

 Daylily pollen from 'Humbled Before You' is placed on the pistil of 'Jurassic Fiesta,' the "mother" plant.

You can create your own daylily variety

Expert offers tips on creating a new daylily variety by cross-polinating by hand.

2 weeks ago

Gardening Q&A: Battling red thread disease in a lawn

Fight red thread disease in lawns by mowing often with a sharp blade, getting more sun on the grass and adjusting grass species.

2 weeks ago

 A breeder in Florida developed 'Blue Eyed Angel' daylily. Blue is a rare color in daylilies

Daylilies: the fireworks in your garden

The 45th Daylily Show today at Trax Farms in Finleyville shows off some garden fireworks that just might win you a prize next year.

2 weeks ago

 The ox-eye daisy's white head can be an inch or two across.

The hazy, daisy days of summer

The ox-eye daisy is blooming everywhere this summer, whether you love it or not.

2 weeks ago

Garden Notes: Daylily Show coming to Trax Farms; Mt. Lebanon garden tour

Pittsburgh‘‍s Daylily Show at Trax Farms celebrates its 45th year on July 12.

3 weeks ago

 A zebra swallowtail rests on a salvia plant, whcihc can grow to 6 feet tall. This plant is ideal for the back of the sunny border and is deer-resistant.

Gardening: Taller plants create drama in garden

To add visual excitement to a garden, plants of various heights should always be part of the mix.

3 weeks ago

  'Supersweet 100' tomatoes are ready to pick at Quality Gardens in Adams, Butler County.

Summer can be the perfect time to add vegetables to garden

It‘‍s not too late to start your summer garden, and there are still plenty of veggies to plant at Pittsburgh-area nurseries.

3 weeks ago

 Yarn dyed using onions and marigolds.

Another reason to grow plants: a chance to make fabrics more colorful

In her book, gardener, blogger and author Chris McLaughlin shows common garden plants can be used in the dye pot with great results.

3 weeks ago

Second cucumber crop

Now is the time to plant cucumber seeds for a second crop in later summer.

3 weeks ago

Garden Q&A: Factors besides weather could have affected irises

This winter‘‍s polar vortex might not be the reason irises aren’‍t blooming. Check depth of planting and other plants in the bed.

4 weeks ago

 Dorothy Rescher is surrounded by astilbe, hydrangia, and vinca in the front garden of her Swissvale home.

English garden fits home, couple like a glove

An 8-year-old Swissvale home has a garden that reflects centuries of British tradition. It’‍s one of 11 on the Regent Square Garden Tour.

4 weeks ago

Master Gardeners to host open house

An annual open house is planned for July 19 at Westmoreland County demonstration gardens;

4 weeks ago

 Wavy bowl series by Hans Godo Frabel

Nature-themed art exhibit brings Phipps offices and classrooms to life.

The BETA Project at Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes makes the connection among art, nature and all of our senses.

4 weeks ago


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