Gardening


 Saverio Strati of Hazelwood recently checks on the first crop of figs at a community garden near his home.

While growing figs is hard, for those who do the harvest is that much sweeter

After a tough winter, first figs are Italian immigrants’ reward for hard work and preserving Old World garden traditions.

5 days ago


 Queen Anne's Lace, showing its lacey white flower with one small red blossom at center, sits along a highway near Cheat Lake, W.Va. The flower grows in the 48 contiguous states and in most of Canada.

The good and bad of chicory and Queen Anne's Lace

Chicory and Queen Anne’s Lace are beautiful companions by the roadside, but these wildflowers also have many other good qualities.

5 days ago


 Tim Prodanovich, a resident at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side, shows off some of the sunflowers he grows in a garden next to the shelter.

Growing vegetables and changing lives

More than vegetables and herbs grow in Light of Life Rescue Mission’s garden.

5 days ago


 Lythrum dominating wetlands by the Allegheny River.

Gardening: Pitch the Lythrum and plant something better

If you love waterways and native cattails, sedges and bulrushes, you’ll get rid of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and its cultivars.

5 days ago


 A water lily in George Griffith's pond in Ligonier is named after Elsie, one of his friends.

Gardener inspired by the loveliness of a lily

Water lily cultivator who has created beautiful hybrids for 60 years will open his home for a fundraiser.

1 week ago


 Street view of  Eric D'Ambrogi's home in Edgewood. His  garden won the small garden category of the Great Gardens Contest.

2014 Great Garden Contest Small Garden Winner: Edgewood garden created on a shoestring

Retired teacher constructs winning garden and hardscape without spending big.

1 week ago


Gardening Q&A: Hold off on impatiens for a while

Impatiens lovers: You can’t wait out downy mildew. Time to try other shade-loving annuals and perennials.

1 week ago


Rats at home in Louvre garden

Summer’s a busy time around the Louvre, for rats as well as tourists.

1 week ago


 Sustainable planting of poppies, snow-on-the-mountain, Rudbeckia, hyssop and grasses at the North Park demonstration garden.

Garlic and basil and ice cream? Oh my!

Garden in the Parks offers a look at Allegheny County demonstration gardens and a taste of garlic, basil, tomatoes and ice cream.

2 weeks ago


 Members of the Stoop N' Bend Club in Carolyn Collier's Penn Hills garden before a recent monthly meeting. From left are  Harriet Thomas, Eunice Hod-Carl, Carolyn Collier, Ruth Still and Agnes Curry

Stoop N' Bend Garden Club approaches its 75th Year

The first African-American female gardening club in town celebrates nearly 75 years of bringing together women to garden and socialize.

2 weeks ago


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

Phipps Garden Center showcases botanic art

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

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago



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