July2017 Archive:

Preserving Pittsburgh’s past with an Iron Garden
Doug Oster

A young rabbit emerges from tall grass in front of Anna Johnson as she walks through the Iron Garden at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site in Rankin. The bunny freezes for a second, then calmly hops across a path to the other side — finding refuge in patchy grass.   Johnson is exploring

Teaching takes root at Sarah Heinz House
Doug Oster

Storm clouds break up and drift away on a humid summer day. Bonnie Banze is followed by a group of excited children through the gate of a pale green picket fence into the Learning Garden in front of Sarah Heinz House on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The children pick from the garden then begin tasting the

See Doug at Laurel Highlands Senior Lifestyle Show Thursday 12 and 1pm
Doug Oster

I’ll be at the Laurel Highlands Senior Lifestyle Show at the Donegal Community Center from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. I’ll be answering garden questions, giving away lots of free seeds and also speaking at 12 noon and 1 p.m. At noon it’s “Doug’s 10 Best Garden Tips in 15 minutes or Less.” At 1

A garden for pollinators
Doug Oster

A host of tiny orange bugs ramble through the pink globular flowers of milkweed plants in front of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. They are aptly named milkweed bugs and are one of the species Frank Pizzi is glad to see populating the pollinator garden that welcomes visitors.     The curator of horticulture

Broken garden statue turned in to art

Art v. Trash
Lois Brenner

Hi Doug, I recently saw your spot about your broken statuary so I wanted to show you mine. Poor woman lost her head and hands but I still think she looks pretty neat. Thanks, Lois Brenner

A garden for healing
Doug Oster

From the window of Lynn Stewart’s cancer treatment room, she’s watched as the 8,000-square-foot hillside outside has been transformed into a spectacular garden of native trees and perennials. She’s been battling ovarian cancer since 2014, periodically being treated here. “Now we have something lovely to look at,” she says. “It’s just pleasing.” The garden runs

Free Herb Talk with Doug Saturday, 11am at Whole Foods Wexford.
Doug Oster

I’ll be at Whole Foods on Saturday July 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. presenting “Planting Herbs now to Extend your Harvest.” It’s kicking off festivities for the Wexford Garden and Pond Tour which is the following Saturday. The Secret Gardens and Ponds in the Wexford area will be available for a self – guided tour