May2018 Archive:

Free ‘Bonfire’ begonia plants and container gardening class with Doug Sunday
Doug Oster

I’ll be giving away ‘Bonfire’ begonia plants in four inch pots this Sunday June 3, 1 p.m. at Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse in McDonald. I’ll also be giving a free container gardening demonstration. I’ve worked a few years to make this happen as I love ‘Bonfire.’ It’s has beautiful orange tubular flowers and a weeping

Learning Garden at Clayton Academy teaches much more than gardening
Doug Oster

Dorian Cole’s face lights up as the 11-year-old pulls a huge radish out of a raised bed in the Learning Garden at Clayton Academy in Pittsburgh’s North Side. He is accompanied by Kylee Arlatta, 15. Both worked with other students, staff and the team from Grow Pittsburgh to install and plant this garden. Cole moved

Renziehausen roses

Pennsylvania’s 2nd largest rose garden almost in full bloom
Friends of EG

If you want to see the second largest rose garden in Pennsylvania in full bloom, mark June 9 on your calendar. The Pittsburgh Rose Society and the Garden Club of McKeesport are hosting their fifth annual “Rose Day at Renzie” from 1 to 4 p.m. June 9. The event at the Renziehausen Park Rose Garden

Raised bed gardens

New Gardener: Finally planting some vegetables in the garden!
Mike Palm

Note: With the guidance of editor Doug Oster, new gardener Mike Palm will be chronicling his adventures (or perhaps misadventures) in starting a garden this year. With the garden fully fenced in, I may have been overly excited and bought some plants to put in right away. I got two tomato plants (Red Beefsteak and

Love of rhododendrons and azaleas creates a lifetime of happiness in the garden
Doug Oster

A cool soft rain begins to fall as L.G. “Spike” Walters proudly gives a tour of his nearly 20-acre woodland garden in Penn Township, outside of Butler, Pennsylvania. It’s one of at least three “rounds” he performs daily to see the rhododendrons as the flowers change. The 85-year-old takes long, powerful steps along the edge

Bioswale project helps reduce storm water and is beautiful
Doug Oster

Protecting Pittsburgh’s rivers is a passion for Megan Zeigler. In fact, she jokingly says, “I look at that puddle, that’s an indicator we need to be doing a project.” The associate project manager for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer authority is all business though when focused on green infrastructure projects like the bioswale in the

EG/Doug Oster Plant Swap and Giveaway 10 a.m. Sunday 5/20/18 Soergels
Doug Oster

The 16th Annual Everybody Gardens/Doug Oster Plant Swap and Giveaway will be held on Sunday May 20, 2018 from 10 until 11 a.m. at Soergel Orchards. It’s a place for gardeners to bring plants and trade with each other. Bring divisions from your garden to swap, be sure plants are labelled and please don’t bring

The last daffodil is a bittersweet sight
Doug Oster

The last fragrant daffodil began to fade today. It’s a sad but, in a way, a wonderful time. By nature, gardens are ever changing, ephemeral, giving way to other plants taking center stage in the landscape. They are old friends and a welcome sight when they appear the same time each year. Nothing can compare

Hosta show

Gardening events: Hosta show, create a garden journal, pollinators & a statewide contest
Friends of EG

The Daffodil & Hosta Society of Western Pennsylvania is hosting its annual hosta show where enthusiasts from all over can show off their best hostas. The juried show features judges accredited by the American Hosta Society. Entries are accepted from 5 to 8 p.m. June 1 and 8 to 10 a.m. June 2. The exhibit

Pittsburgh Garden Trail highlights seven distinctive area gardens
Doug Oster

The cool glow of fluorescent lights fills the office of Helena Nichols, the associate director at Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanic Gardens in Oakland. She’s growing a variety of threadlike grains for the theme to garden, “Abraham the Shepherd: The Search for Grains & Grasses.” When I met her last year for a story on the

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