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KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live Highlights Doug’s Tour of French Gardens

Three Incredible Parisian Gardens as seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

I spent a week in Paris leading a tour of the gardens in and around the city. I was joined by a wonderful group to see what the gardens had to offer. Luxembourg gardens holds a special place in my heart as my family and I stayed near the gardens for a week five years

Rain provides the perfect homecoming

At 5:30 in the morning, I woke to a pounding headache from jet lag and the sound of thunder in the distance. The night before, I had flown in from Paris, where I guided a group through a weeklong tour of the beautiful gardens in and around the city. It was great to be home,

Rain helps late summer blooms, check these flowers out

It was wonderful to wake up to a garden revived by an early morning summer rain. Spring might be be my favorite season for flowers, but the end of summer can be sweet too. These plants can take hot, dry weather and enjoy the rain when they can get it. I inherited lots of phlox

The Gardens of Versailles Astound

There’s no greater crime than running through a garden that was designed to be strolled in. Although I wasn’t literally running, there was never going to be enough time to see everything in this historic garden. Part of being a tour is doing things as a group. When we arrived at Versailles, our wonderful tour

Carnegie Library in France was built in the 1920’s as hope for peace

    Tour guide Andre Lecoz looked surprised when travelers cheered and applauded as he introduced them to the Carnegie Library in Reims, France. “We’re from Pittsburgh,” they shouted proudly. It was the first place he showed us as we drove through the quaint city on a bus. The top of the stone building reads

Medieval Garden is a Hidden Treasure Near Paris

Tiny ancient stone houses with clay tile roofs slip in and out of view as our bus carefully navigates rural roads and narrow streets on the way to Bois Richeux in Pierres, about an hour and a half southwest of Paris. It’s another spectacular side of France we’d never have seen unless we took the

Monet’s Lily Pond at Giverny is Stunning

Rachael Robb waited 25 years to see the lily pond at Giverny, artist Claude Monet’s garden. “It’s been on my bucket list for a long time,” she said with a smile. She came to Paris in 1990 as a 20 year-old, and on a visit to the Louvre, and was thrilled to see the original

Luxembourg Gardens

One first-time visitor to Luxembourg Gardens was overheard saying, “There’s something going on here we don’t see much of anymore — it’s called ‘relaxing.’” Even though it’s midweek, the vibe here is clearly Sunday afternoon. One would guess it’s like this every day.  Parisians lay in the grass underneath huge topiary trees, trimmed to perfection.

Windflower (amenone) begins the bloom

This is anemone ‘Queen Charlotte’ and it’s one of my favorite late blooming plants. The first flower just appeared and the plant will continue to flower for the rest of the season. But its not just the flower that’s beautiful. The tight purple buds put on a show too. After the flowers finish, the seeds

Plant now for a great harvest in fall and beyond

August is the harvest month. Zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers start rolling in, so much so they start ending up on the food table at work. But this is also the time of the year to start thinking about the fall garden. Planting greens like lettuce, spinach, arugula and more will have you picking well

Garfield Community Farm Shares Love of Gardening with Neighborhood

  John Creasy has his hands full managing a three acre farm and bioshelter on top of a hill in Garfield, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I spent some time with him talking about why he’s dedicated to providing fresh, organic produce for locals. “I’ve always loved gardening, he told me for an upcoming TribLIVE story. 

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