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The Monarch Whisperer

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Fat green, white and black caterpillars climbed all over the milkweed plants along the driveway of Karrie Klug’s Slickville home. She was thrilled, gently removing just three of them and some milkweed for nourishment to display in a container at the Mr. Tire store in Latrobe that she manages. She was determined to raise them […]

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Autumn Gardening – Planting Trees & Shrubs

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Cool mornings and low light greet gardeners in September, making it the perfect recipe for planting. Fall is such an important time for gardening; bulbs, trees, shrubs, perennials and cool-weather vegetables are all things that enjoy going into the garden this time of the year. Many people want to kick back now, but it’s a […]

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UPMC Therapeutic Garden for Kids

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In Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, there’s a garden of raised wooden beds enclosed by a tall, chain link fence. Three 16-year-old girls struggling with anxiety, depression and other issues are just a few of the patients who use this space at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC as a therapeutic tool. Dr. Rameshwari […]

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September Garden Calendar

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September continues the planting of cool-weather crops in the vegetable garden. Things like spinach, lettuce, corn mache, tatsoi, pak choi, arugula, radishes, turnips, beets and others can be started now. Look locally for plants, as gardeners have learned about extending the season, and garden centers have started carrying fresh plants for fall planting. Plant perennials […]

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Roses are a Family Heirloom

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Marsha Kennedy is warming up to her hydrangea after she’s finally coaxed it to bloom in hues of purple. It’s her favorite color, which is evident by her hummingbird print T-shirt and the purple tint in the 68-year-old’s hair. Her garden is filled with pollinator plants like milkweed, coneflower, phlox, monarda, borage and many more, […]

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September Bulb Planting

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I’ve been planting bulbs every fall for just about as long as I can remember. September is when the work begins, but I will continue into November if weather permits. When I’m on my hands and knees, bulb auger in hand, I’m fantasizing about spring blooms, especially my beloved double daffodils. We all have things […]

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A Special Garden for a Special Person

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Jenny Hall is beaming as her 9-year-old son Reid talks about his favorite recipe from the garden at the kitchen table. At the other end of the table, his grandparents Dick and Jane Sylvester are also transfixed by the precocious young man. Reid has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disorder that has him using […]

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Gardening Calendar – September

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September continues planting of cool-weather crops in the vegetable garden. Things like spinach, lettuce, corn mache, tatsoi, pak choi, arugula, radishes, turnips, beets and others can be started now. Look locally for plants, as gardeners have learned about extending the season, and garden centers have started carrying fresh plants for fall planting. Plant perennials by […]

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Audubon’s Certified Backyard Habitat

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Bumblebees fly furiously from flower to flower, finding the aromatic and beautiful native bee balm blooms as honeybees feast on swamp milkweed in the garden of David and Laurie Jones. The couple is working on making their yard a Certified Backyard Habitat, a program offered by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. “I’ve been an […]

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In the Garden with Kids – August

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Last August, I went to Target to pick up a couple of things, and I couldn’t understand why the store was so packed. When I got home and started complaining to my wife about the crowds, she said: “It’s back to school. I never go in those stores now.” My kids are all grown up, […]

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Memorial Pond Garden

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The view of George Kinder’s waterfall and pond from the deck is spectacular as the sound of the running water drifts through the air. “I can even hear it from the upstairs, he says smiling on overlooking the garden at his Hampton home. “The first thing I do in the morning is look at the […]

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Japanese Anemone “Queen Charlotte”

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There’s a perennial bed just outside my vegetable garden where tall “Annabelle” hydrangeas and colorful Asiatic lilies are fading, giving way to Japanese anemone “Queen Charlotte.” I’ve waited all year to see them bloom. They are truly the “queen” of that bed as fall approaches. It’s not just the wonderful purple flowers that make me […]

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Grounded Strategies

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The kids in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania call her Grandma Bev. The parents call her that, too, as does just about everyone else who knows her. It was three years ago when Beverly Howell sat on her front porch watching the local kids run up and down the street, wondering to herself, “Why […]

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A Library’s Story Garden

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Amaris Geer is wearing a pair of sky blue wings adorned with an intricate sparkle design as she explores the fairy garden at Mount Pleasant Library. “It’s just beautiful,” the 4-year-old says in a soft voice. Holding hands with her 2-year-old brother, Greyson, the pair are transfixed by the tiny fairies, gates and a multicolored […]

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Stargazer Lillies

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“Stargazer” is probably the most popular hybrid lily growing in gardens today. There’s a reason for that; it’s not only carefree, the plant has stunning flowers that return annually and fill the garden with sweet perfume in mid-summer. In July, it can be found either blooming or just past its prime for cheap at nurseries […]

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Chemical-free planting for pollinators

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There is something wonderful about growing for pollinators. It’s a hopeful feeling seeing a host of insects, free from pesticides, doing their job. That’s the most important rule for this type of planting, no chemicals. I’ve been an organic gardener for more than 30 years, so the recent focus on growing for pollinators is great, […]

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Dahlias a showstopper in the garden

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The hectic pace of May planting is over, and it’s time to fill the gaps in the garden. June might be an even better time to plant as the weather has stabilized and there’s time to think about the right plant for the right place. Dahlias come into their own at the end of the […]

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Gardening with Parkinson’s Disease

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The sidewalk reflects brutal summer heat as John Staudacher carefully navigates the steps leading to his front garden in Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood on a humid afternoon. Staudacher, a lifelong gardener, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last November after years of symptoms. The disease has made it harder for him to do everything necessary to […]

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Family creates water garden

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The soothing sounds of running water surround Scott and Catie Walsh as they hold their 7-month-old daughter Amara in their Sewickley Hills, Pennsylvania garden. The family loves the outdoors, spending countless hours around their pond garden. When they moved here three years ago, the backyard was a steep slope that was almost impossible to care […]

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Vertical Vegetable Gardening

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To say Chris Leininger’s outside office windows are unique is an understatement, as they are covered with vegetables, herbs and flowers growing vertically at the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Tiny bright green cherry tomatoes share space with flowering pole beans and peppers. The Ph.D. candidate has been interested in environmental design for decades, using dead […]

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Tropical Plants

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Frank Pizzi is dwarfed by a giant banana tree with dark metallic purple stems and almost impossibly huge strapping leaves in the Jungle Odyssey exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. While many visitors are intrigued with the giant anteaters, playful capybaras and ocelots, gardeners can discover an array of tropical plants that could […]

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Fallingwater Cutting Garden

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As visitors descend a path from the welcome center toward the historic Fallingwater house in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, a group of gardeners is planting in freshly turned soil. Ann Talarek is the horticulturist here and has joined forces with Nell Gardner, who has the same job at two other Frank Lloyd Wright houses, the Darwin […]

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Renovated Japanese Courtyard Garden

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The calming sound of soft running water is ever-present throughout the Japanese Courtyard Garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Designed in 1991 by famed Japanese landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu, the outdoor garden is a hidden gem, as not every visitor discovers the space. Those who do are rewarded with a secluded space where koi […]

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A Family Legacy Garden

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David Titley’s voice echoes through the empty rooms of the family homestead he’s renovating. He’s been working hard today on the floors preparing for his family to move in, hopefully some time in July. “In 1934, my grandfather brought it on four horse-drawn sleds,” he says. “It was four miner shanties; he put them together […]

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Learning Garden at Clayton Academy teaches much more than gardening

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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 […]

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A lifetime in the garden

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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 flowers as they change. The 85-year-old takes long, powerful steps along the edge of […]

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