Local Business Spotlight – Chapon’s Greenhouse

We didn’t propagate any annual ornamentals this year, and actually, short of sunflowers and marigolds we rarely ever do.  But no need to fret, in the South Hills of Pittsburgh we are blessed with an abundance of excellent local nurseries to choose from.  Last year I got my flowers from the incredible Martin’s Flowers andContinue reading “Local Business Spotlight – Chapon’s Greenhouse”

Spring Seedling Sale 2021 – Check out our offerings!

We are pleased to announce that these will be the offerings for our 2021 Spring seedling sale.  We won’t officially be selling these seedlings until Saturday May 8th, they still have some growing to do, but we do want to put them on your radar.    All of the plants listed we grew either fromContinue reading “Spring Seedling Sale 2021 – Check out our offerings!”

Book Review: Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants by Rachel Lanicci

I almost didn’t get to this book from the large stack of books I checked out of the library, but I’m glad I did.  Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants by Rachael Lanicci is an excellent resource for gardeners wishing to bring birds into their garden.  It is organized, informative,Continue reading “Book Review: Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants by Rachel Lanicci”

Nursery Update – Week of April 2, 2021

This week continues to bring new signs of spring, even if the weather has turned back into winter.  We’ve got a lot of new growth going on at the nursery, both for the near term and long term future.   Our seedlings are coming along well.  We mentioned some of the varieties that we are growingContinue reading “Nursery Update – Week of April 2, 2021”

Book Review – The Growing Season by Sarah Frey

I’m a fan of memoir, especially by people with a great story to tell, and that is the case with Sarah Frey’s The Growing Season:  How I Build a New Life–and Saved an American Farm.  While I think parts of this book probably ventured into the realm of “creative” non-fiction, as some of the storiesContinue reading “Book Review – The Growing Season by Sarah Frey”

Nursery Update – Week of 3/26/2021

We have not done business updates in quite a while, but now that the weather is changing and the growing season is underway, we’ll be providing more regular updates! We also hope to see you out in the community in the months to come!  Right now we’ve got a lot of edible seedlings sprouted.  WeContinue reading “Nursery Update – Week of 3/26/2021”

Book Review – Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast

Here in Western Pennsylvania, gardeners face an enormous problem.  It’s a problem that can easily kill or ruin plants that gardeners have put lots of time and money into.  I have personal experience with this nuisance.  One year I planted 75 tulip bulbs in the fall and the following spring only about 5 tulips showedContinue reading “Book Review – Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast”

A Visit to Phipps Conservatory’s A Splash of Brilliance – Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show

Living in Pittsburgh our family has been members of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for years.  I especially love going to Phipps this time of year (February) when we’re in the dead of winter and yearn to be around nature, greenery, and in outdoor spaces.  We don’t just visit Phipps in the winter, the showsContinue reading “A Visit to Phipps Conservatory’s A Splash of Brilliance – Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show”

Local Business Spotlight – Double Fresh International Market

Double Fresh International Market opened on Brownsville Rd. during the height of the pandemic.  The owner used to own and operate Everest Foods in a plaza not far from this location, near Duffy’s Beer and Much More, but that space was quite small and the new location allows for a much bigger store, complete withContinue reading “Local Business Spotlight – Double Fresh International Market”

Book Review: Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants

Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants by Frank W. Porter is a great introduction to using native plants in the landscape.  It touches on several topics relating to landscaping and native plants that you would expect, and several that surprised me. The book starts with the “whys” of landscaping with native plants.  From havingContinue reading “Book Review: Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants”