South Park Demonstration Gardens Receive Prestigious Award
November 29, 2011
- The Demonstration Gardens at the intersection of Corrigan Drive and McConkey Road in South Park recently received the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s prestigious 2011 Community Greening Award. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society recognizes greening and beautification efforts in communities throughout Pennsylvania. Nominated sites are evaluated on plant variety, design, use of space, and horticultural practices. The judges remarked, “This garden gets top honors for its educational component. Penn State Extension has done an extraordinary job educating the public by labeling each and every plant. A mailbox planted in the garden holds more detailed information on each variety.”
2011 Outstanding Performers Penn State Extension Demonstration Gardens in Allegheny County
October 26, 2011
- Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County plant and maintain demonstration gardens in both North and South Parks. The primary purpose of the display beds is to showcase plants that perform well in local soils and climate with minimal maintenance. The plants are evaluated during the growing season and rated on a scale from 1 to 5. A rating of 1 indicates that the plant did not perform well and may have succumbed to death due to environmental, insect or disease problems. Plants that earned a score of 5 are considered outstanding performers. They bloomed throughout the summer until frost. They were not damaged by either insects or diseases, and tolerated fluctuations in temperature, as well as excessive spring and late summer rain. All plants are deer resistant, unless otherwise noted.
Food Safety for Holiday Meats
October 25, 2011
- It’s that time of year when plans are in progress for the upcoming holiday feasts. If you are the cook, here are a few tips to ensure a safe, delicious meal.
Urban Greening Coordinator Assists with Lawrenceville Garden
September 29, 2011
- Last March the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Child Development (OCD) sponsored an Environmental Resources Fair bringing together local family support centers with staff from a variety of environmentally friendly organizations. For Suzanne Rubiano, a registered nurse from Family Care Connection Center (FCC) in Lawrenceville, this was the beginning of a rewarding collaborative effort that culminated with the installation of an urban "Tranquility Garden" behind the FCC at 5235 Butler Street.
Extension Increases Presence at Green & Innovation Festival 2011
September 27, 2011
- Want to sway to the music of a solar powered DJ or zero in on the latest sustainable practices, Hartwood Acres was the place to be this past Saturday, for Allegheny County's Green and Innovation Festival.
Garden in the Parks Field Day Attracts Record Crowds
August 31, 2011
- Saturday, August 20th was a perfect day for enjoying the tastes, sights and activities associated with Garden in the Parks Field Day. An annual celebration at the North and South Park Demonstration Gardens, the day’s activities are planned and staffed by the dedicated Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County. The 2011 committee did not disappoint, even with two locations to prepare, they were ready!
Allegheny County 4-H Horse Show
August 24, 2011
- 4-H members compete in county horse show, with opportunity to advance to district and state shows.
Tree Care is "Hot" Topic at 2011 Summer Short Course
July 28, 2011
- Penn State Extension of Allegheny County and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens co-sponsored the 2011 Short Course: A Complete Guide to Growing, Planting and Managing Trees with Dr. Ed Gilman on July 19, 2011. Dr. Gilman is Professor of Urban Trees & Landscape Plants at the University of Florida. His research focuses on nursery production and landscape establishment of trees.
Extension Hosts the Evolving Pittsburgh Food Policy Council (PFPC)
July 19, 2011
- Heather Mikulas, Extension’s Program Associate for Community Based Agriculture, is the current chairperson for the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council. The council, founded in 2009, engages with communities in the Pittsburgh “foodshed” to improve the food systems in this area.
Lean and Green: Best Management Practices for School Grounds
July 8, 2011
- Held at O’Hara Elementary School, in the Fox Chapel School District, on Thursday, July 7th, this daylong program focused on managing lawns, athletic fields and ornamental plantings with little or no pesticide use.
Bee Wise...Plant Natives Well Attended
June 15, 2011
- The evolution of the existing planters in Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard began in 2009 when these four raised beds were retrofitted and converted into rain gardens.
Local Food Showcase Connects Growers With Buyers
June 14, 2011
- On Thursday, March 10, 2011 the second annual Local Food Showcase (LFS) brought together a dedicated group of Western PA “Foodies”.
Homewood Community Apiary Hosts Local School
June 8, 2011
- On June 3, first graders from the Frick Charter Environmental School visited the community apiary in Homewood.