Botanic Garden offers flowers for Mother's Day
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will have its yearly Mother's Day plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11, and this will be the first year the sale takes place at the Botanic Garden in Oakdale.
Available for purchase will be a wide variety of annuals, as well as trees, shrubs and perennials. Organic herbs and vegetable plants from Cherry Valley Organics will be sold. Floral designers have put together many colorful, pre-planted containers, and garden art and accessories, including soil-test kits, also will be sold.
Penn State Master Gardeners and horticulturalists will offer free 30-minute workshops on a variety of gardening topics. Registration is not required. The planned schedule of workshops includes: 9 a.m., making the most of shade; 9:30 a.m., butterflies; 10 a.m., kitchen garden herbs; 10:30 a.m., how to design a mixed border; 11 a.m., edible flowers; 11:30, rose care; noon, attracting bees and pollinators; 12:30 p.m., choosing plants for wet soils; 1 p.m., orchid care.
Children's activities, including birdhouse building, will be available throughout the day.
The sale is at 798 Pinterton Run Road, Oakdale, where visitors can enjoy the 550 dogwood trees that are blooming in the garden.
Details: 412-444-4464 or www.pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.
Hazardous-waste collection set in McCandless
A household hazardous waste collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot in McCandless.
The nonprofit Pennsylvania Resources Council will collect items such as cleaners, automotive fluids, paints, pesticides and pool chemicals for $2 a gallon, cash only.
Details and a list of all items accepted are at www.zerowastepgh.org or 412-488-7452.
The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is going to the birds next weekend. BirdFest Weekend 2013, from May 10 to 12, is the society's celebration of birds and International Migratory Bird Day on May 11.
On May 10, Jim Danzenbaker, a World Series of Birding team member, will speak at the free “Birds and Brew” event from 7 to 9 p.m. at the National Aviary on the North Side.
On May 11, the society will lead a birding trip to Sycamore Island, departing at 8 a.m. from the Canoe Club in Verona. Admission is $20. From 10 a.m. to noon May 11, the free Migration Mania Family Festival will take place at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel, with hikes, games and bird-themed activities.
At 7 p.m. May 11, author and biologist Derek Lovitch will dicuss his book “How to Be a Better Birder” at Beechwood. The talk is free.
Then on May 12, Lovitch will accompany beginning birders to Presque Isle in Erie. The cost is $45, which includes lunch and transportation. Contact the society for more details. The weekend ends with a Mother's Day brunch and birdhouse painting event at Audubon's Succop Conservancy in Butler. Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $25; $10 for kids 3 and older.
Details: 412-963-6100 or www.aswp.org
Antiquers headed to Hanna's Town
Historic Hanna's Town will open the 40th season of its Antiques and Collectibles sales May 12.
There will be more than 100 vendors at the sale, which officially opens at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and continues through early afternoon. Some vendors are set up as early as 1 p.m. May 11 and will sell that afternoon.
Admission to the sale is free, but there is a $3 per car parking fee.
The sales are held the second Sunday of each month, May through September.
Hanna's Town is at 809 Forbes Trail Road, near the intersection with Route 119, three miles north of Greensburg.
— Staff and wire reports
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