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Homework: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in North Fayette reopens

| Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:04 p.m.
Justin Merriman | Trib Total Media
A pond that will be a Japanese garden, at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in North Fayette.

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in North Fayette will reopen to the public on a permanent basis on April 1.

The garden, which is taking shape from 460 acres of abandoned mining land adjacent to Settler's Cabin Park, was first opened to the public between August and November of last year.

To celebrate the reopening, a Family Activity Day is planned for April 4. The event includes an egg hunt for children ages 2 to 8; a nature-knowledge challenge and a geocaching activity.

The garden has three miles of groomed trails and a one-mile ADA-accessible trail. Other highlights include play-and-discover stations for children, a lotus pond, the Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow and a historic farmstead, featuring a 1700s log cabin and heritage apple orchard.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the website.

Admission is $9, $8 for seniors and students with ID, $6 for children 3 to 18 and free for children younger than 3. There are $1 discounts for Allegheny County residents and active military.

Details: 412-444-4464 or pittsburghbotanicgarden.org

Compost workshops offered at 3 sites

The Pennsylvania Resources Council will have four backyard-composting workshops at three different sites.

This workshop will cover the importance and benefits of composting, the process, setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways of using finished compost. Participants will receive an 80-gallon Earth Machine Compost Bin.

The sessions cost $50 per person or $55 for a couple. The workshops will be:

• 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 2, Phipps Garden Center, Shadyside

• 10:30 a.m. to noon April 11, Springdale Free Public Library

• 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 11, Phipps Garden Center

• 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 12, Harrison Hills Environmental Learning Center

Details: 412-488-7490, ext. 226, or prc.org

Oglebay Park bus trip includes garden tour

Greensburg Garden Center is planning a bus trip on April 17 to Oglebay Park in Wheeling, W.Va., for a behind-the-scenes garden tour.

The tour includes a stop at the Mansion Museum, deli buffet lunch in Wilson Lodge and a tour of the Bissonnette Gardens.

Cost is $75 for members and $80 for nonmembers.

Details: 724-837-0245

Plant shrubs in early spring

If you're planting shrubs or trees this spring, put them in the ground sooner rather than later. You want to get them over transplant shock before the heat and humidity of late spring arrive.

After watering them thoroughly, give them a light mulch, and resist the urge to keep watering them.

— Staff and wire reports

Send Homework items to Features in care of Sue Jones, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; fax 412-320-7966; or email sjones@tribweb.com.

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