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Parks tour includes wildflower displays

| Saturday, July 31, 2004

A full-day guided tour featuring the wildlife, history and blazing wildflowers of three state parks has been scheduled by Venture Outdoors from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10. The program begins with a boat cruise on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park, then continues to the Jennings Environmental Education Center and McConnell's Mill State Park.

The fee -- $55 -- includes deluxe motor coach transportation, a box lunch, two-hour boat cruise and narration by naturalist guide Bob Faber. The bus pickup will be in Cranberry. Discounts are offered for groups of five or more.

Details: (412) 255-0564 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or www.ventureoutdoors.org

Aromatic plants are subject of lecture

"Smelling Good or Stinking: 3,000 Years of Odors and Fragrances" is the theme of a lecture by Walter Jacob at the Biblical Botanical Garden at Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave., Oakland, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The program is part of the seasonal exhibit called "A Summer of Fragrance -- 5,000 Years of Fragrant Plants," assembled by director Irene Jacob. The garden displays the agriculture, horticulture and archeology of the ancient Near East; each plant is accompanied by a Biblical verse.

There is no charge for the lecture, nor to visit the garden, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays and Thursdays; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; and noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Details: (412) 621-6566 or jacob@rodefshalom.org

Artists, gardeners to team for Ligonier fund-raiser

Local artists' studios and area gardens are part of the Studio and Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14, sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley. The event features the studios of Jan Barone, Bill Hoffman and Paul Sirofchuck and the gardens of Donna McDowell, Peg Overholt and Tina Thoburn.

The self-guided tour begins at the museum with check-in between 9:30 and 10 a.m., where patrons will receive information, brochures and maps for the various stops. The auxiliary's gardener, Ann Clark of Ligonier, will be on hand to answer questions.

Refreshments will be available at the museum, 1 Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier, until 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 a person; reservations are required.

Details: (724) 238-6015.

Bonsai, origami at Phipps Conservatory

Origami is one of the program topics this weekend at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Oakland.

Today: "Bonsai Demonstration" with Ralph Dukstein, Penn State Master Gardener, Pittsburgh Bonsai Society, noon; "Origami Butterflies and Flowers" with the Origami Club of Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.

Sunday: "An Armload of Flowers" with floral designer Duane Reeves, noon; and "Origami Butterflies and Flowers" with the Origami Club.

The programs are free with admission to Phipps: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors 60 and older; $4 for students with ID; $3 for ages 2 to 12; free for children younger than 2.

Details: (412) 622-6914.

Gardening, arts and crafts classes offered

Summer botanical and gardening arts and crafts classes at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, Shadyside, are continuing:

"Designing with Foliage" with Carmel Vandale, floral designer, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, 19 and 26 and Sept. 2, $74 plus $20 materials fee per session.

"Plant Propagation II" with Linda Kramer, professional gardener, and Bob Yates, horticulturist and nursery foreman, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28, $40.

"Cutting Garden Arrangements" with Jessica Walliser, horticulturist and floral designer, 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7 and 14, $74 plus $15 materials fee per session.

"Pencil and Metalpointe Drawing Workshop" with Linda Funk, botanical illustrator, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 through 12, $200.

"Backyard Composting" with Chris Glenn, environmental educator, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 11, $20.

Details: (412) 441-4442.

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