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Upcoming Presentations

“    Busy Bees & Butterflies” – a Presentation on Pollinators and Gardens for PollinatorsBF4Sept05 202

Friday June 27, 2014

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bednar’s Farm & Greenhouse  315 Coleman Road



Happy Earth Day

In case you have forgotten, your friendly neighborhood Garden Witch reminds you that today is Earth Day.

For those of you that have children, and even if you don’t have children, as an environmental educator, I feel strongly that environmental education is vital for everything from better environmental awareness and litter pick up to future environmental policy.

Please take one moment to share some sort of “Earth Awareness” with someone today.  I’m sure it will make you smile!



Upcoming Presentations

The following presentations are at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens:
Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs – Sunday July 28, 2013 at  1:30 pm 
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. It is an ancient lifestyle including a healthy diet which incorporates some interesting herbs also utilized for medicinal uses. 
Magical Mystery Herbs – Sunday October 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Some of nature’s magical mystery herbs may suprise you!
Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs – Sunday November 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs – Sunday December 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Silver Maple, Garden Witch Photo

Welcome Summer

The Summer Solstice arrived at 7:28 a.m. this morning, marking the official start of summer.

Garden Witch of Pittsburgh offers all apologies for being away so long. The winter of 2010 was not kind to many of us, and yours truly was one of those beset by post-snow shoveling maladies such as tendonitis and ulnar nerve damage (think of repeatedly hitting your funny bone and it becomes not so funny anymore) that hampered simple tasks such as typing on keyboards, gardening and the like.

The Autumnal Equinox

Garden Witch Photo

Garden Witch Photo

The Autumnal Equinox arrived yesterday at 5:18 p.m. Also known as the September Equinox, it is a myth that the day and night are equal on the equinox. Another myth is that on the fall equinox, you can stand an egg on its end. A related folk tale is that it can only be balanced this way within a few hours before or after the precise time of the equinox.

While there is still light and warmth, autumn is a time of preparation to go to earth, to enter dormancy for winter’s rest. Recalling Greek mythology, autumn signals the time for the goddess Persephone to return to the underworld to live with her husband Hades.

A Starter Garden

a-starter-gardenA Starter Garden: The Guide for the Horticulturally Hapless” was written by Cheryl Merser in the early 1990’s documenting her first two years of beginning a new garden in Sag Harbor, New York.

This is a great book for those who are ready to “turn a yard into a garden,” as Mercer appropriately puts it. Mercer presents the three basic questions that each aspiring gardener should ask themselves before they even get their hands dirty – how much: time, effort and money can I put into this? She wisely advises “Become something of a garden pest yourself; immerse yourself in the world of gardening before you cultivate your own.”