Archive for August, 2014

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Gardens as seen on Pittsburgh Today Live

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This 'Double Hot Cherry Profusion' zinnia is one of the AAS winners growing at Schenley Plaza.

This ‘Double Hot Cherry Profusion’ zinnia is one of the AAS winners growing at Schenley Plaza.


Today on PTL I shared the stage with Angela Yuele from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
We talked about three of the conservancy’s gardens. The All America Selections Display Garden at Schenley Plaza, Mellon Square Park and featured the gardens at Highland Park.
You can learn all about the gardens here.
Here’s a plant list of what’s growing at Schenley Plaza.
Blanket Flower ‘Mesa Yellow’ and ‘Arizona Apricot.’
Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire,”Profusion Double Hot Cherry,’ ‘Zahara Starlight Rose,’ ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon,’ ‘Double Zahara Cherry.’
Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry.’
Gaura ‘Sparkle White.’
Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’ and ‘Summer Jewel Pink.’
Coneflower ‘Cheyenne Spririt’ and ‘PowWow Wild Berry.’
Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet.’
Geranium ‘Pinto Premium White to Rose.’
Marigold ‘Moonsong Deep Orange.’
Ornamental pepper ‘Black Olive’ and ‘NuMex Easter.’
African daisy ‘Alka Daisy White.’

Red Ripe and Roasted Tomato and Garlic Festival; Gardeners can help the hungry at Phipps

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

I pay my daughter $25 to dress up as a tomato for Red Ripe and Roasted.

I pay my daughter $25 to dress up as a tomato for Red Ripe and Roasted.


It’s the 10th year for Red Ripe and Roasted, the tomato and garlic festival I helped start with the help of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On Sunday August 24th, 2014 from 11-4 p.m. visitors can enjoy great food, a farmer’s market, participate in a tomato contest and more. I’ll be cooking my Extreme Garlic Pesto recipe at 12 noon for you to taste.

The idea of the festival is to get as much fresh produce for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The festival is free, but gardeners who bring a bag of food get into the conservatory for free to see the Summer Flower Show and Butterfly Forest.

Bring your own tomatoes to be judged for the biggest, smallest and ugliest fruit.

The festival includes a farmer’s market of all certified naturally grown produce, cooking demos and fun activities for kids.

It’s also a place where gardeners can buy a wide variety of garlic for planting without paying shipping.

I’ll be signing copies of Tomato Garlic Basil too.

Please join me for a day of fun and help the hungry.

Hope to see you there!

Free Pot Luck Picnic for all gardeners with Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Jessica Walliser and Doug Oster are holding a free Pot Luck Picnic this Sunday

Jessica Walliser and Doug Oster are holding a free Pot Luck Picnic this Sunday


I’ll be joined by my radio partner Jessica Walliser this Sunday 8/17/14 for a free Pot Luck Picnic from 2-4 p.m. for all gardeners at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.

It started out as a thank you for all the gardening fans who have come to see us at Giant Eagle Market District and has grown to a celebration of gardening for everyone.

Bring your favorite dish, but if you don’t have food, I’ll give you some of mine. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and we’ll supply the plates, napkins and utensils.

We also have lots of wonderful gardening products to give away including books, plants, seeds and some really cool stuff from Dramm.

It will be two hours of gardening fun a chance to exchange ideas, talk about the season and share some wonderful food along with great stories.

Schenley Plaza is located at Forbes Ave and Schenley Drive directly across from the Cathedral of Learning.

Hope to see you there.