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#SEENOnTV: Galas Galore!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

What a crazy couple of weeks it has been! The fall season is in full swing! There are so many great things happening in Pittsburgh, I seriously need to clone myself. :) Enjoy my latest segment on Pittsburgh Today Live to learn about fun and unique events happening now through the end of October.

 

Follow me on Twitter @NBSeen to keep up with #wheresNataliePG and don't forget to check out my instagram @NatalieBenci for more fun photos of the great things happening around town!

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Photo essay; a close look at the fall garden

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog sunpatiens blooming'Sunpatiens' were blooming in pots over the weekend, until the deer found them. I never noticed the subtle colors inside the flower until I got close. Photos by Doug Oster

I spent the weekend exploring the garden. I love to get close to see the colors, textures and forms nature provides. It's a great way to discover a secret world and it's the perfect time to look, before the first frost.

It's fun to pinpoint the little things happening in the garden which might go unseen and these things can't be appreciated until we put out busy lives on hold for an hour or two.

Take a minute to get a detailed look at what's going on in your garden, you might be surprised at what's happening in there.

blog anemoney closeThese buds from anemone 'Queen Charlotte' are just about ready to bloom.

blog anemone blooming backlitAnemone 'Queen Charlotte' in bloom.

blog bonfire seed podsSeed pods from begonia 'Bonfire' are beautiful.

blog columbine seed headsColumbine seed heads have an interesting look when you get close.

blog deformed dahliaThis 'Mystic Illusion' dahlia might be a sport. The flowers should be pure yellow.

blog diamond frostEuphorbia 'Diamond Frost' blooms in front of red begonias in a container.

blog fushcia close upFuchsia blooms in the same pot.

blog garden caterpillar backlitIt's always fun to find caterpillars in the garden.

blog insect fallDiscovering other insects is fun too.

blog spider web irregularQuite an irregular spider web.

blog petunia and statueThe last petunias in hanging baskets cascade down the the back of an angel statue.

 

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Phipps looking for master gardener candidates

Written by Doug Oster on .

Phipps Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Master Gardener Program
One of Pennsylvania’s oldest and most respected training courses open to new participants.
 
Pittsburgh, Pa.—“What is wrong with my tomatoes?”; “Why are my pine trees losing their needles?”; “When and how do I plant flower bulbs?”: These are just a few of the questions answered daily by Master Gardeners, a group of horticulture volunteers who share their knowledge and experience as volunteers for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  Seeking new program participants, Pittsburgh’s premier public garden is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2015 training course.  
   Founded in 1972 by a Cooperative Extension Service agent in Washington state, the nationwide Master Gardener Program was developed to train volunteer gardeners to assist professional horticulturists in meeting the increasing public demand for gardening help. The program held at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park — one of the oldest and most respected in the state — is not only tailored to Pittsburgh’s changing horticultural needs, but also helps the Conservatory carry out its educational mission. 
   “Whether they are answering horticultural questions for members of the public, teaching classes or working in our greenhouses, Master Gardeners are integral to the work that we do here at Phipps,” says Director of Horticulture Margie Radebaugh. “By helping members of our community learn new skills, find solutions to problems, and achieve success in their landscapes and gardens, they are not only connecting others with nature, but also making our city a greener and more beautiful place to live.”
   Phipps Master Gardener classes, covering topics from plant problem diagnosis and pruning to botany and entomology, start in March 2015 and run for two semesters over 6 months on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Once accepted, program participants, in addition to attending class weekly, must pass a series of competency exams, and volunteer at least 36 hours over the course of the year in order to be certified the following year. Those interested in applying should contact Sarah Bertovich at 412/441-4442, ext. 3925 or sbertovich@phipps.conservatory.org. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2014.
 

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Doug at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden Sunday 2pm "Fall Gardening Secrets"

Written by Doug Oster on .

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I'll be at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden on Sunday October 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. presenting "Fall Gardening Secrets." I'll be talking about my favorite bulbs, perennials, shrubs, trees and more.

It's part of their Fall Festival with cool stuff to do all day.

My friends from Burgh Bees will be there at 1 p.m. discussing basic beekeeping.

There's food, an all day scarecrow workshop, big sales and more.

Here are all the details.

Hope to see you there.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Horses, bonfire and fall fashion at Hartwood Acres

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

 

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Looking for something fun and fresh to do this weekend? Look no further than this week's Webisode of "Setting the SEEN." 

SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I visited Hartwood Acres to preview this weekend's Hartwood Fest. We also got ready for the event with a stop at Cajoli boutique, which dressed us in casual fall fashions for the shoot.

Learn more about this and other events this weekend across the city in the video box below or by clicking here. Like our outfits? See below for more details on my look and visit Natalie's blog To Be SEEN for more on what she's wearing.

Until next time, we'll be seeing you!

Cajoli boutique -- 3392 Saxonburg Blvd., Glenshaw

Sara's look

-Pants: Le Phare gray zipper pants ($170)

-Design History cashmere sweater ($320)

-Only Hearts black ribbed crew-neck long-sleeved shirt

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