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Kimberly Gill talks gardening with Doug on Pittsburgh Today Live

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blog beautiful chardaSwiss chard is one of the cool loving vegetable which can be planted right now. Photo by Doug Oster

It was my first time working with Kimberly Gill and we had a blast talking about things to plant in the vegetable garden right now. They thrive on cool weather and can be harvested in just a few weeks and will continue to grow into winter.

 

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Celebrate trees this weekend at Schenley Park, benefits Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

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blog rose of sharon returnsThis is one of my favorite trees, and here's why. Do you have a story to tell about you're favorite tree? Photo by Doug Oster

There's a fun event happening this Sunday in Schenley Park. The certified arborists from Davey Tree will be on hand to answer questions, but also listen to your favorite stories about trees. The company will donate one dollar to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Tree Fund for every person who shares a story. I'm always telling people on the Sunday morning radio show to ask a certified arborist any tree questions, this is your chance.

Arborists from your local Davey Pittsburgh offices will also be at the park, and trees throughout the park will don a Davey tag to display the many benefits each tree provides to the area. The Every Tree Tells a Story Photography Exhibit, featuring original photography of 12 of the most magnificent trees from around the country, will also be on display.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation has partnered with American Photo to create a traveling exhibition of original photography featuring the 2010 Landslide® selections: Every Tree Tells a Story. Twelve prize-winning and renowned photographers capture these seminal trees and tree groupings in a collection of 25 images. The exhibition will be on display at the Carnegie Library from July 1, 2014 until September 1, 2014.

The exhibition has been made possible by generous support from The Davey Tree Expert Company.

Learn more about Every Tree Tells a Story.

 

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The perfect garden gift

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blog glass art tightNikolaj Christensen created this beautiful piece of art out of glass for last year's Summer Flower Show at Phipps. Photos by Doug Oster

blog garden art1I met Jordyn Melino at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens many years ago as the two of us worked on promoting Red, Ripe and Roasted. It's a tomato and garlic festival I helped start in conjunction with the conservatory 10 years ago.

Since then, Jordyn has become exhibit coordinator at Phipps and she's often my source when I film segments about the seasonal shows she oversees there.

Last year, the Summer Flower Show combined glass art with the plants. In the fern room were glass sculptures by Nikolaj Christensen of Philadelphia. The glass pieces resembled obsidian rock and were covered with colorful snails. The artist even was able to duplicate the slime trail which is left behind when the snails crawl over an object.

I fell in love with the pieces and spent quite a bit of time in the room with Jordyn during one of our filmings.

A couple of weeks ago I was at Phipps teaching a photo class for interns there and Jordyn had a gift for me. It was one of the beautiful works of art created by Nikolaj.

I had forgotten all about those shiny, black glass sculptures, but Jordyn remembered. That's why it's the perfect gift. It's something I love, would never buy for myself and will enjoy for a lifetime in the garden.

I still haven't found the perfect place for the art. I've moved it around the garden several times, but eventually the planets will align and the location will be found.

Just like we remember the people who give us certain plants, I'll think of Jordyn every time I look at this work of art.

blog garden art slime trailI have no idea how the artist duplicated the slime trail on this artwork, it's really cool.

 

 

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week announces 2014 schedule of events

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The fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week is less than two months away, and organizers are gearing up for the festivities by posting the lineup of events slated for Sept. 22-28.

Similar to last year, the opening celebration will be a fashion showcase spotlighting Pittsburgh-based designers at Highmark Stadium, accompanied by a vendor fair. A designers showcase also will be held Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at Highmark Stadium. Holding four days of events at one location is a change for Pittsburgh Fashion Week, which in the past varied more often where shows were held to encompass more parts of the region.

On Wednesday, a fashion show and networking event will be at Macy's, Downtown. Student designers will be presented on Saturday with their collections at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. The week will close with the fifth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame induction luncheon at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week launched in 2009 under the direction of Miyoshi Anderson in an attempt to bring more attention to and opportunities for designers, models and stylists in Pittsburgh. For a full list of participating designers, visit www.pittsburghfashionweek.com.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Out on the town at Sienna Mercato, Boutique la Passerelle

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TGIF! What are your plans for the weekend?

If you're seeking something different to do, SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I have some ideas in this week's "Setting the SEEN" Webisode. We visited Sienna Mercato, one of the up-and-coming hot spots in Downtown Pittsburgh's restaurant and social scene. To get ready for our night out, we stopped by Boutique la Passerelle on Wood Street for some fashion tips (and mini makeovers -- our before and after photo is above in the collage). Like what you see? The store's bi-annual sale kicks off today!

To check it all out, click here or watch in the video box below. Until next time -- we'll be seeing you!

 

 

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