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Free rose pruning/care seminar with the experts from the Pittsburgh Rose Society

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog roses societyThese roses were blooming in England outside the Tower of London. Photo by Doug Oster

There's no one better to teach you about caring for roses than the rosarians from the Pittsburgh Rose Society. The rose garden at Renziehausen Park is one of the finest collections of roses in the country.

The Pittsburgh Rose Society will be holding its spring pruning demonstration at the Renziehausen Park Arboretum in McKeesport on Saturday, April 4th and 12th at 1 P.M.  Rosarians will be in the garden to conduct hands-on pruning demonstrations as well as answer questions about planting, fertilizing, and pest control.  You must bring your own pruning tools, gloves, and knee pads to learn and participate.  The event will go on rain or shine.  This demonstration is free and open  to the public.  For more information visit www.pghrosesociety.org.

Here's a video I did about this amazing garden.


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#SEENFamilyFriendly + Fashion

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

What a fabulous week we have had! So many fun events to check out, lots of things to do with your kids, and Sara Bauknecht gears up for baseball season...in style!

Enjoy our latest video for "Setting the Seen."

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter: @NBSeen and @SaraB_PG for more society and style news!

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Baseball fashion, family-friendly fun and more

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Take me out to the ballgame -- in style!

In this week's Setting the SEEN, Natalie Bencivenga and I talk about some stylish ways to show off your sports pride, plus several family-friendly events happening across the city this weekend.

Check out the video below for the full scoop.

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Doug is keynote speaker in Venango County Saturday morning

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blog corydalis luteaCorydalis lutea so one of the plants I'll talk about Saturday at the Venango County Garden Collage. It's the ultimate "low maintenance" plant.Photo by Doug Oster

I'm excited to be the keynote speaker Saturday 3/29/14 at 9am in Franklin, Pa up in Venango County.

I'll be talking about "The Low Maintenance Garden." I've got lots of tips and tricks too keep the work to a minimum. Right after that I'll lead a break out session and talk about three of my favorite things, "Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil."

The Venango County Garden Collage runs from 9amto 4pm and is filled with great garden speakers and vendors.

Here are all the details.

 

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Support strong for FGI Pittsburgh at first meeting as provisional chapter

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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More than 60 people turned out Thursday evening at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, for the first general meeting since Pittsburgh was granted permission to establish a provisional chapter of Fashion Group International, a nonprofit that unites and promotes fashion communities across the globe.

Ideas for getting the group going were the night's discussion points, led by Stephanie Taylor (pictured above, at center), who heads the fashion retail management and fashion design programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ms. Taylor initiated last summer efforts to bring an FGI chapter back to the city. (One existed here about 20 years ago but fizzled out as the city's major retailers closed.)

She was inspired to try to rejuvenate the group locally based on a lack of a nucleus in Pittsburgh for fashion where everyone can come together and exchange ideas and network. FGI Miyoshi

"I know there's a lot of talent here in Pittsburgh fashion-wise, but I don't know who to connect with," she said she commonly heard. FGI Pittsburgh could help forge those connections.

Ms. Taylor will serve as director of the Pittsburgh chapter during its probationary period, which could last six months to a year. Janey Cink and Renee McCafferty also will serve on the board as public relations and social media directors. A co-director, membership coordinator, programming coordinator, financial coordinator, secretary and development coordinator still are being sought for the board of directors. 

To achieve permanent status, the Pittsburgh chapter has to put in place a solid board of directors and have at least 40 members attend meetings and events on a regular basis. FGI's headquarters in New York City will determine when Pittsburgh's chapter can move beyond provisional status.

At the meeting, attendees split into five discussion groups to brainstorm ideas for the fledgling group. Conversations covered ways to attract members, brand building, community events and how to create a presence on social media.

Those interested in applying for a position on the board of directors should email a letter of interest and resume to Stephanie Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by April 14. The next general meeting will be 6 p.m. May 29 at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

Learn more about membership at www.fgi.org.

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Discussion groups under way at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, on Thursday at a FGI Pittsburgh meeting. Above right, Miyoshi Anderson, founder and executive director of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, leads a discussion group about member recruitment. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

 

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