It just doesn't get any bigger than Dr. Michael Dirr when it comes to plant experts. He's written the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, the definitive title on the subject, and many other great books.
He's just one of the great speakers at the 19th annual Garden & Landscape Symposium of Western Pennsylvania, presented by Penn State
Extension and Shady Side Academy. It's happening on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillman Center for the Performing
Arts in Fox Chapel. Discounted registration is available until March 1.
Horticultural experts will share their knowledge on a wide variety of topics, including Sinclair Adam, Penn State Extension
educator speaking on New Perennials for 2014: Plants of Promise for American Growers and Gardens; Michael Dirr, retired
professor of horticulture, University of Georgia will speak In Praise of Noble Trees and also New Flowering and Evergreen
Shrubs; Maryann Frazier, Penn State Entomology Expert will address declining pollinator populations and how gardeners
and landscapers can improve habitats and reduce risks with ~ Will There Still Be Honey for Your Tea?; and Jeff Gillman,
Horticulture Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina will present-The Truth About
Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line. The Symposium includes breakfast and lunch and plenty of
time to shop at the Garden Marketplace.
The Garden Marketplace is free and open to the public as well as those registered for the Symposium from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. The Marketplace features unusual, hard-to-find perennials, annuals, shrubs, natives, lettuce bowls, terrariums, garden
accessories and botanical artwork. The Garden Marketplace is entirely indoors, located in the Ice Rink Arena on the Shady
Side Senior School campus. A new attraction this year is the annual Daffodil Show, hosted by the Daffodil and Hosta Society
of Western Pennsylvania. Parking is convenient, ample and free.
Register for the Symposium by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/garden-landscape-symposium. The fee is $105 before
March 1st and $120 after March 1st. Or call (412)473–2540 with questions.
-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. “We didn’t make it tough enough on them. We didn’t do a good enough job of creating. We could have done more there.” - Sidney Crosby on the Coyotes.
-The Arizona Republic' recap. “It definitely felt good, and hopefully I don’t have to wait that long for the next goal." - Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek on getting a goal against his former team. He scored his first goal since March 5, 2012, as a member of the Penguins against the Coyotes. Fire Ray Shero.
-The Associated Press' recap. "Tonight was a tough-fought game. There wasn't a lot out there. That's the kind of games we expect. We have to be able to play a patient game, not be taking chances with the way we play or the way we play with the puck." - Dan Bylsma.
-Phoenix captain Shane Doan tried to wrap up Jussi Jokinen:
-Dan Bylsma speaks:
-Matt Niskanen speaks:
-How will the health of Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis impact how the Penguins approach the trade deadline?
-Olli Maatta is racking up the points.
-The Los Angeles Times had a thoroughly sourced piece on professional athletes who have filed workers compensation claims in California against teams in all four of the major North American sports league. Since 1990, 16 NHLers have filed claims against the Penguins.
-Eric Hartzell stopped only three out of the five shots he faced and was credited with a loss for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who fell at to the Rochester Americans, 4-0.
-Highlights (so to speak):
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin is considered week-to-week due to a leg injury.
-Peter Mannino made 28 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings.
-After the Jump: The Kings keep losing.
Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman was animated and excited during his interview minutes after making the play of his career two weeks ago. But that is no reason for people to make racial slurs, as some did on social media. Sherman has handled himself with intelligence and grace in the midst of the attention. I wish I could say the same for his critics. Meanwhile, over on the Hill, they have their own brand of racism.