May 1: Spring Garden Symposium at Phipps

Home gardeners, gather at Phipps' historic Botany Hall for a talk with local gardening gurus.  Guests are invited to join Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser, along with Phipps staff, for an informative, one-day symposium at historic Botany Hall. 
The symposium, which will include talks, a question and answer session, garden giveaways, light refreshments and admission to Phipps Conservatory, is designed to help participants get the most out of their home gardens. Oster, an Emmy Award-winning producer, television host and writer, is Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Backyard Gardener and is co-host/producer of KDKA’s “The Organic Gardeners” Sunday morning radio show, along with Jessica Walliser, who also can be heard on WYEP and is a writer/editor for a number of gardening publications, including Organic Gardening and Urban Farm.

During the symposium, Oster and Walliser will each present a video of their home garden, then analyze one another’s garden spaces. Doug will give a presentation entitled, “Tomato Talk with Doug: Grow your Earliest, Biggest and Best Tomatoes Ever,” followed by a talk with Phipps’ integrated pest management specialist Scott Creary about organic and eco-friendly ways to keep bad bugs at bay, and a presentation by Walliser about back yard gardening. The symposium will wrap up with a joint talk presented by Oster and Walliser entitled, “Specialty Gardens: Great Ways to Re-Think how you Garden."

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Botany Hall (the small but grand building just to the left of the Conservatory).  Light refreshments and admission to Phipps are included in the cost of admission. Seats are limited. Registration required: 412/441-4442, ext. 3925.

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