FALL SALES BEGIN!!-------------------- From now until we close for the growing season, just about everything at the garden center will be discounted. So, if you've had your eye on that special tree, or wanted to fill in that new garden bed with perennials, now's the time:-------------------- Trees
20% off !
and Fall is actually a great time to plant! Cooler temperatures and increased rainfall help the plant's roots become well established. The soil is still warm, allowing the roots to grow until the ground freezes. If the same plant is put in the ground in spring, it gets a slower start because the soils are still cool.
FALL & CHRISTMAS HOURS BEGIN!
Starting Labor Day (Sept. 2) our hours will be:
Tuesday through Saturday -- Noon to 6pm
Sundays -- Noon to 4pm
The Urban Gardener is a drop off site for the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to collect donations from gardeners of extra vegetables they harvest from those 18 tomato plants and 32 zucchini plants they just had to plant last spring. As well as all that okra they decided they didn't like after all!
If you find you have more vegetables in your garden than you and your family can eat, please don't let it 'rot on the vine.' Drop it off at the garden center every Saturday, 10am to 2:30pm. It will be collected and distributed to neighborhood food pantries.
If you'd like more information on the Community Harvest, please 412-323-4769 or
What are Everyday Squares? They are 'catalysts that thrum life into neighborhoods every day in small, mainstream ways' as Diana Nelson Jones says in her Walkabout column from Tuesday Jan 15 2013.
There are ten that the Urban Design Associates have identified in Pittsburgh and Öthe Urban Gardener is one of them!!!
(Courtesy of Urban Design Associates)
Recognize us? This makes us look like we even planned it this way!
We love their premise - that the revitalization of a neighborhood may well come in small steps that don't require massive investment, or big box or national retailer dollars. And in fact, these small places often defy the criteria for success that developers of larger commercial projects require, and are what urban planners often overlook.
And yet, these "Everyday Squares" act as catalysts and attractions for other, usually small but often interesting, developments. Thatís actually one of the main reasons we started the Urban Gardener in the first place.
Since we opened here in 1997, we have seen:
The re-purposing of the building across the street from us on Kirkbride Street into an office and meeting space.
The Western PA Conservancy plant a garden at the corner of Brighton and California , which has been expanded and continues to be beautifully planted and maintained.
A new business established on a previously vacant lot across the street from us on Brighton Road.
Another vacant lot on the corner of Brighton, Charles and California transformed into a rain garden and public space.
The shuttered Columbus Middle School reopened as Propel Northside.
A private developer donate dozens of trees that Tree Pittsburgh has planted along California Avenue and Brighton Place.
And the City, Tree Pittsburgh and the Western PA Conservancy plant dozens of trees along Brighton Road, from North Avenue all the way up to the Union Dale Cemetery.
But what we like most about being an Everyday Square is that we are a place that people come to from all over and yet meet and talk - as gardeners will - as if they were neighbors. And we really love it when people unexpectedly run into old friends and acquaintances - it brings a smile to everyone's face.
You may want to visit the other Everyday Squares: Espresso a Mano, Farmers@Firehouse, Frick Park Market, Girasole, Make Your Mark, Village Park at Point Park University, The Porch at Schenley Plaza, Round Corner Cantina, and Tazza D'Oro. We are so pleased to be in such great company.