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All sorts of greens will be available at the annual Phipps Gifts and Greens Market
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A screenshot of the Hang-A-Pic app
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“Backyard Farming: Growing Garlic” by Kim Pezza

Gifts and Greens Market is Dec. 4-6

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will host its annual Gifts and Greens Market from Dec. 4 to 6 at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park.

A large assortment of fresh, aromatic specialty greens and wreaths made to order will be available to purchase. A variety of guest vendors will be onsite until 3 p.m. each day of the sale.

Complementing the greens sale is a holiday boutique showcasing not only festive decorations, paperwhite bulbs, amaryllis kits and more from the Shop in the Park but also special items for nature-lovers of all ages from the Shop at Phipps in Schenley Park.

The event is free and open to the public. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Details: phipps.conservatory.org

Hang-a-Pic app helps set up focal point

A new app called Hang-a-Pic claims to make one popular interior-design trend — the gallery wall — truly easy to do.

For those who don’t follow home-decor shows and sites: A gallery wall is a collection of frames hung together on a wall to become a focal point in a room. The frames can hold anything — expensive art or selfies — but the idea is to arrange them in a way that looks crisp and organized. To achieve that look, it’s crucial that the frames are evenly spaced and centered on the wall. When you have frames of varying sizes and a large wall space, that task can be daunting to even the most expert wielder of a tape measure.

Despite its ’90s-ish design, Hang-a-Pic deftly does the math for you. You tell the app how many frames you have, what size they are and the style of hook required.

Then, by entering the width of the wall and the distance you want between your frames, Hang-a-Pic tells you how to measure exactly from the end of your wall to where each nail should be placed. It accommodates arrangements from five frames across to just one. This is especially helpful if your one frame requires two nails to hang.

Hang-a-Pic is worth the $1.99 cost if the gallery wall you want to create is basic. The app is great for aligning frames horizontally, but if, for example, you want to align one large vertical frame with two stacked horizontal frames, that gets a little more complicated than Hang-A-Pic can handle.

Garlic guide can spice up your reading

As gardening season winds down, it’s a perfect time to read planting guides for next year.

“Backyard Farming: Growing Garlic” by Kim Pezza is a comprehensive primer for adding garlic to your harvest. It includes detailed instructions and photographs that help ensure that one’s garlic crop is a success.

“Growing Garlic” covers a broad range of topics, including selecting the right variety of garlic for one’s wants and needs, storage and preservation methods, recognizing common pests and diseases and incorporating garlic into one’s diet, among many others.

The book is part of the comprehensive Backyard Farming series. It is available from Hatherleigh Press for $5.95 in paperback.

— Staff and wire reports

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