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Tea roses, floribundas, miniature roses and old-fashioned roses will be displayed at the Spring Rose Show from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Galleria mall in Mt. Lebanon. The annual program is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Rose Society.

Admission to the event — preceded by judging of entries — is free. An artistic design arrangement class with a focus on roses is planned, and rosarians will be available to answer questions about rose care and cultivation.

Visitors joining the society during the rose show will receive a complimentary miniature rosebush.

Details: (412) 486-0649 or (412) 364-3227.


The monthly collection of recyclable items, on Saturday at Construction Junction, 214 N. Lexington St., North Point Breeze, calls for latex paint and tires. The program, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a project of a variety of ecologically minded organizations, including the Pennsylvania Resources Council. A nominal fee will be charged at the collection for processing.

Next month’s collection, on July 9, will be for appliances.

Details: (412) 243-5025 or (412) 431-4449, ext. 243.


A Spring Garden Sale is on tap from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the South Butler Fire Hall, sponsored by the Oak Hills Garden Club.

Plants from the gardens of club members and perennials from Mishelle’s Perennials will be sold. A Chinese auction featuring garden-related items and merchandise donated by local shops also is planned. Snacks and lunch will be available, prepared by the South Butler Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary.

The program is free. Proceeds benefit a variety of club charities. The fire hall is at the corner of Old Plank Road and Litman Road in Butler.

Details: (724) 285-6311.


Water gardening is the focus of a program from 9 a.m. to noon June 21 at Trax Farms, 528 Trax Road, Finleyville. Through lectures and demonstrations, guests will learn about which pumps and fountains to use, different groups of water plants and creatures and what plants are best for the water’s edge. Admission is free.

On June 21 and 22, Trax will offer discounts on water plants, ponds, pumps, water gardening books and water gardening supplies.

Details: (412) 835-3246 or visit .


Crafton’s gardens and porches are the focus of a self-guided tour from noon to 5 p.m. June 22, sponsored by the Crafton Historical Society and the Crafton Public Library.

“The Secret Gardens & Porches Tour of Crafton” costs $9 in advance, $10 the day of the tour. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult can attend free.

Refreshments, a shopping area with garden gifts and plants, a potting and creative area for children, and a question-and-answer session with a Master Gardener are scheduled.

Tickets can be purchased at the Crafton Public Library, 140 Bradford Ave., Crafton.

Details: (412) 922-6877.


“A Taste of Oil” is the summer theme at Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden, 4905 Fifth Ave., Oakland. A special exhibit of oil plants has been added to the hundred biblical plants in the garden. All are displayed in a scene reminiscent of the Holy Land.

The program continues through Sept. 15. Admission is free, and there is accessibility for the handicapped.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; and noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Details: (412) 621-6566.


The third annual Ellwood City Area Historical Society’s Garden Tour is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28, rain or shine. Advance tickets for the self-guided tour are available at the History Center, 310 Fifth St., Ellwood City. Tickets also will be sold at the five featured gardens and the history center on tour day. The cost is $10 each. Tickets are limited.

One of the sites is the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration Garden. Proper dress is required there (no shorts). An English garden also is on the map.

Details: (724) 752-2021.

– From staff and wire reports

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