City Living

Phipps Conservatory Spring Flower Show

One of our favorite Pittsburgh spring-time traditions is Phipps Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show. “Enchanted Forest” is the theme of this year’s show. Experience the awakening of a hibernating forest creature who has woken up to see the blooms of spring time. Marvel at the beauty of thousands of tulips, or watch ducklings paddle through water lilies. Do not miss the orchid room, a year round favorite, to see for yourself the explosion of color. No matter the weather outside, you can wander from room to room of the beautifully curated and arranged show, enjoying the luscious flora, and absorbing the lovely flower scents. Be on the lookout for oversized forest creatures, each more whimsical and charming than the last. Less than 15 minutes from Summerset, the show runs March 18 – April 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. After the success of last year’s Spring Flower Show, Phipps surely will not disappoint.

Living Green

Get in the Spirit of Spring with a Windowsill Herb Garden

With spring almost upon us, one of the best ways to shake off the winter blues is by bringing new greenery into our lives. More functional than spring flowers, a small windowsill herb garden is the perfect weekend project to get in the spirit of spring.

Although Pittsburgh weather is still a bit chilly outdoors, with a sunny window and minimal maintenance you can be growing your own herbs for cooking. South or southwest facing windows are the perfect location to grow some of our favorite healthy herbs. Basil, cilantro, mint, rosemary, thyme, and parsley all are well-suited for indoor herb gardens.  

Purchasing small herb plants is an easier alternative than starting from seed packets. Start with a container at least 6-12 inches deep, and you can plant multiple herbs in a long container. Don’t forget a saucer under your pots so you don’t ruin your windowsill. Start with 2-3 inches of potting mix, and carefully place the herb plants into their new container. Fill in around the plant with more potting mix, but make sure to leave an inch or two in the top for watering.

Herb plants don’t like sitting in soil that is too wet, so you only have to water occasionally. If the soil an inch or two below the surface feels dry, then it is time to water. Fertilize your plants every 6-8 weeks using fertilizer designed for edible plants. Once there is some new growth, you can start cooking with your windowsill herbs! With most herbs you can cut 2-3 inches off the tips, but with parsley and cilantro you can cut off entire stems.

Happy spring, and enjoy your new windowsill herb garden!