The Phipps Conservatory Sustainable Gardening Awards are in their 3rd year, and have once again highlighted five lovely gardens in our area. The awards were designed to highlight gardens and garden enthusiasts who follow the concepts of sustainable land care that Phipps teaches in its education programs and follows in its own work.
This year’s winners were awarded in 5 various classifications, each exemplifying a different element of sustainable, natural gardening. All of the winners are enthusiastic about improving the gorgeous land around them, both in their individual spaces and for the bigger neighborhood.
Winner: Native Planting and Wildlife Gardens
Lynn Ramage and her late husband, Jim, started a garden in their then-overgrown Ford City property 30 years ago, and strove together to cultivate a sanctuary for native plants and pollinators.
“As I learned about native plants and their significance to the environment, I made it from an English garden into a native garden and a pollinator garden,” she stated.
When they first bought their home, it spanned seven acres. Now it encompasses 72 acres, and Ramage has actually invested lots of time combating intrusive plant species while cultivating plants like goldenrod, ironweed and pycnanthemum.
“There’s nothing much better than remaining in a garden. It benefits your brain, great for your body, helpful for your soul,” she said.
Lynn Ramage in her garden
Susan Barclay Winner: Gardens that Manage Rainwater Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review Susan Barclay Initially, Susan Barclay’s garden area was bathtub-shaped, which made rainwater management a difficulty. In 2021, she decided to
do something about that
“I dealt with a professional landscaper. They have actually been specialists in this issue of water management and comprehend what requires to be done,”she said.
Gargiulo Landscape assisted to bring artful functionality to Barclay’s garden.”My favorite element is the stonework,”she said, citing the stunning stones of various
sizes that create pathways, actions and other features throughout the garden.
Plants do play an important role in Barclay’s garden also.”I have a lot of native plants that are nostalgic to me because of my family history and childhood,”she said, particularly citing the dogwood, a favorite of her moms and dads. Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review In the garden of Susan Barclay Joel D. Garceau III Winner: Micro-Gardens Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review Joel D. Garceau III Joel
Garceau has a great deal of enthusiasm for gardening, however
not much space.” Living in the South Side
, where yard area is at a premium
, I have actually had to make the most
with what little space I have,”he said. Micro-gardening does have its benefits.
Having a smaller garden allows me to comprehend it on a more intimate level. The plants I grow resemble friends to me,”he stated. Despite the congested location, Garceau grows more than 70 kinds of plants, much of which were transplants
given by family and friends.” My preferred plants are the ones that show the stories and people of my life: the irises, bee balm, hostas, and especially the agapanthus,” he stated.
Garceau states that anybody can garden, no matter the area.” Plants and nature respond really well when care and attention are provided to them. “Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review In the garden of Joel D. Garceau III John and Alyssa Creasy Winners: Plentiful Edible Gardens Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review Alyssa and John Creasy John and Alyssa Creasy are so passionate about edible plants that they run Garfield Neighborhood Farm in addition to their own
edible garden. “Our house garden
has constantly been a respite,”
John Creasy stated, keeping in mind that the farm can typically take up a majority of their time. Alyssa Creasy
likewise runs a cut-flower business, Larkspur
AmC, from plants grown in their own garden. John
Creasy loves the sense of neighborhood
that gardening brings, both amongst the plants and among the next-door neighbors and garden enthusiasts planting them. He discussed the peach tree in the couple’s home garden around
which they have actually formed a”plant guild,” or a group of plants that grow together and support each other.”There are medicinal herbs, cooking herbs, a little pond with fish in it, and it’s all linked in with the health of the peach tree,” he said. Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review Some of the edible thrills from the garden of John and Alyssa Creasy.
Oleksandr and Andrew Yergiyev Winners: Gardens for Personal Retreat Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review Andrew( left)and Oleksandr Yergiyev At their home situated near a busy Mt. Lebanon
crossway, Oleksandr and Andrew Yergiyev required a method to escape the sound– so they made it in the kind of a garden.
That improvement took a lot of work for both of them.”We started with less than a blank canvas, it was covered in blacktop
said. So Oleksandr, a knowledgeable gardener, and Andrew,
who was trying to find a visually pleasing sanctuary, made it happen. The garden is filled with
wide variety of plants, from wildflowers to vegetables and fruits.”I like the bitter melons. They’re truly lovely, the way the vines drape over whatever.
Pollinators like the flowers, “Oleksandr stated. “I simply keep marveling … you see a monarch butterfly arrive at a rose, and you believe it used to be blacktop. We worked well as a group and we made it,”Andrew said. Louis Ruediger|Tribune-Review The garden of Andrew and Oleksandr Yergiyev This has been a paid article submitted by our material partner.