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Time to Grow
Want to learn how to get a little more creative in your garden? Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is offering a Summer Short Course with garden writer Tovah Martin from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on July 20 as part of its adult education program. The event, at which participants will learn about landscape design, will feature Martin and Jonathan Weber, farmer-general for greenSinner. Tickets are $95 until June 29 ($105 after that), and the day will include a light breakfast and buffet lunch. (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Oakland; 412/441-4442, phipps.conservatory.org)
 


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Food, Drink and History
Although it is Pittsburgh’s smallest historic district, Allegheny West certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to architectural beauty. This year at the Annual Allegheny West Wine & Garden Tour, participants can choose between three tours taking place June 2-3. All tours start at Holmes Hall and feature six additional properties, including two by famed architect H.H. Richardson, who designed the Allegheny County Courthouse. For $75, attendees can enjoy the North Side neighborhood’s beautiful architecture — with wine and tapas on the side. (412/444-8687, alleghenywest.org)

A City in Bloom
As the summer sun finally makes its way to Pittsburgh, it’s time to take a step outside to smell the roses. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden hosts its annual Town & Country Tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. The bus tour ($120-$135) and self-guided tour ($45-$55) cover 14 gardens across Pittsburgh’s East End, including Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, Edgewood and Churchill. From a forest hideaway of Japanese maples to a rocky urban sanctuary, a variety of garden landscapes awaits you.  (Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale; 412/444-4464, pittsburghbotanicgarden.org)

Luxury Living
May marked the opening of The Foundry at 41st, a 191-unit luxury-living apartment complex in Lawrenceville owned by Walnut Capital. With a variety of amenities, including a fitness facility, heated pool, rooftop terrace, rooftop views of Downtown and more, the former industrial building earns its luxury label. The property’s resources are meant to benefit residents as well as the larger Lawrenceville community: Bay 4, a neighboring site to the 120,000-square-foot apartment complex, now is transformed into a public plaza for community use. (4107 Willow St., Lawrenceville; 412/360-8642, thefoundryat41st.com)

Painting in Color
PPG Paints’ Bakery Square store has unveiled a new-and-improved concept design aiming to be the ultimate destination for interior designers, architects, DIYers and other creatives. Trained PPG color consultants and The Voice of Color display, which contains more than 2,000 colors and features a digital inspiration screen, serve as resources for customers to digitally browse with tools to help them select the best color for their space. The concept store’s new design will be rolled out in PPG stores across the country. (6401 Penn Ave., East Liberty; 412/361-8770, ppgpaints.com)
 


photo courtesy Julia Reynolds

 

(MON)MADE in Pittsburgh
A new website launched in May provides a one-stop-shop for you to find locally created custom goods. MONMADE, with a mission to encourage collaboration and creative solutions by “keeping it local,” acts as a catalog or lookbook of local craft businesses such as Knotzland, Bones and All and STAK Ceramics. The project, started by Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator, involves more than 75 small businesses. Adam Kenney, director of the Craft Business Accelerator, says that through MONMADE the everyday person is able to learn more about the businesses’ “history, future [and] approach to materials and process.” (412/201-2450, monmade.org)

Apartments for Rent (Friends Included)
Coliving is the new trend in housing — and it’s coming to Pittsburgh. Ollie at Baumhaus plans to open its seven-story building in Friendship (appropriately) this month. The complex, built by Vitmore, includes 127 units made up of 31 micro-studios, micro-suites and one- to three-bedroom apartments. The all-inclusive, hotel-style living at Ollie at Baumhaus is created for residents who value community relationships over size and square footage. With many amenities and community events, Ollie promotes core values of “inclusiveness, sustainability, discovery and wellness.” (5522 Baum Blvd.; 412/683-2286, ollie.co/pittsburgh)
 

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