Author: Lindsay Bond Totten

Quiet Spaces, Green Oasis

Although these garden spots are the abodes of the deceased, cemeteries also serve as destinations for those among the living who seek peace, quiet and natural beauty. Come touch the green, green grass of Jefferson Memorial Park and the Homewood and Allegheny cemeteries.

Container Gardening

Perhaps it's time to retire the notion that container gardens start with red geraniums, that a dracaena spike adds drama and that sweet alyssum pulls a composition together.

Container Gardening

Perhaps it's time to retire the notion that container gardens start with red geraniums, that a dracaena spike adds drama and that sweet alyssum pulls a composition together. Such a palette may be fine for those who cherish tradition, but many of us are so ready to move on.

Great Trees

Great Trees are part of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and also part of our region’s rich and diverse heritage. Just imagine the history a 300-year-old oak tree has witnessed in its lifetime—and the history that is yet to be made. Trees beautify our cityscapes, cool our environment and clean the air we breathe. We honor them each spring on Arbor Day and seek refuge beneath their branches in a rainstorm. But do we really appreciate our trees? I think we do. I went in search of some of Pittsburgh’s wonderful trees to photograph for this pictorial essay and discovered so much more. Every specimen had a compelling story, lovingly filtered through the lives, words and actions of its current steward. I am merely the conduit for their stories.