Make (or Buy) Your Own Flowers For Mother’s Day

Looking for an event to attend with mom? Lily & Val is hosting a mother-daughter floral craft night, while the North American Rock Garden Society’s local chapter is preparing for a show and sale at Soergel Orchards.

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If you’re looking for a pre-Mother’s Day event to attend with mom, bets are on that she’ll love one, or both, of these events.

Lily & Val, which specializes in hand-lettered and illustrated chalk-art designs and also sells home decor, is hosting a mother-daughter floral craft night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 12 at its location in Shadyside.

The evening will include sipping on tea and indulging in snacks while you and the ladies in your life learn how to put together trendy felt florals. Take home the magnolia-inspired arrangement, along with a professionally shot digital portrait of you and your mom together.

Mom may also love a framed version of that photo to hang in her home — just saying.

Participants also will receive a 20 percent discount in the Lily & Val Flagship Store, plus an opportunity to browse the goods as part of the private shopping event.

The $95 price tag includes two tickets. Sign up for it here.

photo courtesy of NARGS

For the mom with a green thumb, the North American Rock Garden Society’s Allegheny Chapter is hosting a show and sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park.

The society, which is dedicated to rock and woodland gardening, will offer alpine rock garden plants during the event at what member Sandra Ciccone describes as very reasonable prices.

“These are hard-to-find plants that we source from various greenhouses,” she says.

While these types of plants typically grow in the alpine region, they’re also able to thrive in this area, according to Ciccone. A wide range of plants that local gardeners can grow in rock gardens and troughs — including alpine plants and miniature varieties of everyday garden plants such as hosta, ferns and irises — will be exhibited at the show. 

“They’re very hearty,” Ciccone says. “They are some very lovely plants.”

Demonstrations on how to care for the plants, including clinics on grooming hosta, gardening with succulents and rock gardening for beginners will take place throughout the day.

The sale, which will include many perennials suitable for a rock garden or container in the sun or shade, and accompanying show is the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Ciccone says.

Proceeds from the free event go toward the society’s upkeep of the rock garden outside of the National Aviary on the North Side. Ciccone says the society designed and built the garden.  


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