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Growing Culinary Mushrooms: Shiitake Logs | Matt Peters

Sat., April 7 | 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $20
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Make your own shiitake logs and discuss other species and methods of cultivation in this hands-on workshop. Also, learn new skills from a mushroom forager and habitat aficionado. The material fee covers one take-home log.

Rain Barrel / Watershed Awareness Workshop | Nancy Martin

Wed., April 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$80 per person | $85 per couple
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Harvesting rainwater can save money, benefits water quality in our region and makes good sense for backyards and gardens. Learn why rain barrels are especially important in Allegheny County, how to install a rain barrel and how to best store and use rainwater. You will receive a FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon rain barrel. Designed with the homeowner/gardener in mind, it is affordable, attractive, easy to move and easy to install. This workshop is hosted by the Pennsylvania Resources Council. To register, click Register or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247.