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1901 Brighton Road • Pittsburgh, PA 15212
t: 412.323.GROW     f: 412.323.1116

About Us

The Urban Gardener closed September 2017 and is for sale.  We left the website up so that potential buyers can see what we were like when we were open.  Sorry for any confusion.

Our Story
The Urban Gardener was started in 1997 on the site of an abandoned gas station. We have grown in an organic fashion (a little bit this way, a lot of bit that way, a shed here, a demonstration garden there) so that, over the years, we've replaced concrete and cinder blocks with an oasis of green. Click here to email us.

Mission Statement
The Urban Gardener owners and employees are committed to both customer and public service. We believe that the best way for gardeners to succeed is to first choose the most appropriate plant and then to select the healthiest plant available. We are committed to helping our customers accomplish this through the quality of our products, extensive customer service, an informational newsletter and education programs. In addition, we are dedicated to community service and to enhancing the quality of life of our neighborhood and larger community through relationships with neighbors, community groups, and professional associations.

 

Services

Consulting at The Urban Gardener
The owners and staff of The Urban Gardener are committed to helping our customers choose "The right plant for the right place." We are available at the garden center to discuss landscaping questions, garden design, disease or insect concerns, organic gardening techniques or other questions. You should feel free to bring photos, drawings or plant lists and our gardening professionals will work to satisfy any concern. There is no charge for this service; we delight in providing it.

On-Site Consultations
While we can usually assist most folks here at the garden center, some prefer to have one or more of our staff visit their home or business to discuss their concerns. On-site visits can include plant health assessments, plant identification, as well as design and landscaping recommendations and plant selections.

Garden Maintenance
Our knowledgeable staff can also help the gardener who is 'too busy to do it myself' through our garden maintenance services. We can provide services for spring and fall cleanup, weeding and deadheading, identifying and treating insects and diseases, pruning of small trees and shrubs, transplanting, dividing -- everything necessary to keep your garden healthy and beautiful. (We are accepting applications for part time gardeners for the 2011 growing season; if you are interested, please send a resume to info@urbangardenerpgh.com.)

Side-by-Side Gardening
For those who want to learn by doing, we offer Side-by-Side Gardening. One of our experienced staff will work with you in your garden, helping to identify species, teaching good gardening practices, and helping you to choose the proper plants for your garden.

To arrange for any of these services, please contact us at 412-323-GROW during the growing season, or info@urbangardenerpgh.com any time.


 

Education

Newsletter
The Urban Gardener mails out a newsletter three times a year that is full of informative articles on subjects of interest to home gardeners, such as deer resistant varieties, pruning needs of various clematis varieties, what canal boats in Holland can tell us about good container gardening choices, to mention just a few. Visitors can also sign up to receive our periodic email newsletters which will keep you up-to-date on new varieties, special events and special offers. Sign-up Online or email us to join.

Seminars
Informative seminars are presented every season at The Urban Gardener in subjects such as Composting, Rainbarrels, Disease and Pest Identification, Container Gardening, Planting for Fall Color and Winter Interest, Garden Design, and others.

Public Speaking
The owners of The Urban Gardener are available to speak to garden clubs, or other associations throughout the greater Pittsburgh area on issues of interest to gardeners. If you know of a group that might be interested in scheduling such a talk, please contact us.


 

Special Projects

In keeping with our mission and commitment to community service and to enhancing the quality of life of our neighborhood and larger community, the Urban Gardener has been involved in a number of special projects. We have helped to design and/or recommend plants for:
  • Observatory Hill - the flower gardens at Riverview Park
  • Central Northside Neighborhood Council – plants for the Alpine Gardens playground
  • East Allegheny Community Council - a tree planting for the Allegheny Commons
  • Allegheny County - native plants for the Courthouse courtyard Native Rain Garden
  • Carnegie Library - bamboo, grasses and shrubs to decorate the Federal Street patio
  • Bloomfield Civic Association – a new design for Morrow Park
  • Children's Museum of Pittsburgh – bamboo and native grasses for containers, and perennials for a butterfly garden
  • Allegheny Commons – a shade garden surrounding the Thomas A. Armstrong memorial
  • Student Conservation Associates – a public garden on California Avenue
We have also planted trees with the Pittsburgh Tree Tenders and taken part in programs sponsored by Tree Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County PSU Master Gardeners, and are a participating garden center in Phipps Conservatory's Sustainable Plant Program (Project Green Heart).

In 2009, we were very honored to be selected as installation artists for the Gestures exhibit at the internationally acclaimed Mattress Factory Art Museum. We installed plantings in front of the exhibition space, titled "Lawn", which not only transformed the appearance of the building but also softened and enlivened the whole streetscape.


 

Memberships & Affiliations

Some of the organizations with whom we have an affiliation include:

Penn State Cooperative Extension (Allegheny County)
Phipps Conservatory and Garden Center
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Conservation Consultants, Inc.
Pennsylvania Resources Council
Tree Pittsburgh
Rain Garden Alliance
TreeVitalize of Pittsburgh
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Allegheny Commons Initiative
Botanic Garden of Western Pennsylvania
Central Northside Neighborhood Council
Northside Leadership Conference
North Side Community Development Fund

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Colorful annual baskets in front of giant Colocasia leaves.
Colorful annual baskets in front
of giant Colocasia leaves.
A 'guerilla garden with bright red Salvia and 'Chocolate' Joe Pye Weed
A 'guerilla garden with bright red Salvia
and 'Chocolate' Joe Pye Weed
Sunflowers and Karl Foerster Reed Grass are a great combination
Sunflowers and Karl Foerster Reed Grass
are a great combination
Schematic drawing for one of our on-site consultations and garden design.
Schematic drawing for one of our on-site
consultations and garden design.
Composting seminar for Urban Gardener customers
Composting seminar for Urban Gardener customers
(top)Japanese Forest Grass and arching Ninebark softens a covered library patio (bottom)Urban Gardener Installation for the Mattress Factory Museum -- 'Lawn,' a mixture of bamboos and ornamental grasses.
(top)Japanese Forest Grass and arching Ninebark softens a covered library patio

(bottom) Urban Gardener Installation for the Mattress Factory Museum -- 'Lawn,' a mixture of bamboos and ornamental grasses.




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