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Pittsburgh Botanic Garden inspires people to value plants, garden design and the natural world by cultivating plant collections of the Allegheny Plateau and temperate regions, creating display gardens, conducting educational programs and conserving the environment.
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is transforming 460 acres of abandoned mining land-just 20 minutes outside of the city of Pittsburgh-into a world-class botanic garden. Once completed, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be one of the largest botanic gardens in America.
The Garden will be comprised of 18 distinct gardens, five diverse woodland experiences, an enhanced visitor’s center, an amphitheater for outdoor concerts and performances, a celebration center to accommodate weddings and corporate events, a center for botanic research, and classrooms for youth and adult programming.
Like much of Western PA, our site sits atop acres of abandoned coal mines. Unfortunately, mining left a host of problems, including highwalls, mine subsidence, and acid mine drainage. We are removing the residual coal and collapsing the mines to reclaim the land and eliminate the acidic groundwater.
Our work fits perfectly with Pittsburgh’s growing "green" reputation. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be the only botanic garden in the United States built on reclaimed land.
The first section currently open to the public is a 60-acre area which offers five distinct woodland experiences and features three miles of paths traversing charming meadows, stunning ridges, forested slopes, and a beautiful Japanese inspired pond. Our current visitors center and event space allows us to host both educational programming and social gatherings.