The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is transforming 460 acres of abandoned mining land just 10 miles outside the city 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, and a center for botanic research.
Typical of much of Western Pennsylvania, the site sits atop acres of abandoned coal mines. Unfortunately, the deep mining and strip mining left a host of problems, including highwalls, mine subsidence, and acid mine drainage. The residual coal is being removed and the mines are being collapsed to reclaim the land and eliminate the acidic groundwater.
Turning a coal mine into a self-sustaining botanic garden 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 60 acres of the Garden—the Woodlands—opened to the public on August 1, 2014. This parcel includes stunning meadow and serene woodland experiences along three miles of groomed trails.
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden may be obtained by calling 1-800-732-0999 toll free within PA. Registration does not imply endorsement. Your email address will be kept strictly confidential and only used for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden information or member events, outings, public meetings, etc.
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and American Public Gardens Association (APGA).
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire people to grow through immersion in a world of natural outdoor wonder to nourish mind, body and spirit.