The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is transforming 460 acres of abandoned mining land—just 20 minutes outside of 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, our 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. We are removing the residual coal and collapsing the mines 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. +Read More
The Woodlands of the World will be the first section open to the public. This 60-acre area will offer five distinct woodland experiences and feature three miles of paths traversing charming meadows, stunning ridges, and forested slopes. To date, we have constructed the trails, cleared fifteen acres of invasive species, and planted over 1,500 native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. A solar powered irrigation system supports the young plants.
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will belong to the people of the region. The Garden will be unique among cultural institutions, providing both inspiration and education about the quality of life that can result from teaching people how to live in harmony with the earth. +Read More
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.
Take a look at the long term Master Plan for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. +Click Here
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and American Public Gardens Association (APGA).