Mission

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.

 


We’re nurturing a unique vision at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

We’re reclaiming land from Pittsburgh’s gritty, industrial past and transforming it into an outdoor experience unlike any in the region. Now acres of forest that were farmed, logged and mined are coming back to life with healthy trees, inviting trails, forested slopes and open meadows.

Today you can wander our 60-acre Woodlands and enjoy an award-winning Lotus Pond. The stunning Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow. Fun exploration stations for families. And three miles of peaceful, wooded trails. You can see the roots of our region in an historic homestead featuring a log cabin, heritage apple orchard and chickens. And you can celebrate special occasions in our beautifully restored 1870s barn that also serves as our Bayer Welcome Center.

But with 460 acres, we’re just beginning to blossom.

Ultimately, our plan is to thrill visitors with twenty distinct gardens, four diverse woodland experiences and a spectacular Visitor Center. We’ll offer a world-class example of reclamation and stewardship. And an outdoor garden experience that will ultimately rival the five largest in the United States.

The Garden is already connecting people to Pittsburgh’s history and the beauty of Western Pennsylvania. In time, and with your help, we’ll grow it into a premier asset the region can be proud of—and people everywhere can enjoy.

Non-Profit Status

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.

Affiliations

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and American Public Gardens Association (APGA).

Strategies

The Garden is unique among cultural institutions, providing inspiration and education about the quality of life resulting from living in harmony with the earth.

Be a good steward of the land:

  • Provide a place of beauty and serenity to reconnect with the outdoors.
  • Create an atmosphere of excitement and discovery for all ages.
  • Promote sustainable design and judicious use of natural resources.

Raise horticultural standards to the highest level:

  • Become a leading source of horticultural information
  • Inspire and teaching people to be better gardeners.
  • Conduct research to solve horticultural and environmental problems.

Educate about plants, gardening, and the environment:

  • Build educational opportunities into all garden exhibits and events.
  • Offer education programs for children and adults, gardening and environmental professionals.
  • Develop formal programs for educators and researchers.

Foster appreciation of native plants of the Western Allegheny Plateau:

  • Build a garden representative of the eco-region and promote preservation of its native plants.
  • Work with the Center for Plant Conservation on threatened plants of the region.
  • Encourage use of native plants in garden settings