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.
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