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Lotus Pond & Japanese Garden

Lotus Pond & Japanese Garden

The Lotus Pond and surrounding Japanese Garden is an area brought back from the ravages of acid mine drainage to create a Japanese-style garden in Western Pennsylvania. Japan and Western Pennsylvania share a temperate climate, enabling Pittsburgh Botanic Garden to a develop a palate of east Asian cultivars mixed with indigenous plants. A pathway gently winds around the pond, affording gorgeous views from many angles.

Gardens Surrounding the Pond

Surrounding banks are planted with trees with an Asian provenance. The Flowering Cherries (Prunus) and Crabapples (Malus) are thriving and will show off their blossoms in future springs. Other trees include Sorbus alnifolia (Korean Mountain Ash), Larix (Larch), Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood), Styrax japonicus (Japanese Snowbell), Davidia involucrata (Dove or Handkerchief tree) and Sciadopitys verticillata (Japanese Umbrella Pine). An Asian Oak collection has been started.