Visitor’s Guide

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden strives to maintain an environment that promotes its mission: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden inspires people to value plants, garden design and the natural world by cultivating plant collections of the Allegheny Plateau and temperate regions, creating display gardens, conducting educational programs and conserving the environment. We ask visitors to be good stewards of the environment and to respect the plants, wildlife and people who share the outdoor experience that the Garden provides.

Where do I park when I visit the Garden?
Visitors may park free of charge in the public lot off of Pinkerton Run Road.

How will I find my way through the Garden?
Visitors may pick up a map at the Welcome Desk and signs mark the trails.

Are there restrictions on where I can go in the Garden?
Visitors should not harm to Garden landscape or property. Visitors should stay on the pathways and in the public areas. They should not climb trees, pick flowers or collect plants or plant parts. Swimming and wading in ponds, streams or water displays is not permitted. Please do not to handle or feed wildlife as it may harm them.

How long does it take to view the entire Garden?
Visitors should plan at least two hours for a leisurely stroll through the entire Garden.

What does the Garden offer for children?
While the entire Garden has been created to encourage curiosity and exploration in children of all ages, there are specially designed, Play-and-Discover areas called “Exploration Stations” along the trails. These are noted on the trail map. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times. At least one adult should accompany every five children.

What is appropriate to wear at the Garden?
Visitors should dress appropriately for the rustic outdoor trail topography. Shirts and sturdy footwear must be worn.

May pets or injured wild animals be brought to the Garden?
Dogs are permitted if on a leash. They must be kept on the trails, away from trees and out of landscaped areas, including the pond. Owners must clean up and properly dispose of pet waste by removing it from the premises. Visitors should not bring any injured animals to the Garden.

May I take photographs or make video recordings?
Visitors are welcome to take photos and video recordings for personal use only. Professional photographers and videographers are required to obtain photo permits. Contact our events team to discuss professional photography at the Garden.

Where are the restroom facilities?
Public restrooms are available in the Bayer Welcome Center.

May I bring my own food or drink into the Garden and are there any picnic areas?
Visitors may bring food, provided that it is stored in their vehicle and only consumed in the designated picnic area. Visitors may not bring glass containers, anything that needs to be grilled or cooked, any kind of grill, or alcohol into the Garden.
There are no trash receptacles along the trails or in any other public area – even the picnic area. Visitors are expected to properly dispose of trash by removing it from the premises.

Can I ride my bike or other wheeled vehicle in the Garden?
Only medically-necessary wheelchairs and scooters are allowed. Motorized and non-motorized wheeled vehicles are prohibited, including motorbikes, ATVs, golf carts, bicycles, skateboards, two-wheeled scooters, tricycles, roller blades, in-line skates, wagons and children’s riding toys. Note that all trails consist of gravel or a mulch-type natural surface and wheels may become stuck in the trail surface.

Are there areas for sports activities?
Organized sports and games, hunting, fishing, and swimming are not permitted.

What is your tobacco and alcohol policy?
Tobacco use is not allowed on Garden property, including all buildings, grounds, restrooms and parking lots. No alcohol or illegal drugs may be brought into the Garden. Alcohol may only be served at Garden-sponsored events or contracted events.

Where do I report emergencies?
Visitors should notify the Garden personnel of any emergencies. While visitors may attempt to phone outside the Garden for an emergency response, please note that cell phone reception is not consistent throughout the site.

Can my group conduct a meeting at the Garden?
Click here for information regarding rental space for meetings, weddings, receptions, or other organized events.

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