Master gardener and Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens volunteer Martha Swiss will discuss the history of the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens and share some plans for the future 7 pm, Wednesday, May 3. "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. But with 460 acres, we’re just beginning to blossom," says Swiss. "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."
Martha Swiss will then lead a tour of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Tour 10 am, Saturday May 13, Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens Bayer Welcome Center 799 Pinkerton Run Road Oakdale, PA 15071. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for some moderate walking. There is a picnic area near the parking lot for those who would like to pack lunch. Call 412-531-1912 to register for the tour. There will be a $10 fee, payable the day the tour.