If you venture out into the wilderness one last time before getting into fall, make an extra effort to get to The Pittsburgh Botanical Garden. It was founded in 1988 by horticulturists who envisioned a world-class outdoor garden for the Pittsburgh area by transforming 460 acres of abandoned mining land. We discovered it by happenstance driving someone to the airport.
This year, the Garden opened on a permanent, year-round basis. There are all kinds of experiences: a children’s sensory garden, a restored log cabin, chickens in the apple orchard, reforesting with 1,500 saplings, wonderful meadows, and a restored lily pond to name a few of the stand-outs.