Earth Day is fast approaching on April 22nd! It is a day that was created to demonstrate support for environmental protection, and to celebrate how beautiful our Earth is. A great way to celebrate this Earth Day in Pittsburgh is to visit Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. The garden is one of the top 10 largest botanical gardens in America, and was founded in 1988.
With Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) and Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood) ready to bloom in the botanical garden, there is so much to see and admire as you wander the 60 acres of gardens and woodlands.
Your day at the Garden is the perfect mini-getaway for your entire family. Along the pathway in the Garden of the Five Senses, children of all ages can discover nature through their senses in areas such as Digging In, Soothing Sounds, Eye Spy, and Sniff and Savor. It’s a great way to establish a love for planet Earth!
Visitors can enjoy lunch, or a cup of coffee at the Canopy Café, which is located in Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Welcome Center. This new casual spot offers a light lunch of several varieties of quiches, salads and sandwiches between 11 am – 2 pm. The outdoor terrace offers the sights and sounds of the surrounding evergreens. For those who wish to dine indoors, the spectacular view continues with the wall of windows.
Other garden activities include the Pollinator Trail, a series of hands-on stations to learn about pollinators, why they are important, and how humans can help them; Tree Times, which offer news of native trees and the history of the country; and the Discovery Cart, filled with interesting artifacts to learn more about plants and nature. Garden areas to explore include the Hillside Pollinator Garden, the Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow and Japanese Garden featuring the Lotus Pond.
For more information and to reserve your timed ticket, visit PittsburghBotanicGarden.org or call 412-444-4464. Join as a Member and your admission is free for a year! Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is celebrating spring, with cheerful daffodil bulbs and more blooms arriving each day as Pittsburgh starts to warm up. Don’t miss out on a wonderful adventure. Discover all that the region’s natural beauty has to offer!
How are you planning on celebrating Earth Day this year?This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.