April 5, 1016
While I was visiting my daughter in Pittsburgh, I checked to see what public gardens were available. I found Pittsburgh had a Botanical Garden so scheduled time for a visit.
This garden is very much a work in progress. It is being built at the site of an old coal mine which is still leaching very acidic water full of aluminum. The garden has built a treatment field for the water and now has a pond that is no longer acidic and in which water lilies can grow. Of course, I was way too early to enjoy the waterlily blooms.
|Bridge of the lotus pond|
|View from the opposite end of the pond|
The garden is also spending a lot of time developing a wonderful children's area with lots of buildings and other artifacts. And on a trail leading into the woods from this area, I found a wonderful dragon.
|Work continues at the bottom of the children's garden|
|A building for the children to explore|
|The garden dragon|
|Some birds are always in the children's garden|
|I was glad to see wildflowers blooming along the trails|
|Some not-so-welcome garden visitors -staff are building fences to save their plants|
Another area in the woods had wonderful thatched roofs on tall tree stumps and quirky little houses that looked like they should belong to faeries or some other wee people. I also enjoyed a pile of wood, that was intricately painted and in front of which there was a dog built from the same wood.
|Stumps with thatched roofs|
|Closeup of carving and painting|
|Some of the fey houses|
|More spring bulbs|
There is also a meadow which I think will be beautiful in summer. But most of this garden is just native woods with soft trails through it. I enjoyed a peaceful walk of about three miles on the trails. I only found blooming bulbs but expect a lot more will be in bloom by late spring.
|The gazebo overlooking the meadow area|
The area just behind the garden center is the most formal and is used for weddings and other events.
|A huge fireplace anchors the formal garden|
|These were the only tulips in bloom|
|I think these are some very fancy jonquils|
The garden also includes an historic farm and has some sheep and chickens.
|The three resident sheep|
I can't wait to continue to visit this garden and watch its development.