On Friday, May 11, Pittsburgh will recognize Pittsburgh Garden Trail Day, as proclaimed by Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, William Peduto. Activities will be held at the seven founding gardens: Carrie Furnaces (a Rivers of Steel site), Chatham University Arboretum, The Frick Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden on this honorary day of celebration.
Pittsburgh Garden Trail is a collection of gardens in Pittsburgh open to the public, providing opportunities for visitors to interact with nature in a variety of beautiful and peaceful settings. Each garden is distinct, including outdoor and indoor areas for a variety of displays, exhibits and special events that garden lovers will enjoy throughout the year. Organizations will hold special activities on Friday, May 11 to celebrate Pittsburgh Garden Trail Day.
Commemorative Pittsburgh Garden Trail Day activities on May 11, also recognized nationally as National Public Gardens Day, are listed on each organization’s website. Activities include:
Carrie Furnaces (A Rivers of Steel site) — free previews of the new tour Post-Industrial: the Arts & Grounds Tour offered from 2 – 8 p.m.
Chatham University Arboretum — free tour of the Arboretum offered from noon – 2 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
The Frick Pittsburgh — Visitors are welcome to explore six acres of lush grounds, gardens and a working greenhouse, making the most of their visit with the new landscape app, which is available for free on the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens — 50% off admission to Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion, and May Market event open to the public 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden — Buy one admission get one free (or one free guest admission for members) and showcase of the Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow, including hands-on activities between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium — Join the Zoo’s polar bear mascot for a photo opportunity and participate in giveaways from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden — stop by the Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden’s booth at the Pittsburgh Zoo, where you can find information on upcoming special exhibits and events
Most gardens are open for self-guided tours, encouraging guests to visit and explore each one.
To further engage in the celebration, guests are encouraged to take a photo at each garden they visit and share it on social media using the hashtag #PGTDay on May 11.