Courtesy The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
September 1
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Soak up every last moment of summer during a special free day at The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Swinging open its doors in Oakdale, the regional attraction is offering free admission for all ages on Thursday, September 1, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
Courtesy Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Wander along miles of wooded hiking trails, traverse inviting forested slopes, stroll through vast open meadows, and discover surprises around every corner.

Bring your camera to document your experiences in the natural environment and relax by the award-winning Lotus Pond and wander through the breathtaking Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow.

After decades of planning, the 640-acre green space—which is on the lower third of Settlers Cabin Park—opened to the public in spring of 2015. Encompassing reclaimed forest lands that were previously farmed, logged and mined during Pittsburgh’s gritty, industrial past, the site is being nurtured back to life as a one-of-a-kind outdoor destination.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
Courtesy Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

The garden also features a 60-acre Woodlands Area, interactive “Exploration Stations” for families, and a beautifully restored 1870s-era barn that serves as the Bayer Welcome Center. Don’t miss the historic homestead with its log cabin, heritage apple orchard, sheep and chickens.

A world-class example of reclamation and stewardship, The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is slated to become one of the country’s largest botanic gardens—with 20 distinct gardens and four diverse woodland experiences. A member of the American Association of Museums and American Public Gardens Association, the site also offers educational resources, event space and background about the region’s organically revived ecosystems.

The rain or shine Free Day at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is made possible by the Jack Buncher Foundation.

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Jennifer BaronEvents & Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.