Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dogwood - One of the Joys of Spring - Ready to Bloom at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Dogwood - One of the Joys of Spring
As of Friday, April 22, the dogwoods at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden were “beginning to show brightness of color and ready to bloom” according to chief executive officer, Christie Koebley.

With the hint of dogwood blossoms in the very near future, Koeblev said the botanic garden is still “very pretty at the moment with a profusion of daffodils and tulips.”

The garden is open:
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday CLOSED

Admission

Members: Always free
Adults: $9.00
Seniors 62+: $8.00
Student with ID: $8.00
Children 3-18: $6.00
Children under 3: Free
American Horticultural Society Members: Free                    
Discounts
$1 off for Allegheny County residents
$1 off for active military
The last ticket sale is 90 minutes before close.
For more information phone 412-444-4464 or visit www.pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.

Experience:
Three miles of groomed trails with a one-mile ADA-accessible trail. Off-road strollers and leashed dogs are welcome.
Exploration Stations to delight families are along the Forest Stories Trail.
A serene Asian lotus pond brought back to life after decades of pollution.
The Dogwood Trail winds through the Margaret Lawrence Simon meadow filled with wildflowers and charming birdhouses, a rustic gazebo and places to sit and enjoy nature.
Historic farmstead featuring a 1784 log cabin, heritage apple orchard, heirloom sheep and chickens.

Dogwood Festival
At the moment, the Pittsburgh Botanic garden is gearing up for its annual Dogwood Festival, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 8. The celebration begins with a Mother’s Day brunch at 9 a.m. in the beautifully restored 1870s barn. The fun continues with tours of  the Dogwood Meadow, live music and children’s nature-theme arts and crafts.

Other’s Day brunch requires preregistration and includes admission to the garden. To register, go to www.pittsburghbotanicgarden.org/brunch. The cost is $35 for adults, $15 for children, free to children under 3.

Highlights of the Festival include:
9 a.m. Children’s discovery cart – a mobile learning center that allows students of all ages to engane in an informal education activity.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Face painting
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch
Noon and 1 and 2 p.m. Tour of the Botanic Garden
1 p.m Decorate your own Dogwood Flower Cookie
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Live music by the Penn Quartet
2 to 4 p.m. Children’s Crafts 

Alert: Baldwin Road will be closed from March 17, 2016 until further notice
Directions: 
From Downtown via Interstate 376 West
Take Exit 62 marked Campbell Run Road
Turn left onto Campbell’s Run Road.
Take an immediate left onto Boyce Road. Follow Boyce up the hill (don’t return to the highway).
At the first intersection go straight – Boyce Road becomes McMichael Road.
In 0.2 mile there is a fork. Bear right staying on Cowan Road (Road sign is hard to see).
Follow Cowan Road 1.1 miles to stop sign at “T”.
Turn right onto Baldwin Road.
Follow Baldwin Road 0.7 miles, and make a right onto Pinkerton Run Road.
The Bayer Welcome Center is up ½ mile on the left.  Parking lot entrance is on right.

From North via Interstate 79 South
Take Exit 59B, following signs to I-376 West/ Airport.
Take Exit 62 marked Campbell Run Road.
Then pick up the suggested directions above for travel from Downtown.

From Pittsburgh Airport via Interstate 376 East
Take Exit 61 toward Ridge Road.
Turn right onto Ridge Road.
Go past the entrance to Settler’s Cabin Park/Wave Pool.  Ridge Rd. becomes a two-lane one-way road.  Continue on Ridge Rd. bearing right near the end of the one-way section and continue to the stop sign.
Turn right onto McMichael Road
In 0.2 mile bear right onto Cowan Road (McMichael goes sharply to left; Cowan Road sign is hard to see).
Follow Cowan Road 1.1 miles to stop sign.
At the “T” turn right onto Baldwin Road.
Follow Baldwin Road 0.7 miles, and make a right onto Pinkerton Run Road.
The Bayer Welcome Center is up ½ mile on the left.  Parking lot entrance is on right.

From Weirton, WV via US-22 East
Travel past the Hankey Farms exit to Interstate 376E; merge right toward Downtown Pittsburgh.
Take Exit 61 toward Ridge Road.
Turn right onto Ridge Road.
Then pick up the suggested directions above for travel from the Airport.

From Washington, PA via Interstate 79 North
Take Exit 57 Carnegie.
Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Oakdale.
Turn left onto W. Main Street.
Continue 4.1 miles along Noblestown Road/ State Route 3048.
Turn right onto Pinkerton Run Road.
The Bayer Welcome Center is up 1/2 mile on the left.  Parking lot entrance is on right.

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