Monday, August 14, 2017

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

A couple of weekends ago, we decided to visit the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden near Settlers Cabin Park. I'm surprised it took so long for us to go check it out since it's only about 5 minutes from where we live. 
It was a beautiful day when we went, not too hot, not too cool. Along the trails are mailboxes with information inside about the trees, flowers, shrubs, etc.
I love how the pond is now clean and alive after years of coal mine contamination.
We went across the bridge and stopped partway for a closer look at the lily pads and flowers.
Lots & lots of lily pads.
The site says there is a mile of ADA accessible trails. Perhaps, technically, this is correct, but some parts, like the path leading to the gazebo near Dogwood Meadow, get quite steep and there are lots of rocks and tree roots that made it very bumpy and difficult. We ended up leaving me off to the side while SP went on and then circled back. The path to the Lotus Pond is not as steep but can be quite bumpy with rocks and twigs big enough to stop the wheelchair and send me lurching forward. The path across the bridge and up to the Asian Woodlands is pretty steep and we had to take me backwards up the hill because of how steep it was and the rocks and ruts. A wheelchair with different casters or a motorized one would probably not have as difficult a time as I did.
But I survived, no mishaps, and thank goodness for the seatbelt on the wheelchair! Across the street near the parking lot are the apple orchard, log house, and heritage chickens.

We really enjoyed walking around, and sitting on the benches. Next time, I think I'd take a book and sit near the pond while SP walked the non-accessible trails to the Hermit Hut, Apiary, and Giant Bird's Nest areas. There were a lot of families there and the kids seemed to enjoy running along the paths and reading the information in the mailboxes. Definitely a good place to spend a beautiful summer day. I imagine it'd especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.

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