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Best Indoor Gardens In Pittsburgh

November 4, 2010 5:47 PM

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(credit: phipps.conservatory.org)

(credit: phipps.conservatory.org)

Although outdoor gardens abound in Pittsburgh, the city also has a number of indoor gardens. Check out some picks from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette garden guru Doug Oster.
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(credit: phipps.conservatory.org)

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-622-6914
www.phipps.conservatory.org

This huge Victorian glasshouse is right across the Panther Hollow Bridge in Schenley Park and dates back to the 1800s. But along with the old, the new is just as impressive, as recent construction uses some of the most advanced green building practices. Seasonal flower shows ensure a regular display rotation.

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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Hunt Library, 5th Floor
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-268-2434
huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu

Although it’s not a garden, the Hunt Institute on the campus of CMU in Oakland is probably the world’s greatest collection of botanical art. Shows run most of the year with stunning artwork hung on beautiful dark walnut walls. It’s a place most Pittsburgh gardeners don’t know about, but should.

Greenhouse at the Frick Art & Historical Center

7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
412-371-0600
www.thefrickpittsburgh.org

The original greenhouse at the Frick Art & Historical Center was built in 1882 and replaced in 1897. The current greenhouse is based on the 1897 Alden & Harlow design. The greenhouse is used to grow flowers and vegetables, many of which are used in the Frick Art & Historical Center Café.

National Aviary

700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-323-7235
www.aviary.org

Visiting the National Aviary isn’t just for the birds! It also has plant displays in a variety of different climates including wetlands, grasslands and the tropical rainforest. The National Aviary also has a rose garden that is often used for weddings.

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