First Phase Of New Botanic Garden Now Open

Nature lovers might want to check this out.

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In a woodsy corner of Oakdale, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opened its first 60 acres Friday morning.

“We have three miles of trails, and one of them is handicapped accessible,” says development director Kitty Vagley. She says there are more to come, on the remaining 400 acres of what was once farm country.

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“And then it slowly became much more industrialized,” she explained. “In the 1920s, the mining industry really came in and did deep mining. They came back in the 1940s and did strip-mining on the site.”

Allegheny County bought the property, but decades passed before a reclamation effort finally took root.

“In 2010, we started work on this 60 acres,” Vagley recalls.

The 19th century barn will be transformed into an events and education center. School groups have been coming since 2011.

“There’s two caterpillars on there right now,” says…

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