Pennsylvania Gardens and Arboretums
One of my hobbies is gardening. Some days, all I need to make me feel better is to put my hands in dirt and plant something. I love to watch what I plant grow and bloom as time moves along. Flowers and plants just have a way of brightening up a day. An enjoyable way to spend a day would be taking a walk through some of PA’s best gardens and arboretums. The link above will give you a list to gardens and arboretums near you in PA.
Here are some of the ones closest to where I live.
Laurel Hill State Park
This park is beautiful and peaceful. I was here a few years ago. We camped out (RV Style-More Glamping than Camping). It was such a wonderful time! Thankfully, I was with an experienced camper, since I am not, haha. It was such an enjoyable weekend! Now, I’m in the mood for a campfire, some hobo pies, wine (yes, a glass of wine) and s’mores!!! I’d love to go back! The park was clean and well kept.
Ohiopyle State Park
Although this was not listed on the webpage, this park hits close to home. I recently drove up here since this park is very close to where I live. I had the windows down, and the drive to Ohiopyle was just absolutely gorgeous! There are bike trails, restaurants and pubs, white water rafting, and so much more. There are natural water slides. Cucumber Falls is a must see! I recommend getting some ice cream or eating at Firefly Grill or Falls City Pub! If you are spending some time up there, a few other attractions to visit would be Kentuck Knob, Fallingwater, and Nemacolin Woodlands. An intimate, beautiful, peaceful cafe that I suggest would be Bittersweet Cafe. It’s so important to take in the beauty so close around us! If you live in the Pittsburgh area, take a day or weekend and take a ride south, and explore the Laurel Highlands!
Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.
I love Phipps! It is beautiful to visit in any season. They have everything imaginable. Butterflies, palms, orchids, herbs, children’s discovery garden, bonsai, a Japanese garden, and more! They offer classes and have events throughout year. One of my favorite times to visit is during the Christmas season.
Botanic Garden of Western PA
I have not been here yet. It is also known as the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. This is on my bucket list! I really hope to explore it before summer ends. It looks like there are a variety of trails to walk on. It is only 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. There are adult workshops, geocaching challenges, and events.
There are many varieties of tree species. It is said to be a wonderful place to relax and meditate. The arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students. The grounds are perfect for a stroll.
Arboretum at Penn State
While this may be a bit of a drive from Pittsburgh, I had to put it on the list. I’m adding this to my bucket list as well! I’ve never toured the Arboretum at Penn State, but I am a PSU grad, so anything in State College, holds a special place in my heart! The last time I was up there visiting my cousins and celebrating my cousin, Caleigh’s 21st birthday, I noticed the arboretum. The weekend flew by and I didn’t have time to stop by. I love how their mission strives to achieve beauty and renewal. A venue for art, enrichment, and discovery. It is said they have gardens and groves, sculptures and special attractions, as well as a children’s garden. Another bonus is that there is no admission fee and free parking!
I am looking forward to visiting some of these local gardens and arboretums this summer. Have you been to any of these? What are some of your favorite garden and arboretums to visit?