Garden of Five Senses opens July 30 at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opens its newest garden area, the Garden of the Five Senses, on July 30. This much anticipated garden is the perfect place for families to play, laugh and learn while connecting to nature through their senses.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. on July 30 to officially open this feature and welcome members and guests into this interactive garden. Registration is required for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and additional information can be found at or by calling 412-444-4464.

The whimsical Garden of the Five Senses is a journey of discovery and fun. Designed for all ages, visitors can engage in nature in unique ways as they explore the sights and sounds of the woodlands. The paved pathway through the Garden of the Five Senses links together different zones, each one focusing on a different sense.

In addition to the senses of touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste, some of the key features focus on balance, movement and spatial orientation. Areas such as Digging In, Eye Spy, and Soothing Sounds offer variety of ways for children to explore nature to the best of their abilities. Guests can easily move between each zone or stay to play in their favorite one.

This outdoor experience includes climbing the spider web, or playing the flower “cymbals.” Children can also examine up close what lives in the soil and in a decomposing tree. The Weisbrod Learning Pavilion will be a place of activities and programs which will engage young minds.

Throughout its spacious 60 acres of gardens and woodlands, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, located in Oakdale, offers a whole day of adventure. In addition to Garden of the Five Senses, families, children, and gardeners will be delighted by following a butterfly through the meadow, discovering a native cultivar to plant at home or finding a moment to relax by the Lotus Pond. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden recommends purchasing a timed ticket online. During a visit, guests are asked to wear a mask in the Bayer Welcome Center, and to be courteous along the paths when encountering another group.

Daily Admission includes access to all the display gardens, such as Garden of the Five Senses, Japanese Garden, Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow, Peirce Celebration Garden and the Allegheny Plateau Woodlands.  For hours, visitation guidelines and to get your timed admission ticket, please visit