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Get Ready for Pittsburgh 2014!
Courtesy of Denise Schreiber

As a born and bred Pittsburgher, I have heard it all when it comes to what people say about Pittsburgh. I can tell you that almost none of it is true. We are a crazy sports city that bleeds black and gold, but we are so much more than that.

We have world-class museums including the Hunt Institute for Botanic Illustration. We’ve cleaned up our rivers, so much so that Bald eagles now make their homes along our riverbanks for fishing with their young. Peregrine falcons roost in our skyscrapers feeding on pigeons and other delicacies. We’ve hosted the Bassmasters tournaments. Our three rivers, also known as the Point, are the “Gateway to the West” and was the beginning point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Our third river is the Ohio that feeds into the mighty Mississippi.

The steel mills are gone except for a few, and this is now a city of high tech and groundbreaking medical breakthroughs. Yes, we have four seasons, and there’s something to love about each one of them. There’s nothing more breathtaking than a spring morning or a fall afternoon in Western Pennsylvania. It’s so beautiful it makes your heart cry. And when it snows, and it does snow, when we wake up the next morning our homes are still in the same place!

We’re the 8th greenest city in the United States. Our convention center is Gold LEED certified in new construction and Platinum in existing construction. We have more than 50,000 acres of green space within the metropolitan Pittsburgh region including a four-acre state park in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh! The Phipps Conservatory Center’s new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is expected to meet or exceed the world’s three highest green standards: The Living Building Challenge™ and Sustainable Sites Initiative™; SITES™ certification for landscapes; and LEED® Platinum. One of the world’s most famous homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater, is near Pittsburgh. This Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece is a timeless monument to organic architecture at its best.

We were named one of the “best places to visit” in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler. We've been named “best place to live” more than once, most romantic city, best place to raise children, and more. We have more bridges than Venice, Italy. You can take a ride on a riverboat or a bike tour around the perimeter of the city.

There's plenty of nightlife with restaurants, galleries, clubs and more. There's also plenty of daylight life, too! Visit the Strip District, home to the famous Primanti brothers sandwich, as well as food purveyors who will tempt you with cheeses from all over the world and meats that are hand cut and cured. Visit a craft brewer or a pottery shop.

If you want panoramic views, you've come to the right place. The view from Mt. Washington is so spectacular that it was ranked second in 2003 as "one of the most beautiful places" because of the scenery. And we have our own language too!

Learn from Experts
Our Symposium Program Chair for this year is GWA Vice President Kirk Brown who is putting together a program that will best address our objectives. We invite all garden communicators to take advantage of everything this meeting and its host city have to offer. If you have a program topic you wish to present, visit our Call for Presentations page.

Gather Story Ideas

The Local Arrangements Committee is working to establish the best possible story tour schedule. You will be delighted with the beautiful public and private gardens of Pittsburgh.

Stay for Optional Tours

Those of you interested in more garden tour opportunities are invited to attend the optional tours on Tuesday morning, August 12th. There is much to do and learn; so, sign up early and make sure you take advantage of everything this year’s meeting offers.


Plan Ahead for Pasadena, California in 2015.
Save the date for the 67th Annual Symposium. Join us September 18 - 21, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center along with the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel and the Hilton Pasadena.


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