Pashek + MTR principal Missy Marshall was part of the team that prepared the original Master Plan for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, which sought to restore the land and establish a public garden on a County Park site that had been severely damaged by coal mining in the early 1900s. Pashek + MTR prepared the site design for the first phase of development, which converted an existing 1870s barn into a visitor center and event space. We designed the Celebration Garden, which has an outdoor fireplace and is configured to accommodate tents to extend the indoor/outdoor event area. The terrace opens onto a lawn surrounded by perennial borders. A rustic stone wall and wood doors frame the space and serve as a focal point for wedding ceremonies on the lawn. Since officially opening to the public in 2014, the Garden has seen thousands of new visitors and hundreds of volunteers, as well as an influx of funding to aid in the next phase of Garden development.
Pashek+MTR is the landscape architect on the design team for the next phase of expansion, which includes a new Welcome Center designed by Overland Partners, expanded entry drive and parking with four seasons garden planting, an entrance garden with a decorative screen wall, an education terrace with amphitheater seating and water feature, and new accessible connections to the garden trail network. The new Welcome Center and Gardens are scheduled to open in 2020.