FLAGSTAFF HILL WOODLAND GARDEN OVERVIEW The project also reinterprets the historic 1930s azalea garden as a woodland garden using a sustainable native plant palette, including azaleas.
This popular landmark, directly opposite Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, attracts visitors year-round who enjoy its panoramic views of the Oakland neighborhood and city skyline. Project goals are to preserve the site’s historic integrity, improve its ecological health, and increase its use. A chief component is restoring the historic hand-hewn stone entry steps, retaining walls, and overlook terrace. The project also addresses pedestrian barriers by reconstructing the seriously deteriorated main path connecting the site’s east and west entrances where new gardens will be created. New benches along the path will help to revive Flagstaff’s popularity as a spot for enjoying Pittsburgh’s skyline. In addition, the overlook terrace will be repaved with stone dust to improve its use as a space for individuals and small groups.
EHANCING PITTSBURGH'S GREENSPACE
The project also reinterprets the historic 1930s azalea garden as a woodland garden using a sustainable native plant palette, including azaleas. This approach will extend throughout the wooded areas to benefit what is today an ecologically unhealthy greenspace, its lack of understory plantings creating a stormwater runoff and erosion problem. New shrubs and groundcovers will limit further erosion while taking up water and slowing its flows downslope.