With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Chatham’s 39-acre campus encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students, as well as an inviting place to stroll and to meditate. In 1998 Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA), now know as the American Public Garden Association (APGA).
Criteria used for ranking included size of collection, how long the garden has been established, opportunities for college students and connection with the community. Chatham’s arboretum was credited for having “excellent educational opportunities” as well as beautiful scenery.
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