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Hartwood Gardens Rich History Preserved


Fueled by a love of gardening and a passion for documenting historic gardens, Allegheny County Parks Foundation board member Sally Foster ensured that the gardens at Hartwood Mansion will forever be remembered.  As an active member of the Garden History and Design Committee of the Garden Club of Allegheny County, Sally documented the gardens' rich history, which was formally accepted into the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America Collection, 2012.  ACPF placed a marker at the Hartwood Gardens, commemorating the occasion.


Hartwood Acres Park was originally an equestrian estate, built in 1927-29, by Mary and John Lawrence.  Allegheny County purchased the estate in 1969, saving the wonderful property for all county residents to enjoy forever! The Tudor style home, stables and gatehouse were designed by architect Alfred Hopkins, and the buildings were designated as a Pittsburgh Landmark by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation in 1997.


Mary Lawrence was a dedicated gardener and a member of the Garden Club of Allegheny County for many years.  She hired only the best landscape architects of the time to help her design for the formal garden, the terrace gardens, the hemlock court where croquet and badminton were played, vegetable gardens which are no longer in use, and exceptional trees. Rose Greely, a landscape architect from Washington, DC, worked there in the 1930's, along with Pittsburgh landscape architect Ralph Griswold.


The garden designs remain as originally planned, although the plant material varies each year. The perennial garden has plants blooming from March to late fall. In response to the decline of the Monarch butterfly, a Monarch Waystation with plants that attract the Monarch and other butterflies was added in 2012.


When you visit, be sure to look for the dog cemetery located in the formal garden area, and if you happen to see Sally tending the gardens, please thank her for preserving the rich history of the Hartwood gardens!


 To view the Hartwood gardens in the Smithsonian collection, visit 




North Park Lake Trail Ambassadors Program
Kick-off meeting Thursday, August 6 from 5:30-6:45 pm
North Park Boathouse, 2nd Floor
Come be a part of completing the final section of the  5-mile loop of the
North Park Lake Trail  along Pearce Mill Road.

Allegheny County Parks Guide to 
Summer Programs and Events
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The mission of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation is to help improve, conserve, maintain, protect, preserve and restore Allegheny County park facilities and open spaces, and also to support educational, recreational, natural and cultural activities. The foundation assists in the transformation of the nine Allegheny County parks by assembling resources, improving assets, and mobilizing public and private stakeholders to advance strategies and aspirations to make parks signature assets of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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James Mitnick - Chair

Ellen Still Brooks - Vice Chair

Rick Rose - Treasurer

Sally McCrady - Secretary

Thomas W. Armstrong

Chip Babst

Bill Bates

Carol Brown 

G. Reynolds Clark

Karen Wolk Feinstein

Sally Foster

Pat Getty

Nancy Knauss

John Mascaro, Jr.

Tom Murphy

Dan Onorato

Thomas Sterling

John P. Surma

Rich Fitzgerald - Ex Officio

John DeFazio - Ex Officio

William McKain - Ex Officio

Stephen Shanley - Ex Officio

Andy Baechle - Ex Officio

Caren Glotfelty, Executive Director - Ex Officio