Getting To Know The Biblical Botanical Garden

Achievement: #6. Biblical Botanical Garden

One of the best things about our fair city is this: not only is there always something to do, but there’s always something free to do. Between gallery crawls and boat races and the dozens of chances to see fireworks, there is always something cool you can check out, even if you’re strapped for cash. One of those places is the Biblical Botanical Garden at Rodef Shalom in Oakland.

Biblical Botanical Garden
I’m still not quite sure how we found about this little gem in the first place, but I’d had it on the list a year or two before we finally got to check it out.

Biblical Botanical Garden
The garden is open every day but Friday, from June 1st through September 15th. On Wednesdays, you can explore it in the evening as well. That’s what we opted to do, catching it on one of its final nights in August. (There are no lights in the garden, so the evening hours wind down as sunset falls earlier and earlier.)

Biblical Botanical Garden
The centerpiece of the garden is this lovely pond, which connects to a flowing waterfall in the back.

Biblical Botanical Garden
Throughout the garden, the plants are labeled by name. Anything that ‘sounds’ biblical (such as plants with ‘angel’ in the name) that wasn’t specifically mentioned in the Bible gets a brown placard. Anything that can be found in a biblical verse gets a white placard, and the verse is listed beneath it.

Biblical Botanical Garden
While the garden is on the small side, they’ve made excellent use of the space, and there are so many beautiful plants.

Biblical Botanical Garden
Trellis in the center of the garden.

Biblical Botanical Garden
Rodef Shalom above the garden.

Biblical Botanical Garden
A section of the garden featuring edible plants from the Bible.

Biblical Botanical Garden
More edible plants. Each year, the garden has a different theme. This year’s theme was Dining with Queen Esther. In addition to seeing the edible plants mentioned in the Bible, we were given some literature which talked more about the different foods that became available via travelers coming from Asia.

Biblical Botanical Garden
Here’s the little waterfall in the back of the garden. This is a great place to walk through to relax and clear your mind.

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Lily pads on the pond.

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I loved these leaves, which looked like they were just on the verge of starting to change for the fall!

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And finally, perhaps the most recognizable plant from the Bible: palms! I didn’t know we could grow these here in Pittsburgh, but they were thriving!

Biblical Botanical Garden
The Biblical Botanical Garden is staffed with volunteers who are very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions you have. During the season, there are different events and guided tours held at the garden. But even if you don’t have time to take in a full guided tour, you can pop in for a quick stroll through the gardens and enjoy this fantastic (and free) Pittsburgh original!

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  1. Woubbie

    Wow, I never knew that existed! I’ve only been to Rodef Shalom a couple of times – once to see the late, great Karl Haas give a program, and once with the Boy Scouts on the day after Thanksgiving for their Ten Commandments Walk. Never heard of the garden, though. We have to go sometime next year! Thanks, guys!

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