There are certain places on the planet that exist to enthrall us. The Symphony Splendor committee has selected a bumper crop of 12 such urban sanctuaries that are ablaze with floral fireworks, lavish beds and borders, soothing spaces with splashing water and darting elegant fish, formal and informal gardens where wonders never cease – including one of the most talked about botanical marvels: a Smithsonian Institution designated garden. There isn’t a single wallflower among them and many have never been open to the public before.
Another high note is the enchantment of melodies by a PSO musician or musical ensemble in several gardens (weather permitting). To benefit our world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
A limited number of patrons will have the opportunity to travel between gardens on an air-conditioned bus with a guide. Tickets for garden admission plus bus and guide are $95 and must be purchased in advance.
PLEASE NOTE: We have secured another bus with limited seating. If you wish to be put on a waiting list for seats if this bus sells out, please give us both a phone number AND an email address where we may contact you.
Tickets: Advance sale, $50, self-guided tour ONLY; Day of Tour, $60. Bus tour WITH garden admission, $95 each.
$60 Day-of-tour tickets will be available only at the ticket counter at the Mansions on Fifth . These are subject to availability.
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
ONLINE: Tickets ($50) for the self-guided tour may be purchased online using a credit card (link below). The gardens may be toured in any order.
PRINT OR DIGITALLY SAVE YOUR RECEIPT OR ACKNOWLEGEMENT (take a picture of the computer screen with your phone OR print the screen: CTRL-P on Windows, CMD-P or flower key-P for Macs and save to a file you can locate). NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED. Bring printed or digital copies of your receipts (or receipt facsimile if purchasing by phone) to the ticket booth, which will be located at Mansions on Fifth, 5105 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. You must exchange your receipt or receipt facsimile for the garden brochure, which is your admission to each garden.
PHONE: Tickets may also be purchased over the phone via 412.392.3303. Leave your name and phone number; your call will be returned and your information taken. Please leave both a phone number AND an email address.
In order to ensure an enjoyable day for all participants, we ask that you observe the following guidelines.
o The tour begins at 11:00 AM and concludes at 5:00 PM. Begin your tour at the ticket booth, 5105 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, where you will exchange your printed or digital purchase receipt (or a printed ticket if you purchased by phone) for your brochure which lists the garden addresses with a bit of information about each. YOU MUST PRESENT THIS BROCHURE TO BE ADMITTED TO EACH GARDEN. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT THE BROCHURE.
0 Gardens can be toured in any order, with tour docents in each garden. Please respect owner privacy of roped-off areas and closed doors.
o Please do not block driveways, and park on the INDICATED SIDE OF THE STREET so that residents, buses and tour guests can travel easily.
o You may take photographs of the gardens. No tripods, please.
o Eating and smoking are not permitted in any of the gardens. Water bottles are permitted. Please use trash receptacles when discarding anything.
o Children 12 and over are welcome with an adult and a ticket.
o Bring your umbrellas if it is raining. The tour goes on, rain or shine. Your ticket purchase is a donation and is not refundable.
0 Wear comfortable shoes.
PARTICIPANTS PROCEED ON THE GARDEN TOUR AT THEIR OWN RISK.