Seven Pittsburgh Home and Garden Tours You’ll Want to Explore This Summer

Here’s your chance to be nebby in some of the area’s most gorgeous, and historic, homes and gardens.

photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden


What’s inside some of Pittsburgh’s most gorgeous homes and gardens? From historical stunners to sleek modern manses, here’s a roundup of the garden tours you’ll want to check out this summer.

Lawrenceville Hospitality Garden Tour

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 24
Where: Maps will be available at the Butler Street Entrance to Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.
What: The 13 gardens and backyards featured on the Hospitality Garden Tour range from the traditional to spaces that grow edibles and herbs, and there even are some that sport water features or sculptures. Refreshments may be available at some locations, as will gardeners willing to share their expertise with guests. Bonus: This tour is free.

East North Side House Tour

When: 11 to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 16
Where: East Deutschtown, Spring Garden and Troy Hill. 
What: Explore private homes, businesses and architectural landmarks in the first ever East North Side House Tour. Trolley service will be provided between the East Deutschtown, Spring Garden and Troy Hill neighborhoods and guests also will receive special discounts at local businesses. Admission is $15 for adults. There is no fee for children younger than 12, but kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Proceeds benefit neighborhood beautification programs.

Holmes Hall photo by Cheyenne Knight 

A Summer Evening in Old Allegheny

When: 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 22, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 23 or 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Where: Holmes Hall, 719 Brighton Road, North Side
What: Explore some of the most lavishly landscaped and decorated spaces in the Allegheny West Historic District of Pittsburgh’s North Side — while drinking wine. The tour kicks off at historic Holmes Hall and features six additional homes, gardens or other historic structures. Come hungry as well as thirsty. A wine sample and paired appetizer will be served at each location. The cost is $75 per person.

South Side Home Tour & Neighborhood Art Walk

When: 11 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Where: Check-in at 2000 Mary St., South Side
What: Explore the South Side’s residential realm with this self-guided walking tour featuring everything from repurposed lofts to new condos to restored historic homes. New this year, the tour will include “Art Stops” throughout the neighborhood, but leave the kids at home. Children age 12 and younger are not permitted to tour homes. Tickets are $18 when purchased in advance and $20 on the day of the event. The tour supports the South Side Community Council.  

photo by chuck beard

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Town & Country Tour

When: Full day tours from 8-8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and half-day tours from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday, June 24.
Where: Pickup locations for the bus tours are at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Carnegie Mellon University and the Mt. Lebanon Public Library.
What: Get to know the South Hills as the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden hosts its annual Town & Country Tour on June 24. In addition to self-guided tours, the event offers full-day and half-day guided bus tours. This year’s tour features 14 gardens in Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon. Ticket prices for non-members of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden begin at $55 for the self-guided tour and range up to $135 for the full-day bus tour. Ticket prices for members begin at $45 and range up to $120 for the full-day bus tour.

Observatory Hill Home & Outdoor Spaces Tour

When: 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 24
Where: Registration is at the corner of Perrysville and Riverview avenues on the North Side’s Observatory Hill neighborhood.
What: There’s plenty to explore — and consume — at the Observatory Hill Home & Outdoor Spaces Tour. Some of this year’s homes, gardens and porches will be used to showcase performances and crafts by local artisans, among them painters, glassmakers, jewelers and photographers. Back by popular demand, there will be craft beer tastings from local breweries as well as spirit and cider tastings from local distilleries. For those looking to grab a bite to eat, there will be a roundup of local food trucks. Tickets are $15 when purchased in advance and $18 on the day of the tour. Proceeds benefit Observatory Hill Inc.

Manchester House + Garden Tour

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5
Where: Colonel James Anderson House, 1423 Liverpool St., North Side
What: Sponsored by the Manchester Historic Society, the Manchester House + Garden Tour features a number of diverse North Side homes that range from high Victorian to funky chic. Guests also will enjoy live music, crafts and food from local residents and businesses. Tickets are $15 when purchased in advance or $20 on the day of the event.


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