West Virginia Botanic Garden

Rob Paine WVA Botanic Garden

During a recent trip to Western Maryland I made a quick trip to the West Virginia Botanic Garden outside Morgantown, W.Va.  The garden is located few miles off  I-68.  It is a little bit off the beaten path but if you hang in there and follow the garden’s Web site directions you will find it is well worth the trip. (Please see more text and second photo below)

The top photo was taken in a small garden just beyond the main entrance to the garden on Tyrone Road. The West Virginia Botanic Garden is located on the site of a former reservoir which went out of service in 1969. The property includes a wetland boardwalk, a loop trail ( about .7 miles) and several woodland trails. It is a great place to see flowers, butterflies, birds and other forms of wildlife.  There is no charge to visit the garden.  The garden might also make a nice day trip for those in the Pittsburgh Area.  Its roughly 90 miles or so from downtown Pittsburgh.

I shot the photo below while walking the loop trail. There were dozens of butterflies flying and landing on some of the taller plants.

web butterfly wva


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