With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, Chatham University's Shadyside campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Located on a campus founded in 1869, Chatham's 39-acre campus encompasses a 32-acre arboretum featuring 115 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom, as well aa, an inviting place to stroll and to meditate. In 1998 Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA), now known as the American Public Garden Association (APGA).
The American Public Garden Association (APGA) is the association for North American public gardens and their professional staff. Its mission is to serve and strengthen public gardens throughout North America by supporting and promoting their work, value and achievements in horticultural display, education, research and plant conservation.
ar·bo·re·tum, n[NL, fr. L, plantation of trees, fr. arbor] (1938) 1: a place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes 2: a living outdoor classroom 3: a growing gift from the past to the future 4: a natural extension of Chatham's academic programs 5: a place of celebration, a place of peace.