What Do You Know About the Former Pittsburgh Cut Flower Property?

Northern Tier Library event celebrates past and envisions future for the property on Bakerstown Road. Allegheny Land Trust is in the process of acquiring the property and transforming it into a solar farm and green space.

Have you driven past the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property on Bakerstown Road and wondered why 10 acres of greenhouses have been abandoned and taken over by native trees and plants that push through the glass panes?

Maybe you remember when that site was the flourishing Pittsburgh Cut Flower operation that grew millions of roses and other flowers for decades. Perhaps you or a loved one worked there.

A history of the property and a vision for its future all come together at a 1 p.m. event on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Northern Tier Library.

The public is invited to the gathering that celebrates the history of the 180-acre parcel in the northwestern part of Richland Township with speakers and displays of unique artifacts from the Pittsburgh Cut Flower's glory days.

The historical discussion will be followed with a visioning exercise designed to solicit community input about the future for the property.

Allegheny Land Trust has a vision to transform the dilapidated site from an eyesore into a solar farm and green space. The nonprofit has a contract to buy the land from Florida-based Legacy Landings LLC and has been raising funds for more than a year to pay the $1.4 million price.

Pittsburgh Cut Flower purchased the Richland property in 1901 and operated there until 1990. It has been in business for more than a century and still has locations in Pittsburgh's Strip District and Erie.  

Walk-ins are welcome for the Feb. 9 event, or you can pre-register at the library. For information or to register, please call the library at 724-449-BOOK (2665). Refreshments will be served. 


Do you remember the days when Pittsburgh Cut Flower was operating? What was it like? What do you think about Allegheny Land Trust's plans? Tell us in the comments.


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Ted Eck January 25, 2013 at 08:02 PM
What will be done about the millions of gallons of pesticides applied thru the years?
Cindy Cusic Micco January 28, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Ted, That's a good question. A cleanup has started on the property—there have been concerns particularly about asbestos there. Here's a link to a story about the cleanup: http://pine-richland.patch.com/articles/work-begins-on-former-pittsburgh-cut-flower-property
Howard Manns March 25, 2013 at 01:36 PM
I was out of town during the Tier Library meeting. Will there be any more meetings? Also, I just read the article in the IN Community magazine and it mentions that scores of ideas were collected and will be evaluated. Can ideas still be submitted and if so, where or what is the process?


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