Herb Society Gardens of Historic Saltsburg

DIRECTIONS: From Indiana, head west on Route 286. Saltsburg is about a 30-minute drive.

A.  Saltsburg Borough Office Building
Directions: 
Entering Saltsburg on 286, turn left onto Point Street (Shop 'n Save store), go 2 blocks up the hill to the Borough Office and garden.

 

The garden, begun in 1994, was the first Historic Saltsburg Herb Society Garden.  It is a combination of herbs, perennials, and small shrubs in a raised bed around the flagpole.  Annual herbs and flowers are added each season.

 

B.  The Rebecca B. Hadden Stone House Museum and Gardens
Directions:
Entering Saltsburg on 286 South, turn right onto Point Street, house #105 on your left near the bottom of the hill.

 

The gardens were started in 1995 by the Herb Society of Historic Saltsburg as a tribute to Rebecca Hadden, long-time leader of the Saltsburg Historical Association and donor of the Stone House Museum.  These small, charming, patchwork gardens form a Sampler of 19th Century Gardens include: The Fernery (a deep shade garden), a Sideyard Kitchen garden, a Rose Garden, Garden of the Everlastings, a Victorian Silver Garden and a Medicinal Garden.  Historic relics of Saltsburg are incorporated throughout the gardens.  Garden Hours:  open daily with self-guided tour sheets in the "white mailbox" as you enter.  Museum Summer Hours:  Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

 

C.  Washington Street Steps Garden
Directions:
  Entering Saltsburg on 286 South, turn left where 286 turns toward the bridge.  You are in the Presbyterian Church parking lot at the bottom of the Washington Street steps.

 

This garden was begun in 1996 by the Herb Society of Historic Saltsburg.  It consists of a Lower Bed of Herbs, the Narrow Steps Border (a mixture of herbs and some perennials on your left as you climb the steps) and three small Half Circle Beds around light poles on your right.

 

D.  River's Edge Park and Gardens
Directions
:  Located at the end of Point Street.

 

The River's Edge Park overlooking the Conemaugh River was built by the employees of Max Construction Co. in memory of its founder, William I. Maxwell.  A pleasant walk with picnic tables connects to the Saltsburg Canal Park.  Bikers and hikers can connect to the lower section of the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail (Blairsville to Freeport - a distance of 48 river miles).

 

Gardens include:
River's Edge Wildflower Gardens

- Planted in May 1997 to accent and decorate the River's Edge Boardwalk and Band Stand.  Plants include natives or ferals (escaped from the settler's gardens) growing wild in the area.

 

River's Edge Shade Garden

- Begun in June 1997, this is a mixed cosmetic bed that includes small shrubs, vines, perennials, some annuals and herbs.

 

River's Edge Flag Pole Garden

- Started in 1999.  Plantings include flowering bulbs, evergreen plants, and red/white/blue flowers for the main season.