Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

See the land of the Bible, the Holy Land

Visit the Biblical Lands, in Pittsburgh!


Welcome to the Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden:

Displaying the Agriculture, Horticulture, and Archeology of the Ancient Near East.

Enter a replica of ancient Israel in our Biblical Botanical Garden with more than 100 temperate and tropical plants. See the land of the Bible, the Holy Land, in a setting with a cascading waterfall, a desert, a bubbling stream, the Jordan, which meanders through the garden from Lake Kineret to the Dead Sea.

The garden features biblical plants, as well as numerous plants with biblical names. Such plants demonstrate the universal love of the Bible as people in each century gave local plants biblical names, such as “Moses in the Basket” or “Joseph’s Coat.”

Each season we focus on a special theme of ancient Near Eastern horticulture or religious concerns and add plants appropriate for that exhibit.

Brochures and books are available.




Biblical Botanical Garden
4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Garden HOURS

June 1st- September 15th

S: 10AM - 2PM
M: 10AM - 2PM
T: 10AM - 2PM
W: 10AM - 2PM 7PM - Dusk (June - August only)
T: 10AM - 2PM
F: Closed
S: 12PM - 1PM


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Visitor Information

The Biblical Botanical Garden is completely free and open to the public during operating hours. Guests are welcome to come and walk through the garden on their own.


founders and staff

Irene and Walter Jacob founded the Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden as a labor of love. For decades their hard work and dedication kept the garden thriving.



The Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden is looking for volunteers to help us keep the garden running. Volunteers fall into 1 of 3 categories; greeters, hosts, and gardeners.