At Bidwell Training Center, Orchids Inspire Passion and Promise
By Melissa Meinzer, Pittsburgh City Paper
You wouldn’t expect to find Eden tucked away behind a UPS facility in Manchester. On a chilly January day painted over with Pittsburgh Gray, there isn’t much to inspire warmth at the Drew Mathieson Center’s acre-sized lot. If you didn’t already know the center’s greenhouse was housed in its strip-mall-like location amidst the grit of the city’s North Side, it would be easy to overlook.
And when you pass through them, the front doors seem like any other secure office building: You need a code to enter the lobby, where a receptionist sits behind a desk. But past her, and past a whiteboard with watering schedules and other notes, suddenly you’ve entered a green — and blue, and purple, and red — wonderland….
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