Fall Flower Show
Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
Beautiful chrysanthemums pair with whimsical garden railroad displays for this annual celebration of the harvest season.
Chrysanthemums in shades of yellow, red, purple, orange and green abound for Fall Flower Show 2014, opening on Oct. 18. Featuring gorgeous horticultural designs and whimsical model train displays all throughout the Conservatory, this annual exhibit celebrates the very best of the harvest season and its changing hues.
The signature blooms of autumn, chrysanthemums have been highlighted as part of Fall Flower Show since 1893, grown using a variety of techniques to produce an array of results (from elegant cascades to showy, single-flowered disbuds) and form blossoms of different sizes and shapes (from large “spiders” with tentacle-like florets to small button-like “pompons”) — many of which are showcased just for you. Beautiful foliage and other flowers appear in each scene as tiny trains wind their way through many of the Conservatory’s display rooms.
Also on Display:
Oct. 18, 2014 – March 1, 2015
The Garden Railroad display in our South Conservatory is reimagined, drawing inspiration from the California Gold Rush and the landscapes of northern California and Mt. Shasta — complete with prospectors, water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants, shrubs and trees, some native to the West Coast.
Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
A special display in our Gallery Room showcases the tools of the beekeeping trade, including equipment, bee-friendly plants, and a large, traditional bee skep handmade from Phipps-grown grasses.
FLORA: Natives on the Rooftop
Oct. 3, 2014 – Jan. 12, 2015
A collaboration between Phipps’ Botanical Art and Illustration program and the Allegheny Highland Botanical Art Society, this Welcome Center Gallery exhibit features botanical illustrations of native plants that grow on the Center for Sustainable Landscapes green roof.
Eye School Talent: The Photography of Phipps’ High School Interns
Oct. 10, 2014 – Jan. 30, 2015
Each summer, Phipps hosts eight high school interns who work closely with our horticulture staff while learning about vegetable gardening, cooking, photography and more. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes atrium gallery features some of the interns’ favorite photos taken in and around the Conservatory.
Fall Flower Show, designed by Display Horticulturist and Plant Recorder Laura Schoch, runs through Nov. 9, 2014 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (age 62 +), $14 for students (with valid ID), and $11 for children (ages 2 – 18). Members and children under 2 enter for free.
Photos © Brad Fetchin
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Wines Under Glass
- Oct. 30, 2014
6:30 – 10 p.m.
- Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
- Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
6 and 7:30 p.m.
- Garden Railroad
- Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
BETA Art Tours
- First and third Saturdays, November – December 2014
Next Tour Nov. 1, 2014
11 a.m. – noon
- Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
- Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting Nov. 6, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Nov. 7, 2014
Featuring Wigle Whiskey
7 – 11 p.m.
- Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
- Nov. 8, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
- Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
- Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
- Candlelight Evenings
- Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
- Santa Visits
- Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2014, plus Nov. 28 and Dec. 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Gifts and Greens Market
- Dec. 4 – 6, 2014
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- New Year's Eve Family Celebration
- Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open