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Experience the magic as we bring a beloved holiday carol to life with an all-new show featuring festive evergreens, bright blooms and glowing glass.

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Take a walk in our “Winter Wonderland” as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With lush evergreens, bright blooms, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before.

Written by Pennsylvania native Dick Smith in 1904, “Winter Wonderland” is perhaps one of the best-known carols of all time. For this year’s Winter Flower Show, the lyrics of this delightful song will be brought to life as they are represented through artful arrangements of LED lights, decorated fir trees, whimsical props, and, of course, plenty of seasonal favorites such as colorful poinsettias, aromatic paperwhites and showy amaryllis.

Adding to the festive atmosphere, indoor displays of glowing glass will make a return this year, while outside, in the Outdoor and Discovery Gardens, the Winter Light Garden will sparkle with luminous orbs, trees and fountains of light. Garden Railroad will be on view too, taking you back in time to the Gold Rush as you explore 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.

Winter Flower Show, designed by Terra Design Studios, LLC and featuring the work of artists Matthew McCormack and Jenn Figg, and Winter Light Garden, designed by Phipps Exhibit Coordinator Jordyn Melino, run through Jan. 11, 2015. Daily hours for Winter Flower Show are 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and 5 – 11 p.m. for Winter Light Garden. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages 2 – 18). Members and kids under 2 enter free.

*Inclement Weather Advisory
Winter Light Garden may be subject to temporary closures in the event of heavy rains or other inclement weather conditions.

Toys for Tots
Phipps is proud to be a collection site for Toys for Tots. We encourage you to donate new, unwrapped toys in the Phipps Welcome Center during open hours from Nov. 24 – Dec. 15.

 

Beyond Winter Flower Show

Make the most of the season by joining us for these family-friendly events:

Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night as glowing candles light the walkways and live music fills the air.




Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring little ones, or the entire family, to pose for a festive photo with Santa, free with Phipps admission.




Saturdays with the Sugar Plum Fairy

Dec. 6 and 13, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Bring the kids and join us and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for a 30-minute creative movement dance class and story time session. Activities are free with Phipps admission and appropriate for children of all ages.




Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Looking for a fun and educational outing for the kids during winter break? Join us for crafts, plant potting and more, all free with Phipps admission.




New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
Ring in 2015 with the whole family at Phipps and participate in an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. All activities are free with Phipps admission.



Photos © Annie O'Neill, Paul g. Wiegman

 



Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Garden Railroad
Ongoing
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.
Members-Only:
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 20, 2014
11 a.m. – noon
Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of engaging educational activities, all free with the price of admission, these special days at the Conservatory are filled with adventure and fun.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, featuring a variety of activities for children, we will welcome 2015 with an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. so that everyone can join in the fun.
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting February 2015
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network of creative minds meeting monthly to discuss strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. Join the conversation!
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
Gather your friends and get ready to dine, drink and dance the night away at Phipps! Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
Hothouse Happy Hours
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Join us on Feb. 19 as we partner with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnetic Project (PUMP) to kick off Hothouse Happy Hours, a series of events for young professionals, featuring specialty cocktails, beer and wine, inspired bites and dynamic special guests.
Tropical Forest India
Now Open
Explore our new exhibit showcasing one of the most botanically rich regions of the world. Highlights include an Ayurvedic healing garden, spice and tea market displays, a stunning temple facade on Special Events Hall, and more!
Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
Ongoing
Last year, he wowed thousands with his inimitable odor, and this year, he’s back with an amazing new look. After 10 dormant months, Romero has produced an enormous leaf to collect energy for his next big bloom. Visit the Tropical Forest Conservatory to see his transformation firsthand.