Spring Flower Show
March 9-April 7, 2013
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden, comes to life with color, fragrance and seasonal blooms.
Join us as we celebrate the return of warmer weather with Spring Flower Show. Based upon Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden, this colorful new exhibit featuring bold blooms and sweet scents provides the perfect escape after a long Pittsburgh winter.
Interpreting the heartwarming story of 10-year-old Mary Lennox, a troubled orphan healed through a newfound love of gardens, Spring Flower Show brings the charming English-style natural spaces of Burnett’s 1910 novel to life, unlocking the magic of Martha Sowerby’s Cottage Garden, Archibald Craven’s Topiary Court, Ben Weatherstaff’s Kitchen Garden, the Secret Garden Alcove, and many other nooks and crannies filled with thousands of vibrant and aromatic tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies.
Other highlights include topiaries trained to take on both geometric and whimsical animal shapes; a formal Victorian garden with a dipping pool and jet fountains; and a wild garden featuring edible and seasonal woodland plants, as well as flowering trees like redbuds and magnolias.
Spring Flower Show, designed by Terra Design Studios, runs through April 7. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m.—5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages 2-18). Members and children under 2 enter for free.
Photos © Paul g. Wiegman
Read The Secret Garden Before Your Visit
If your family hasn’t yet enjoyed The Secret Garden, or if you’d just like to refresh your memory before you see the show, enjoy an interactive copy of the original 1911 hardcover edition from Open Library and a full-length audiobook edition courtesy of Librivox, both available free of charge.
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Summer Flower Show:
Glass in the Gardens
- April 27 – Oct. 6, 2013
- Butterfly Forest
- April 20 – Sept. 2, 2013
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays in 2013, starting Feb. 8
7 – 11 p.m.
- Butterfly Weekend
- June 1 and 2, 2013
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2013
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Inspire Speakers Series
- Second Thurs. of every month, Oct. 2012-June 2013
5:30-8:30 p.m., except where noted
- Floral Notes: Jazz in the Garden
- Tuesday, June 18, 2013
6:30 – 9 p.m.
- Garden Variety:
A Farm-to-Phipps Dinner
- Sunday, July 21, 2013
6:30 – 9 p.m.
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open