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Chase away the winter blues with a healthy dose of color and inspiration.

Be our guest for our Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, and enjoy a breathtaking stroll through the gardens as you delight in two of nature’s most inspired art forms. See colorful orchids displayed in all of their glory throughout our glasshouse and admire the skillfully trained tropical bonsai in our permanent collection. Indulge your senses and let us lift your spirits!

Orchids: A Flower Like No Other

Celebrated for their diversity — more than 25,000 species exist around the globe — and stunning beauty, orchids are truly special. The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show features hundreds of these beloved flowers, including selections from the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid collection, curated in collaboration with the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania to be one of the world’s definitive slipper orchid resources.

Bonsai: A Time-Honored Art Form

Offering a striking contrast to the orchids, Phipps’ tropical bonsai — dwarfed trees trained to take on the shapes of their larger counterparts in nature. Classified by size and style based upon the shapes of their trunks, roots and branches, bonsai take many forms, from the iconic formal upright bonsai to the more dramatic slant bonsai that resemble windswept trees.

See a New Art Exhibit

A new art exhibit will be open for the duration of show as well. Located in the Welcome Center Gallery, Orchids and Irises in the Garden features the work of Jamie Kirkell, a renowned Florida-based silk artist whose paintings result from his time spent studying batik and textile design in Indonesia. In addition to exhibiting his art, Kirkell will be teaching a Two-Day Painting on Silk Workshop at Phipps Garden Center on March 7 and 8.

Learn to Grow Your Own

Starting your own orchid and bonsai collections at home can be very rewarding if you know where to begin. Join us on select Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. throughout the show for a series of how-to presentations, offered free with Phipps admission.

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, designed by Phipps staff, runs from Jan. 17 – March 1 and is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman



Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Three More Nights of Winter Lights
Jan. 30, 2015; 5 – 11 p.m.
Feb. 6 and 13, 2015; 5 – 10 p.m.
Take one more walk through the dazzling light displays in our Outdoor and Children’s Discovery Gardens while our indoor spaces transform for the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show.
Tropical Sundays
Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees, sway to music of Matthew Mazza and Carmen Bruno of the Tropical Sands Steel Band, and taste tropical fruit.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Feb. 5, 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!
Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.
Tropical Forest Congo Opening Festival
Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be among the first to see our new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit as our guest at a special opening celebration. Family-friendly activities include a storytelling performance, African-inspired food sampling, cultural crafts and a pot-a-plant station — all free with Phipps admission.
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 Magnet 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.
Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
Join Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland to swap seeds and plants, learn tips and get ready for a great season of gardening. Bring seeds you saved from last year and take home an exciting selection to grow in your garden this year. Admission is free to the public.
Garden Railroad
Closes March 1, 2015
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.