Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
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.
- Tropical Sundays
- Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting Feb. 5, 2015
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
- Tropical Forest Congo
- Opens Feb. 7, 2015
- Tropical Forest Congo Opening Festival
- Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
7 – 11 p.m.
- Hothouse Happy Hours
- Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
- Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
- Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
- Garden Railroad
- Closes March 1, 2015