Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 18 – March 9, 2014
Let us delight and inspire you with this special treat-of-a-show.
Be our guest for our Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, and take a stroll through serene gardens to gather orchid-growing tips, learn all about bonsai, and simply delight in the beauty of two of nature’s most inspired art forms. Featuring elegant orchids planted in garden beds and hanging baskets, and offering a rare chance to view our permanent collection of tropical bonsai, this special treat-of-a-show is not to be missed!
Orchids: A Beauty Beyond Compare
Celebrated for their diversity — more than 25,000 species exist worldwide — and for their stunning beauty, orchids are truly beyond compare. The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show features hundreds of these beloved flowers, and 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, will also be on display.
Bonsai: A Time-Honored Tradition
As a striking contrast to extravagant orchids, guests will also have the chance to see Phipps’ permanent collection of tropical bonsai. 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.
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. 18 – March 9, 2014. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and until to 10 p.m. on Fridays.
Photos © Paul g. Wiegman, Brad Fetchin
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Summer Flower Show
- May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
- Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
- Butterfly Forest
- April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
BETA Art Tours
- First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
11 a.m. – noon
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting Sept. 4, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Sept. 5, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- Fall Round Up
- Sept. 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Friday, 1 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center
- Garden to Plate Dinner
- Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
6:30 – 9 p.m.
- Tropical Forest India Festival
- Sept. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
- Sept. 27, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open