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
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- March 22 – April 20, 2014
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Natives on the Rooftop
- April 4 – June 8, 2014
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
- Used Bulb Sale
- Saturdays, April 5, 19 and 26, 2014
10 a.m. – noon
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting April 17, 2014
- Bowties & Butterflies
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 – 10 p.m.
- Butterfly Forest
- April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party May 2, 2014
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- 30th Annual Great Plant Auction
- May 2, 2014
- May Market and National Public Gardens Day
- May 9 and 10, 2014
Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Summer Flower Show
- May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
- Inspire Speakers Series
- Second Thursday of every month, November 2013 – May 2014, except where noted
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11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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- Tropical Forest India
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