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Celebrate the harvest season and its changing hues with one of nature's most beloved flower families.

Fall is coming, and that means "mum's the word"! Thousands of chrysanthemums in brilliant bursts of yellow, red, purple, orange and green will soon be on display at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Fall Flower Show 2013. Bringing the vibrancy of the color wheel to life through gorgeous horticultural designs, this annual exhibit celebrates the harvest season and its changing hues.

The signature blooms of autumn, chrysanthemums have been highlighted as part of Fall Flower Show since 1893, carefully tended to produce an array of results (from elegant cascades to showy, single-flowered disbuds) and form blossoms that fall into 13 classes (from large “spiders” with tentacle-like florets to small button-like “pompons”). Beautiful foliage and other flowers will also be incorporated into each scene.

Garden Railroad will also return to the South Conservatory, beckoning you to enter Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where reckless efforts to bring dinosaurs back to life go awry, resulting in escaped creatures and plenty of havoc in the surrounding farmlands, cities and living landscapes populated with miniature plants, shrubs and trees. Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this year’s display offers a thrilling adventure for both children and adults alike.

Fall Flower Show, designed by Display Horticulturist Laura Schoch, runs through Nov. 10, 2013 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (age 62 and older), $14 for students (with valid ID), and $11 for children (ages two -18). Members and children under two enter for free.

Photos © Brad Fetchin, Paul g. Wiegman



Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Summer Flower Show
May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
The whimsical miniature world of Garden Railroad takes center stage at Phipps this summer. With themed railroad displays in multiple exhibit rooms enhanced by unique plantings, interactive features and more, this show will bring the wonder of childhood to visitors of all ages.
Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
Ongoing
Last year, he wowed thousands with his inimitable odor, and this year, he’s back with an amazing new look. After 10 dormant months, Romero has produced an enormous leaf to collect energy for his next big bloom. Visit the Tropical Forest Conservatory to see his transformation firsthand.
Butterfly Forest
April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to soar and glide among colorful, bug-friendly blooms. One may even land on you!
Farmers at Phipps
Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Refresh your food shopping experience! Visit our sustainably managed front lawn to browse organic and Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables and more from local farms.
Red, Ripe and Roasted: Tomato and Garlic Festival
Aug. 24, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate two of western Pennsylvania’s tastiest summer crops at our 10th annual tomato and garlic festival. Our historic front lawn will come alive with delicious food and family fun, including cooking demos, a farmer’s market, kids’ activities, special guests and more. Bring a donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and receive free admission!
Members-Only:
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
11 a.m. – noon
Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Sept. 4, 2014
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!
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Sept. 5, 2014
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.
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
Headed to A Fair in the Park? Stop by our Shop in the Park at Phipps Garden Center, where we’ll be hosting a special sale on the patio along with a variety of other local vendors. You’re sure to find unique gifts for the greenest thumb in your life — and something special for yourself!
Garden to Plate Dinner
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Join us for an unforgettable Sunday dinner, a bountiful garden-to-plate feast of fresh, locally grown fare, select wines and special entertainment.
Garden Railroad
Now Open
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you to Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where dinosaurs are brought back to life! Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this can't-miss exhibit is a thrilling adventure for all ages.
Tropical Forest India
Now Open
Explore our new exhibit showcasing one of the most botanically rich regions of the world. Highlights include an Ayurvedic healing garden, spice and tea market displays, a stunning temple facade on Special Events Hall, and more!