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Beautiful chrysanthemums pair with whimsical garden railroad displays for this annual celebration of the harvest season.

Chrysanthemums in shades of yellow, red, purple, orange and green abound for Fall Flower Show 2014, opening on Oct. 18. Featuring gorgeous horticultural designs and whimsical model train displays all throughout the Conservatory, this annual exhibit celebrates the very best of the harvest season and its changing hues.

The signature blooms of autumn, chrysanthemums have been highlighted as part of Fall Flower Show since 1893, grown using a variety of techniques to produce an array of results (from elegant cascades to showy, single-flowered disbuds) and form blossoms of different sizes and shapes (from large “spiders” with tentacle-like florets to small button-like “pompons”) — many of which are showcased just for you. Beautiful foliage and other flowers appear in each scene as tiny trains wind their way through many of the Conservatory’s display rooms.

Garden Railroad
Oct. 18, 2014 – March 1, 2015
The Garden Railroad display in our South Conservatory is reimagined, drawing inspiration from the California Gold Rush and the landscapes of northern California and Mt. Shasta — complete with prospectors, water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants, shrubs and trees, some native to the West Coast.

Discover Beekeeping
Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
A special display in our Gallery Room showcases the tools of the beekeeping trade, including equipment, bee-friendly plants, and a large, traditional bee skep handmade from Phipps-grown grasses.

FLORA: Natives on the Rooftop
Oct. 3, 2014 – Jan. 12, 2015
A collaboration between Phipps’ Botanical Art and Illustration program and the Allegheny Highland Botanical Art Society, this Welcome Center Gallery exhibit features botanical illustrations of native plants that grow on the Center for Sustainable Landscapes green roof.

Eye School Talent: The Photography of Phipps’ High School Interns

Oct. 10, 2014 – Jan. 30, 2015
Each summer, Phipps hosts eight high school interns who work closely with our horticulture staff while learning about vegetable gardening, cooking, photography and more. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes atrium gallery features some of the interns’ favorite photos taken in and around the Conservatory.

Fall Flower Show, designed by Display Horticulturist and Plant Recorder Laura Schoch, runs through Nov. 9, 2014 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (age 62 +), $14 for students (with valid ID), and $11 for children (ages 2 – 18). Members and children under 2 enter for free.

Photos © Brad Fetchin

Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting
Garden Railroad
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.
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 20, 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
Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of engaging educational activities, all free with the price of admission, these special days at the Conservatory are filled with adventure and fun.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, featuring a variety of activities for children, we will welcome 2015 with an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. so that everyone can join in the fun.
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting February 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!
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 Magnetic 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.
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!
Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
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.