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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.
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.
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.
Tropical Forest India Festival
Sept. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for our final Tropical Forest India festival as we celebrate plants, food and culture through fun activities, live music, food tastings and more. The festival is free with Phipps admission.
Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
Sept. 27, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Take a fascinating look at the global adventures of our Botany in Action Fellows at this edition of our members-only Peek Behind the Petals series. This event is free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 20. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
Botany in Action: Meet the Scientists
Sept. 27, 2014
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Our Botany in Action fellows will be stationed throughout the Tropical Forest India exhibit to display their research tools, answer your questions and offer intriguing details about the work of field scientists.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Oct. 2, 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 Oct. 3, 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.
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!