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Your valentine will swoon for a romantic dinner in the lush environs of Pittsburgh's glasshouse.

Why settle for a bouquet when you can have a whole garden of flowers? There’s nothing more romantic than savoring an elegant prix fixe meal by candlelight at Pittsburgh’s gorgeous glasshouse.

Registration for this event is open to Phipps members only. Reservations are $150 per person and include all courses, a complimentary glass of wine and a signature drink. To reserve your spot, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or by Feb. 3.

Not a member? Need to renew? Sign up online or call 412/622-6915, ext. 6500.


Shared Plate Appetizers
Tarragon-mustard lobster salad cup
Roasted dates with pancetta, almonds and chili
Brie-stuffed organic strawberries with chocolate-balsamic glaze
Lightly cured tuna with olives and shaved fennel
Vegan option: Blini with beluga lentil caviar

Petit vegetables from the chef’s garden, olive “soil” and Northeast Family Goat Farms goat cheese foam
Vegan option: Garden of petit vegetables from the chef’s garden, Olive “Soil” and roasted red pepper and artichoke coulis

Citrus Sorbet

Entrée Choices
Hazelnut-crusted Maple Leaf Farms duck breast with sun-dried cherry sauce
Filet of grass-fed Black Falls beef, peppered and grilled, finished with morel mushroom-toasted-garlic-Cabernet sauce and topped with crispy leeks
Organic wild-caught salmon served with lump crab stuffing and fire-roasted pepper and tomato sauce
Vegetable Wellington with seasonal vegetables from the chef’s garden
Vegan Option: Eggplant rollatini with savory millet and spinach filling, seasoned with fresh basil and topped with roasted tomato sauce

All entrées accompanied by braised endive and greens with citrus

Dessert Choices
Key lime tart made with Phipps-grown citrus
Sweet Madeira-poached pears stuffed with mascarpone mousse, candied citrus peel and walnuts
Vegan option: Hazelnut and chocolate chip shortbread with macerated fruit

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
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.
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.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
Next Tour Oct. 4
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
Fall Flower Show
Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
In celebration of the harvest season and its changing hues, this colorful exhibit showcases beautiful chrysanthemums, vibrant foliage and other festive flowers as tiny trains wind their way through many of the Conservatory’s display rooms.
Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
Phipps’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. This year’s program pairs an entomologist with a landscape designer to help illuminate how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling several important ecological functions.
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!