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Enjoy a rustic yet elegant farm-to-table dinner experience with fresh, handpicked selections from our region’s farms.

Join us for a rustic yet elegant dining experience featuring a multiple-course dinner highlighting handpicked selections from farms in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Brought to you by local food producers and artisans, and Café Phipps Executive Chef Stephanie Gelberd, this a one-of-a-kind meal made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and served in a casual outdoor setting is one culinary adventure you will not want to miss. Come celebrate the connection between our beautiful farmland and the fresh foods we love to eat!

Registration for Garden Variety is open to all ages at the cost of $150 per person for Phipps members and $175 for nonmembers. To reserve your spot, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or RSVP by Friday, July 12, as space is limited.

Not a member? Become one today to secure discounted prices for this event!


Cured pork belly with local melon, kiwi and mint gastrique
Vegan option: Herb Cured Tofu with grilled local melon, kiwi and mint gastrique

Soup Course:
Phipps grown heirloom tomato stuffed with varietal gazpacho

Salad Course:
Flowers and blooming herbs atop local hydroponic Bibb lettuce with local blueberries, sweet peas, nectarines, and blueberry vinaigrette

Fish course:
Smoked local trout with pickled garden vegetables, grilled patty pan and eight ball squashes, served with horseradish crème
Vegan option: Hand crafted ravioli stuffed with local mushrooms and cashew cream. Accompanied by grilled pattypan squash, broccoli rabe, crushed tomatoes, and basil cream sauce

Local peach sorbet and pineapple mint

Candied braised short ribs with roasted local corn, braised rainbow chard with local mushrooms, and a parsley shallot salad
Vegan option: White bean and seitan cutlet with confit lemon and caper vinaigrette, roasted local corn, braised rainbow chard with local mushrooms, and a parsley shallot salad

Local lemon custard tarts with Phipps-grown lavender cream
Vegan option: Vegan lemon custard tarts with Phipps-grown lavender cream

Served with a plate of local cheese, fruit, and honey (house-made vegan cheese plate also available) 

Local wine pairings with select courses by Burch Farms Country Market and Winery

Farmers Chris Brenckle of Brenckle's Organic Farm and Greenhouse and Nathan Holmes of Clarion River Organics will be present to speak about their selections

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, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2014, plus Nov. 28 and Dec. 1
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.
Gifts and Greens Market
Dec. 4 – 6, 2014
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public, this special holiday shopping tradition at Phipps Garden Center is sure to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this season.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Dec. 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 Dec. 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.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 6, 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
Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy
Sat., Dec. 6 and 13, 2014
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Phipps and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre are pleased to present Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy, 30-minute creative movement dance classes and story time sessions with a dancer in costume. Activities are free with Conservatory admission and appropriate for comfortably-dressed children of all ages.
Members-Only Shopping Hours and Discount
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
8 – 10 a.m.
Members: Have the Shop at Phipps all to yourselves as we open early just for you. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee as you browse our exquisite collection of unique gifts. Plus, get an extra 10-percent off on top of your member discount!
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.
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.