Spring Flower Show
March 9-April 7, 2013
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden, comes to life with color, fragrance and seasonal blooms.
Join us as we celebrate the return of warmer weather with Spring Flower Show. Based upon Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden, this colorful new exhibit featuring bold blooms and sweet scents provides the perfect escape after a long Pittsburgh winter.
Interpreting the heartwarming story of 10-year-old Mary Lennox, a troubled orphan healed through a newfound love of gardens, Spring Flower Show brings the charming English-style natural spaces of Burnett’s 1910 novel to life, unlocking the magic of Martha Sowerby’s Cottage Garden, Archibald Craven’s Topiary Court, Ben Weatherstaff’s Kitchen Garden, the Secret Garden Alcove, and many other nooks and crannies filled with thousands of vibrant and aromatic tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies.
Other highlights include topiaries trained to take on both geometric and whimsical animal shapes; a formal Victorian garden with a dipping pool and jet fountains; and a wild garden featuring edible and seasonal woodland plants, as well as flowering trees like redbuds and magnolias.
Spring Flower Show, designed by Terra Design Studios, runs through April 7. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m.—5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages 2-18). Members and children under 2 enter for free.
Photos © Paul g. Wiegman
Read The Secret Garden Before Your Visit
If your family hasn’t yet enjoyed The Secret Garden, or if you’d just like to refresh your memory before you see the show, enjoy an interactive copy of the original 1911 hardcover edition from Open Library and a full-length audiobook edition courtesy of Librivox, both available free of charge.
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
- Nov. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Candlelight Evenings
- Nov. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.*
- Santa Visits
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11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Brunch in Bloom
- Sundays, Dec. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014
Seatings available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Inspire Speakers Series
- Second Thursday of every month, November 2013 – May 2014, except where noted
Next Event Dec. 12, 2013
5:30 – 8 p.m.
- Members-Only Shopping Hours and Discount
- Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- First Thursday of Each Month
Next Meeting Jan. 2, 2014
- Party in the Tropics
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Next Party Jan. 3, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- Tropical Forest India
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