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Stock up on unique plants and gardening accessories, and talk with the experts at Phipps' 78th annual May Market.

Celebrate spring at our perennially popular May Market, a bustling marketplace where Phipps horticulturists, local garden clubs, nurseries, farms and other vendors come together for a plant sale of ultra-green proportions. May Market is free and open to the public, and on May 9, National Public Gardens Day, Conservatory admission is 50-percent off during event hours. It’s the perfect Mother’s Day weekend outing! Organic herbs and vegetable seedlings; tropical plants and succulents; low-maintenance perennials and shrubs on Phipps’ Top 10 Sustainable Plant Lists; native and rain garden plants; and many other seasonal favorites are among the offerings green thumbs can expect to find at May Market. Also available for sale will be everything from organic soil and landscaping materials to botanical art and natural body care products. As always, Phipps staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand to share advice, and delicious hand-dipped fondant strawberries — a traditional offering — will be served. Stay tuned for a list of 2014 vendors and make plans to join us.

Vendor List*
Please note that some vendors accept cash only.

Always Summer Herbs
Artemis Botanicals
Bartsch Greenhouse
Bath Planet
Bel Monili
Brenckle's Farms and Greenhouses
Café Phipps
Charmed by Nature
Cherry Valley Organics
Cider House Meadows
Designs by Samantha
Designs by Stephanie
Designs2c
Djoi Jewelry Designs
East End Trading Company
Edible Earth Farm
Friendship Farms
Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery
Go Carr Go – Kathryn Carr
greenSinner
Grow Pittsburgh
Gutter Helmet
juNxtaposition LLC
La Cigale
Lamb’s Ear Farm
Amy Levier Designs
Linden Garden Club
M&M Robertson Farms
Mosaic Mitzi
Mulberry Creek Herb Farm
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association – Stormworks
Doug Oster
PaperPenScissorsPaint – Carol Skinger 
Penn Hills Lawn and Garden
Phipps Shrubs and Tropicals
Pittsburgh Iris and Daylily Society
The Pretty1 Jewelry
Pucker Brush Farm
Renewal by Andersen
Rockledge Garden Club – Strawberries
Sand Hill Berries
Carol Skinger
Shadyside Nursery
Slate Accents
Stem
Sylvania Natives
Talking Paint
Tastefully Simple
Tree Pittsburgh
Una Biologicals
Pam Werner
Urban Forestry
Whimsical Wonders
Who Cooks for You Farm
Wolf’s Den Pottery

* subject to updates and changes



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
Ongoing
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.
Members-Only:
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 members@phipps.conservatory.org.
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
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.