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Open the doors to a magical world of glass, light and blooms.

With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, brand-new illuminated glass installations and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine even brighter this holiday season.

Featuring a delightful variety of festive poinsettias, showy amaryllis and aromatic paperwhites arranged in whimsical garden scenes; evergreens glowing with thousands of LED lights; and a fun dinosaur-themed Garden Railroad, Winter Flower Show is your ticket to a magical world with enchantment around every corner. But the spectacle doesn’t stop there!

An exciting new addition for 2013, artists Matthew McCormack and Jenn Figg will fill the Conservatory’s west wing with glass mushrooms, ferns, bromeliads and tillandsia illuminated from within as a breathtaking network of constellations transforms the ceiling overhead with twinkling stars against a soft aurora borealis-like glow. Plus, an expanded Winter Light Garden extends the holiday fun into the Outdoor Garden, where you will be dazzled by glowing orbs, “dripping” snowballs, luminous trees and a brilliant fountain of light as you follow meandering pathways through a winter wonderland.

Winter Flower Show, designed by Scott C. Scarfone of Oasis Design Group, and Winter Light Garden, designed by Phipps Exhibit Coordinator Jordyn Melino, run through Jan. 12, 2014. Daily hours for Winter Flower Show are 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and 5 – 11 p.m. for Winter Light Garden. On Jan. 3, 2014 from 7 – 11 p.m., the Tropical Forest Conservatory is open only to guests 21 or older. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages two – 18). Members and kids under two enter free.

*Inclement Weather Advisory
Winter Light Garden may be subject to temporary closures in the event of heavy rains or other inclement weather conditions.

Toys for Tots
Phipps is proud to be a collection site for Toys for Tots. We encourage you to donate new, unwrapped toys Nov. 8 through Dec. 11 in the Phipps Welcome Center.

Michael M. Strueber Watercolors
An exhibition of both landscape and still-life watercolor paintings by artist Michael M. Strueber will also be on view in the Welcome Center during the run of Winter Flower Show and can be purchased through the gift shop.

Beyond Winter Flower Show

Please also join us for the following family friendly events:

Brunch in Bloom
Select Sundays, November 2013 – January 2014
Sittings available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Discover one of Pittsburgh’s best-kept foodie secrets as you indulge in some of the freshest local, sustainable and seasonal flavors around town.

Gifts and Greens Market
Dec. 5 – 7, 2013
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Special Guest vendors on site 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily
Peruse a large selection of fresh, aromatic evergreens and gifts for loved ones in our holiday boutique at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park. Free and open to the public!

Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 – Dec. 22, 2013, plus Nov. 29 and Dec. 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring little ones, or the entire family, to pose for a festive photo with Santa, free with Phipps admission.

Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night as glowing candles light the walkways and live music fills the air.

Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2013
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Looking for a fun and educational outing for the kids during winter break? Join us for crafts, plant potting and more, all free with Phipps admission.

New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2013
6-9 p.m.
Ring in 2013 with the whole family at Phipps and participate in an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. All activities are free with Phipps admission.

Photos © 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
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.
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
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
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!