Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
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!
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.
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
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
- Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
BETA Art Tours
- First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
11 a.m. – noon
- Tropical Forest India Festival
- Sept. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
- Sept. 27, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
- Botany in Action: Meet the Scientists
- Sept. 27, 2014
1 – 2:30 p.m.
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting Oct. 2, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Oct. 3, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open