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Let us delight and inspire you with this special treat-of-a-show.

Be our guest for our Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, and take a stroll through serene gardens to gather orchid-growing tips, learn all about bonsai, and simply delight in the beauty of two of nature’s most inspired art forms. Featuring elegant orchids planted in garden beds and hanging baskets, and offering a rare chance to view our permanent collection of tropical bonsai, this special treat-of-a-show is not to be missed! 

Orchids: A Beauty Beyond Compare

Celebrated for their diversity — more than 25,000 species exist worldwide — and for their stunning beauty, orchids are truly beyond compare. The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show features hundreds of these beloved flowers, and the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid collection, curated in collaboration with the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania to be one of the world’s definitive slipper orchid resources, will also be on display.

Bonsai: A Time-Honored Tradition

As a striking contrast to extravagant orchids, guests will also have the chance to see Phipps’ permanent collection of tropical bonsai. Classified by size and style based upon the shapes of their trunks, roots and branches, bonsai take many forms, from the iconic formal upright bonsai to the more dramatic slant bonsai that resemble windswept trees. 

Learn to Grow Your Own

Starting your own orchid and bonsai collections at home can be very rewarding if you know where to begin. Join us on select Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. throughout the show for a series of how-to presentations, offered free with Phipps admission.


Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, designed by Phipps staff, runs from Jan. 18 – March 9, 2014. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and until to 10 p.m. on Fridays. 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman, Brad Fetchin



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
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.
Butterfly Forest
April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to soar and glide among colorful, bug-friendly blooms. One may even land on you!
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.
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Aug. 1, 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.
Jack Buncher Foundation
Free Admission Day
Aug. 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phipps is thrilled to announce that all Conservatory guests will be admitted free of charge on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 thanks to a generous grant from the Jack Buncher Foundation. Join us on this special day to enjoy our Summer Flower Show, Butterfly Forest and Tropical Forest Conservatory.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Aug. 7, 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!
Members-Only Bring a Friend Day
Aug. 11, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On this special day, bring a nonmember guest to experience the serenity and beauty of Phipps free of charge. Just show your membership card at the admissions desk to give someone special a treat to remember!
Members-Only:
BETA Art Tours
Aug. 16, 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.
Red, Ripe and Roasted: Tomato and Garlic Festival
Aug. 24, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate two of western Pennsylvania’s tastiest summer crops at our 10th annual tomato and garlic festival. Our historic front lawn will come alive with delicious food and family fun, including cooking demos, a farmer’s market, kids’ activities, special guests and more. Bring a donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and receive free admission!
Fall Round Up
Sept. 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Friday, 1 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center
Headed to A Fair in the Park? Stop by our Shop in the Park at Phipps Garden Center, where we’ll be hosting a special sale on the patio along with a variety of other local vendors. You’re sure to find unique gifts for the greenest thumb in your life — and something special for yourself!
Garden to Plate Dinner
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Join us for an unforgettable Sunday dinner, a bountiful garden-to-plate feast of fresh, locally grown fare, select wines and special entertainment.
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!