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Beautiful chrysanthemums pair with whimsical garden railroad displays for this annual celebration of the harvest season.

Chrysanthemums in shades of yellow, red, purple, orange and green abound for Fall Flower Show 2014, opening on Oct. 18. Featuring gorgeous horticultural designs and whimsical model train displays all throughout the Conservatory, this annual exhibit celebrates the very best of the harvest season and its changing hues.

The signature blooms of autumn, chrysanthemums have been highlighted as part of Fall Flower Show since 1893, grown using a variety of techniques to produce an array of results (from elegant cascades to showy, single-flowered disbuds) and form blossoms of different sizes and shapes (from large “spiders” with tentacle-like florets to small button-like “pompons”) — many of which are showcased just for you. Beautiful foliage and other flowers appear in each scene as tiny trains wind their way through many of the Conservatory’s display rooms.

Garden Railroad
Oct. 18, 2014 – March 1, 2015
The Garden Railroad display in our South Conservatory is reimagined, drawing inspiration from the California Gold Rush and the landscapes of northern California and Mt. Shasta — complete with prospectors, water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants, shrubs and trees, some native to the West Coast.

Discover Beekeeping
Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
A special display in our Gallery Room showcases the tools of the beekeeping trade, including equipment, bee-friendly plants, and a large, traditional bee skep handmade from Phipps-grown grasses.

FLORA: Natives on the Rooftop
Oct. 3, 2014 – Jan. 12, 2015
A collaboration between Phipps’ Botanical Art and Illustration program and the Allegheny Highland Botanical Art Society, this Welcome Center Gallery exhibit features botanical illustrations of native plants that grow on the Center for Sustainable Landscapes green roof.

Eye School Talent: The Photography of Phipps’ High School Interns

Oct. 10, 2014 – Jan. 30, 2015
Each summer, Phipps hosts eight high school interns who work closely with our horticulture staff while learning about vegetable gardening, cooking, photography and more. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes atrium gallery features some of the interns’ favorite photos taken in and around the Conservatory.

Fall Flower Show, designed by Display Horticulturist and Plant Recorder Laura Schoch, runs through Nov. 9, 2014 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (age 62 +), $14 for students (with valid ID), and $11 for children (ages 2 – 18). Members and children under 2 enter for free.

Photos © Brad Fetchin

Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Three More Nights of Winter Lights
Jan. 30, 2015; 5 – 11 p.m.
Feb. 6 and 13, 2015; 5 – 10 p.m.
Take one more walk through the dazzling light displays in our Outdoor and Children’s Discovery Gardens while our indoor spaces transform for the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show.
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
Tropical Sundays
Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees, sway to music of Matthew Mazza and Carmen Bruno of the Tropical Sands Steel Band, and taste tropical fruit.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Feb. 5, 2015
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!
Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.
Tropical Forest Congo Opening Festival
Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be among the first to see our new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit as our guest at a special opening celebration. Family-friendly activities include a storytelling performance, African-inspired food sampling, cultural crafts and a pot-a-plant station — all free with Phipps admission.
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
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.
Hothouse Happy Hours
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Join us on Feb. 19 as we partner with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) to kick off Hothouse Happy Hours, a series of events for young professionals, featuring specialty cocktails, beer and wine, inspired bites and dynamic special guests.
Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
Join Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland to swap seeds and plants, learn tips and get ready for a great season of gardening. Bring seeds you saved from last year and take home an exciting selection to grow in your garden this year. Admission is free to the public.
Garden Railroad
Closes March 1, 2015
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.