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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.

Nature in Focus: 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

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.
Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
Phipps’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. This year’s program pairs an entomologist with a landscape designer to help illuminate how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling several important ecological functions.
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!