Fall Flower Show
Oct. 19 – Nov. 10, 2013
Celebrate the harvest season and its changing hues with one of nature's most beloved flower families.
Fall is coming, and that means "mum's the word"! Thousands of chrysanthemums in brilliant bursts of yellow, red, purple, orange and green will soon be on display at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Fall Flower Show 2013. Bringing the vibrancy of the color wheel to life through gorgeous horticultural designs, this annual exhibit celebrates the harvest season and its changing hues.
The signature blooms of autumn, chrysanthemums have been highlighted as part of Fall Flower Show since 1893, carefully tended to produce an array of results (from elegant cascades to showy, single-flowered disbuds) and form blossoms that fall into 13 classes (from large “spiders” with tentacle-like florets to small button-like “pompons”). Beautiful foliage and other flowers will also be incorporated into each scene.
Garden Railroad will also return to the South Conservatory, beckoning you to enter Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where reckless efforts to bring dinosaurs back to life go awry, resulting in escaped creatures and plenty of havoc in the surrounding farmlands, cities and living landscapes populated with miniature plants, shrubs and trees. Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this year’s display offers a thrilling adventure for both children and adults alike.
Fall Flower Show, designed by Display Horticulturist Laura Schoch, runs through Nov. 10, 2013 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (age 62 and older), $14 for students (with valid ID), and $11 for children (ages two -18). Members and children under two enter for free.
Photos © Brad Fetchin, Paul g. Wiegman
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