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Highlighting healing botanicals, striking color combinations and rejuvenating water displays

Opening on May 5, 2012, Summer Flower Show: Fountains of Youth offers a chance for beauty-seekers of all ages to explore and discover the healing powers of plants as the soothing sights and sounds of fountains surrounded by bright blooms provide a welcome release from the summer heat.

Drawing on the legend of the Fountain of Youth, a natural pool said to invigorate those who drink of its waters, this year’s Summer Flower Show will give you an opportunity to unearth some of the real-life natural treasures—including aromatic herbs and spices, fresh fruits and vegetables, and green tea—that can help promote good health. Playful and refreshing fountains of many fun shapes and forms will also be on display for you to enjoy, while showy flowers such as zinnias, lantana, hibiscus, and other favorites arranged in striking color combinations complete each scene.

Among the many Summer Flower Show highlights are: fountains that flow with “red wine,” have fish, bubbling tube and other delightful shapes, and feature soft rain showers and powerful jets; grape arbors, fruit trees and berry patches; giant tea cup and floating leaf planters; and dramatic bursts of color. Butterfly Forest will also be open, enchanting guests of all ages as gorgeous species such as Monarchs and Zebra Longwings emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among the flowers.

Want to learn more about the important roles plants play in our lives? Follow this link to dig for more details about the incredible edibles featured in our displays. 

Summer Flower Show will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission costs $12 for adults; $11 for seniors (age 62 and older) and students (with ID); and $9 for children (two-18). Members and children under two enter for free.

Summer Flower Show fountain designer: Karl Steinmetz, RLA, ASLA LEED AP



Other Featured Exhibits & Events

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!
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.
Bowties & Butterflies
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Join us for a spring time garden gala as we welcome beautiful butterflies back to our Stove Room and toast the return of warmer weather.
Natives on the Rooftop
April 4 – June 8, 2014
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Visit Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park to view gorgeous illustrations of native plants by our talented botanical art students.
Used Bulb Sale
Saturdays, April 5, 19 and 26, 2014
10 a.m. – noon
Attend our Used Bulb Sale for a chance to mix and match enough bulbs — including hyacinths, daffodils and lilies — to plant two pots, all for just $5!
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting May 1, 2014
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 May 2, 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.
30th Annual Great Plant Auction
May 2, 2014
6 p.m.
This annual event is a plant lover’s dream: Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park transforms into an auction house for unique plants and garden accessories. Reservations are required.
May Market and National Public Gardens Day
May 9 and 10, 2014
Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A fun family outing held just before Mother’s Day, our 78th annual May Market features a wide selection of plants, including organic seedlings, specimens from our greenhouses and more. This event is free and open to the public, and in honor of National Public Gardens Day, admission to Phipps is half price during market hours.
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.
Inspire Speakers Series
Second Thursday of every month, November 2013 – May 2014, except where noted
Next Event May 15, 2014
5 – 8 p.m.
Green Building Alliance (GBA) and Phipps collaborate to host a second year of all-star local and national guest speakers at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Registration with GBA is required.
Discovery Garden Day
May 25, 2013
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring the whole family to the Children's Discovery Garden for a day of hands-on, sensory fun. Together, you’ll learn about plants and their pollinators through games, potting stations, crafts and more — all free with Conservatory admission.
From the Ground Up: Community Feast
May 31, 2014
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a lunchtime celebration with the high school student participants in our From the Ground Up food and culture program.
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.
Members-Only:
Peek Behind the Petals
June 28, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Take a fascinating members-only look at what it takes to bring the magic of our beautiful glasshouse to the public. This event is free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by June 20. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
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!