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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

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.