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Learn about the important roles plants play in our lives as you dig for more details below about the incredible edibles featured in our Summer Flower Show: Fountains of Youth displays.


"Anticancer: A New Way of Life"
The late David Servan-Schreiber, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, was diagnosed with cancer but prolonged his life through diet and lifestyle changes. Find a copy of his book on the topic in the Shop at Phipps.

“Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Extracts from Fruits, Herbs and Spices”
This article from Food Chemistry reviews findings related to the anti-inflammatory properties of fruits, herbs and spices, including chili pepper, allspice, basil, bay leaves, pepper, licorice, nutmeg, oregano, sage, and thyme. Read more.

“Patented Anti-Inflammatory Plant Drug Development from Traditional Medicine”
This article from Phytotherapy Research reviews 38 anti-inflammatory plants and the patented drugs that have been derived from them. You can look for it at your local library by using this citation: Darshan, S., & Doreswamy, R. (2004). Patented antiinflammatory plant drug development from traditional medicine. Phytotherapy Research, 343-357.


“Biological Activities and Medicinal Properties of Neem (Azadirachta Indica)”
This article in Current Science breaks down the biological activity of some of the compounds extracted from neem and discusses the plant’s various medicinal uses. Read more.

“Collaborative Effects of Diet and Exercise on Cognitive Enhancement”
This article in Nutrition and Health discusses how diet—including consumption of Omega 3s and curcumin—and exercise can enhance neural repair. Read more.

“Health-Promoting Properties of Common Herbs”
This article in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discusses the potential health-promoting and disease-reducing properties of common herbs. Read more.

“Neuroprotection by Spice-Derived Nutraceuticals: You Are What You Eat!”
This article in Molecular Neurobiology explains how nutraceuticals derived from such spices as turmeric, red pepper, black pepper, licorice, clove, ginger, garlic, coriander, and cinnamon target inflammatory pathways, and may prevent neurodegenerative disease. Read more.

“Neuroprotective Effects of Curcumin”
This study in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology explores how curcumin may aid in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Read more.

“Targeting Breast Stem Cells with the Cancer Preventive Compounds Curcumin and Piperine”
This article in Breast Cancer and Research talks about the potential of curcumin and piperine to serve as cancer prevention agents. Read more.

“Targeting Inflammation-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Diseases by Curcumin and Other Nutraceuticals”

This article in the Annual Review of Nutrition explores the potential of curcumin and other spices to curb obesity and its related symptoms. Read more.


Citrus Bioflavonoids”
This informational pamphlet on citrus bioflavonoids from Bio-gen Extracts includes three reviews on existing scientific research. Read more.

“Pharmacological Properties of Citrus and their Ancient and Medieval Uses in the Mediterranean Region”
This article in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology discusses the medicinal and traditional uses of citrus, including citron, lemon, lime, bitter orange, and pomelo. Read more.

“Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Activities in Flesh and Achenes of Strawberries (Fragaria Ananassa)”
This article in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discusses the biological compounds in strawberries that may provide health benefits. Read more.

“Therapeutic Applications of Pomegranate (Punica Granatum L.): A Review”
This article in the Alternative Medicine Review discusses the antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory actions of pomegranate. Read more.

“Why Pomegranate?”
This article in the British Medical Journal takes a look at pomegranate’s medicinal uses in various cultures throughout history. You can look for it at your local library by using this citation: Langley, R. (2000). Why Pomegranate? British Medical Journal, 1153-1154.


“The Morphology, Characteristics and Medicinal Properties of Camellia Sinensis’ Tea”
This literature review in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research discusses green tea’s potential medicinal properties, including its high levels of antioxidants. Read more.

"The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life"
In this book, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Neuroscientist and Surgeon Joseph Maroon, M.D. offers a look at current research on natural compounds—most notably resveratrol, which is found in grapes, grape juice and red wine—that have the potential to activate a specific set of health-promoting genes. Find a copy in the Shop at Phipps.

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.
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
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!