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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

Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting
Garden Railroad
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.
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 20, 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
Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of engaging educational activities, all free with the price of admission, these special days at the Conservatory are filled with adventure and fun.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, featuring a variety of activities for children, we will welcome 2015 with an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. so that everyone can join in the fun.
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.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting February 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!
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 Magnetic 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.
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!
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.