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Cornelian Cherry Dogwood


Enjoy a rustic yet elegant farm-to-table dinner experience with fresh, handpicked selections from our region’s farms.

Join us for a rustic yet elegant dining experience featuring a multiple-course dinner highlighting handpicked selections from farms in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Brought to you by local food producers and artisans, and Café Phipps Executive Chef Stephanie Gelberd, this a one-of-a-kind meal made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and served in a casual outdoor setting is one culinary adventure you will not want to miss. Come celebrate the connection between our beautiful farmland and the fresh foods we love to eat!

Registration for Garden Variety is open to all ages at the cost of $150 per person for Phipps members and $175 for nonmembers. To reserve your spot, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or RSVP by Friday, July 12, as space is limited.

Not a member? Become one today to secure discounted prices for this event!


Cured pork belly with local melon, kiwi and mint gastrique
Vegan option: Herb Cured Tofu with grilled local melon, kiwi and mint gastrique

Soup Course:
Phipps grown heirloom tomato stuffed with varietal gazpacho

Salad Course:
Flowers and blooming herbs atop local hydroponic Bibb lettuce with local blueberries, sweet peas, nectarines, and blueberry vinaigrette

Fish course:
Smoked local trout with pickled garden vegetables, grilled patty pan and eight ball squashes, served with horseradish crème
Vegan option: Hand crafted ravioli stuffed with local mushrooms and cashew cream. Accompanied by grilled pattypan squash, broccoli rabe, crushed tomatoes, and basil cream sauce

Local peach sorbet and pineapple mint

Candied braised short ribs with roasted local corn, braised rainbow chard with local mushrooms, and a parsley shallot salad
Vegan option: White bean and seitan cutlet with confit lemon and caper vinaigrette, roasted local corn, braised rainbow chard with local mushrooms, and a parsley shallot salad

Local lemon custard tarts with Phipps-grown lavender cream
Vegan option: Vegan lemon custard tarts with Phipps-grown lavender cream

Served with a plate of local cheese, fruit, and honey (house-made vegan cheese plate also available) 

Local wine pairings with select courses by Burch Farms Country Market and Winery

Farmers Chris Brenckle of Brenckle's Organic Farm and Greenhouse and Nathan Holmes of Clarion River Organics will be present to speak about their selections

Other Featured Exhibits & Events

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.
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.
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.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, July – October 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
Tropical Forest India Festival
Sept. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for our final Tropical Forest India festival as we celebrate plants, food and culture through fun activities, live music, food tastings and more. The festival is free with Phipps admission.
Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
Sept. 27, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Take a fascinating look at the global adventures of our Botany in Action Fellows at this edition of our members-only Peek Behind the Petals series. This event is free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 20. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or
Botany in Action: Meet the Scientists
Sept. 27, 2014
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Our Botany in Action fellows will be stationed throughout the Tropical Forest India exhibit to display their research tools, answer your questions and offer intriguing details about the work of field scientists.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Oct. 2, 2014
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 Oct. 3, 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.
Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
Phipps’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. This year’s program pairs an entomologist with a landscape designer to help illuminate how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling several important ecological functions.
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.
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!