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Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show

Chase away the winter blues by escaping to our tropical showcase of nature's finest specimens.

Be our guest for our Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, and enjoy a breathtaking stroll through the gardens as you delight in two of nature’s finest botanical wonders amidst vibrant tropical décor. See colorful orchids displayed in all of their glory throughout our glasshouse and admire the meticulously trained tropical bonsai in our permanent collection. Our Pittsburgh-history-themed Garden Railroad is also on display for the duration of the show, providing one more whimsical way to indulge your senses and lift your spirits! 

Orchids: A Flower Like No Other
Celebrated for their diversity — more than 25,000 species exist around the globe — and stunning beauty, orchids are truly special. Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show features hundreds of these beloved flowers, including exotic selections from the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid collection, curated in collaboration with the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania to be one of the world’s definitive slipper orchid resources.

Bonsai: A Time-Honored Art Form
Offering a striking contrast to the orchids, Phipps’ tropical bonsai — dwarfed trees trained to take on the shapes of their larger counterparts in nature. Classified by size and style based upon the shapes of their trunks, roots and branches, bonsai take many forms, from the iconic formal upright bonsai to the more dramatic slant bonsai that resemble windswept trees.


Tropical Sundays

Every Sunday in February, you can bask in the warmth of our glasshouse paradise and receive 50 percent off admission when your sport a tropical shirt.


Cultivate Your Interest

Want to learn more about orchids and bonsai? Public programs, included in the price of admission, are held Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in Palm Circle of the Tropical Forest Conservatory. The length varies and includes the following programs:

Orchids 101 | Demetria Marsh
Sat., Jan. 14
Discover wild and weird basics about plants.

Bonsai | Dan Yobp
Sun., Jan. 15
Receive expert advice on training bonsai.

Bonsai | Dan Yobp
Sun., Jan. 22
Receive expert advice on training bonsai.

What is an Orchid? | Tim Choltco
Sat., Jan. 28
Learn about these special tropical plants.

Bonsai | Dave Metzgar
Sun., Jan. 29
Learn the best strategies for creating bonsai.

Orchids | Dave Miller
Sat., Feb. 4
Celebrate your orchid’s first birthday!

Bonsai | Kevin Haughey
Sat., Feb. 11
Receive expert advice on training bonsai.

Orchid Repotting 101 | Tim Choltco
Sun., Feb. 19
Learn the basics of repotting orchids.

Advanced Orchid Growing | Demetria Marsh
Sat., Feb. 25
Build your orchid collection.

Orchid Diversity | Tim Choltco
Sat., March 4
Discover an amazing variety of orchids.

Bonsai | Bob Deitz
Sun., March 5
Receive expert advice on training bonsai.

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, designed by Phipps staff, runs from Sat., Jan. 14 – Sun., March 5 and is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman, Kristi Hoffman

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