Make a Gift. Make History.

Built in 1893 at the height of Pittsburgh’s industrial revolution, Phipps Conservatory was brought into existence as a sanctuary — a green space where smog-weary citizens could find respite from the notorious steel mills and smoke stacks that populated our bustling metropolis. Today, as one of America’s greenest public gardens in one of the nation’s most livable cities, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens not only carries on this legacy, but continues to evolve far beyond our own founding mission by creating one of the greenest buildings on Earth and meeting the globe’s highest sustainability standards.

As part of a three-part master plan for expansion, the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) — a landmark structure used for groundbreaking research and education programs — is the culmination of our green transformation, which began with the addition of the first LEED® certified visitor center in a public garden; our state-of-the-art Production Greenhouses; and a Tropical Forest Conservatory that debuted as the most energy-efficient structure of its kind. With a design that carries the vitality cultivated inside Phipps’ glass walls to the environs outside, the CSL now serves as a model for an even brighter future that everyone can embrace.  And, in fact, when it comes to metaphors to describe our city in the present day, perhaps there is none better than Phipps’ campus, which stands tall as a symbol of healing as our heritage merges seamlessly with modern technologies, making Pittsburgh a true leader in urban renewal.

With your contribution to Phipps' Capital Campaign you,too, can be a part of this exciting progress. Make a gift today and help us make history. For more information about current projects and how you can contribute, please contact our development department at 412/441-4442, ext. 3701.Thank you!

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