September 2015

  • Butterfly Forest

    Now Through Sept. 7

    Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among the blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Summer Flower Show

    Open Now

    Discover the vibrant hues, tantalizing textures and strange shapes of some of Earth’s most weird and wonderful botanical specimens in a show that will turn your head and treat your senses.
  • Farmers at Phipps

    Wednesdays; 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.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Sept. 3; 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking)

    Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly to discuss how citizens can strengthen the bond between people and nature through education and action. Registration is required but events are free to attend. Join the conversation!
  • Party in the Tropics

    Friday, Sept. 4; 7 - 11 p.m. (Ages 21+)

    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.
  • Fall Round Up

    Sept. 11 – 13; Friday, 1 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Headed to Mellon Park's annual Fair in the Park? Stop by our Shop in the Park at Phipps Garden Center, where we’ll be hosting a special sale on the patio along with a variety of other local vendors.
  • Members-Only Peek Behind the Petals

    Saturday, Sept. 26; 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

    Come learn all about our extensive orchid collection with Phipps Display Horticulturist Georgia Wahl at this behind-the-scenes presentation just for members.
  • Tropical Forest Congo Festival

    Saturday, Sept. 26; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Join us for a celebration of the culture and plants of the Congo. Participate in activities, enjoy live entertainment, and savor African fruit samples from Café Phipps. This event is free with admission to the conservatory.
  • Botany in Action: Meet the Scientists

    Saturday, Sept. 26; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Explore the exciting world of scientific discovery by meeting our Botany in Action fellows and learning about their field work in the United States, Africa and Peru, free with Phipps admission.
  • Let’s Move Pittsburgh Family Yoga

    Sunday, Sept. 27; 10 a.m.

    Join us on our front lawn for a free, family-style yoga class presented by WHIRL Magazine and Let’s Move Pittsburgh.
  • September Public Programs

    Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m.

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From origami to orchids and medicinal plants to monarchs, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • SEED Classroom Open Hours

    Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Phipps' revolutionary new SEED Classroom is now open for you to discover. Drop in and a graduate of our Learning for a Greener Future high school internship will show you the modular, non-toxic building's amazing features. No advance reservation is required.
  • Rugged Grace: Works by Heeyoung Kim

    Open Now

    Now on display in our Welcome Center gallery, a series of illustrations from nationally recognized contemporary botanical artist Heeyoung Kim explores the under-appreciated beauty of native plants and draws attention to rapidly decreasing plant populations.
  • Tropical Forest Congo

    Open Now

    Explore our all-new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous peoples use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.