May 2016

  • Butterfly Forest

    Open Now

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

    Open Now

    In this playful new show, Phipps comes alive with the colors of summer fun, and each room offers interactive features, vintage garden décor and more.
  • May Market and National Public Gardens Day

    May 6 – 7; Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    A fun family outing held just before Mother’s Day, our 80th annual May Market features a wide selection of plants,gardening accessories, handmade goods and more.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., May 5; 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

    Fri., May 6; 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.
  • Glasshouse Happy Hours

    Thurs., May 12; 6 – 8 p.m.; 21+ Only

    Join us as we partner with PUMP to continue our new series of happy hour events with Wigle Whiskey cocktails, inspired bites and a performance by Attack Theatre.
  • Bowties and Butterflies

    Thurs., May 19; 6:30 – 10 p.m.

    Join us for an unforgettable garden party as we welcome beautiful butterflies back to our Stove Room and celebrate the return of summer.
  • Discovery Garden Day

    Sat., May 28; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Bring the whole family to our Children's Discovery Garden for hands-on, sensory fun. Together, you’ll learn about plants and their pollinators through games, a potting station, crafts and more — all free with Conservatory admission.
  • May Public Programs

    Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m. except where noted

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From origami to oils and healthy eating to gardening, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • Discovery Programs

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Plus Additional Days As Available

    Join us for one of our weekly scheduled Discovery Programs to engage our youngest visitors with the wonders of the natural world. All programs are free with admission and require no advance registration.
  • Natural Forms: Photographs by Paul g. Wiegman

    Open Now

    In this series, local photographer Paul g. Wiegman endeavors to capture the essence of individual species of native plants by presenting them in stark isolation and exquisite detail.
  • Spring Blooms of Western Pennsylvania: A Youth Art Exhibition

    Open Now

    In the Welcome Center Gallery, enjoy original artworks depicting Western Pennsylvania's spring blooms created by middle and high school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge.
  • Native Trees: A Botanical Art Exhibit

    Open Now

    On display at Phipps Garden Center, this gallery of work from students of our Botanical Art and Illustration program highlights native trees of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Environmental Change: A Youth Art Exhibition

    Opens Fri., May 6

    In the Welcome Center Gallery, enjoy original comic-strip artworks depicting ecosystem changes created by middle and high school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brunch in Bloom

    Sunday, May 8

    SOLD OUT: Please call 412/651-5281 to be put on our waitlist. On two very special days, join us to indulge in some of the freshest local, sustainable and seasonal flavors in the ‘Burgh. Seating is limited, so R.S.V.P. today; Conservatory admission is included in the price!