October 2016

  • Summer Flower Show: PlayGardens

    Daily Through Sun. Oct. 2

    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.
  • Farmers at Phipps

    Wednesdays; 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Refresh your food shopping experience! Visit our sustainably managed front lawn to browse one of only a few area farmers’ markets offering exclusively organic or Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables and more from local farms.
  • SEED Classroom and Observational Beehive Open Hours

    Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Phipps' revolutionary new SEED Classroom and observational beehive are now open for you to discover. Drop in during our Saturday open hours and a graduate of our Learning for a Greener Future high school internship will show you around. No advance reservation is required.
  • 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.
  • David Morrison: Drawings

    Open Now

    On display in our Welcome Center gallery, this collection of hyperrealist colored pencil drawings by artist David Morrison illustrates the beautiful but ephemeral aspects of nature.
  • 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.
  • October 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 birds and bonsai to origami, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., Oct. 6; 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

    First Fridays, Oct. 7 and Nov. 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.
  • Ashley Cecil, Augustina Droze and Deirdre Murphy: Emergent Patterns

    Opens Fri., Oct. 14

    On display in our Center for Sustainable Landscapes, this exhibition showcases three remarkable artists whose works explore patterns of collective behavior in nature through painting, sculpture and textile design.
  • Native Plant and Sustainability Conference

    Saturday, Oct. 15; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    The annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our role as environmental stewards. Topics include using native plants in landscape design, maintaining regional biodiversity and creating...
  • Fall Flower Show: Bask in Nature’s Bounty

    Opens Sat., Oct. 15

    In this year's Fall Flower Show, iconic harvest traditions come alive with the colors and activities of fall.
  • Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh

    Opens Sat., Oct. 15

    Travel back in time with Phipps' Garden Railroad as 200 years of Pittsburgh history come to life with interactive buttons, exquisitely detailed props and miniature living plants.
  • Let’s Move Pittsburgh and YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Family Yoga

    Sun., Oct. 23; 9 a.m.

    Join us at Phipps for a free, family-style yoga class presented by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh.
  • Wines Under Glass: Flavors of the Continents

    Thurs., Oct. 27; 6:30 – 10 p.m.

    Join revelers and friends for wine, cuisine and entertainment from around the globe as we celebrate Tropical Forest Congo and our gorgeous Fall Flower Show.
  • Halloween Happenings

    Fri., Oct. 28; 4 – 8 p.m.

    Bring costumed kids for a boo-tanical bash as we offer a host of fun family activities and healthy snacks, all free with Phipps admission.