February 2016

  • Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show

    Opens Sat., Jan. 16

    Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchids arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
  • Friday Nights of Winter Lights

    Fridays, Jan. 15 – Feb. 12; 5 – 10 p.m.

    Take one more walk through the dazzling light displays in our Outdoor and Children’s Discovery Gardens while our indoor spaces showcase orchids, bonsai, and garden railroad displays.
  • We Heart Our Members: February Free Days

    Select Dates in February

    Phipps joins with 11 of Pittsburgh’s leading cultural organizations to say “thank you” to our dedicated members by offering free admission on select dates this February. Check out the calendar of free days and plan your visit to one of our amazing neighbor institutions.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thursday, Feb. 4; 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, Feb. – May; 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.
  • Tinker Bell in the Tropics

    Sat. Feb. 6; 11 a.m.

    Look for the second star to the right and head straight on 'til Saturday morning at Phipps for a creative movement class with Tinker Bell! Presented by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
  • 5-2-1-0 Day

    Sun., Feb. 7; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Calling all kids! Join us for day of good health and great fun at 5-2-1-0 Day, a celebration of our new effort to reinforce healthy lifestyle choices that benefit local kids.
  • Tropical Sundays

    Sundays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28

    Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees each Sunday during the month of February.
  • Tropical Forest Congo Festival

    Sat., Feb. 20; 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 fruit samples from Café Phipps. This event is free with admission to the conservatory.
  • Fourth Annual Seed and Plant Swap

    Sat., Feb. 27; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Hosted at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland)

    Join us and Grow Pittsburgh at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland to swap seeds and plants, acquire tips and get ready for a great season of gardening. Bring seeds you saved from last year and take home a new selection to grow this year. Free and open to the public.
  • Garden Railroad

    Open Now

    Watch the plots of fairy tales and fables like "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three Little Pigs," Peter Pan and more come to life with interactive buttons, exquisitely detailed props and miniature living plants.
  • 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.
  • February Public Programs

    Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m.

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From beekeeping to bonsai and conifer care to compost, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • Natural Forms: Photographs of 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.
  • Green Schools Conference & Expo

    March 31 – April 1; David Lawrence Convention Center

    The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) brings together green schools thought leaders and champions, including educators, school administrators, nonprofit and corporate partners, and elected officials, to advance the shared vision of green schools for all within this...
  • 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.