May 2017

  • SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath

    Opens Sat., May 6

    Ten years after Chihuly at Phipps, master glass artist Jason Gamrath brings a new twist to the art form, creating remarkably accurate botanical pieces on a massive scale, standing from six to 14 feet tall.
  • Butterfly Forest

    Opens Sat., April 22

    Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among the blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., May 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!
  • SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath: The Opening Party

    Thurs., May 4; 6:30 – 10 p.m.

    Join us for an unforgettable garden party to celebrate SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath, a spectacular new glass show in the tradition of Dale Chihuly and Hans Godo Fräbel.
  • Party in the Tropics

    Friday, May 5; 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.
  • Great Plant Auction

    Fri., May 5; 6 p.m.

    Eat, drink and bid on unique plants and accessories at our 33rd annual auction to benefit Phipps education programs.
  • SUPER. NATURAL. Members Night

    Wed., May 10; 6:30 – 9 p.m.

    Phipps members: Join us for a free, private viewing of SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath as a special thank you for your dedicated support throughout the year.
  • 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series

    Thurs., May 11; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    At this bimonthly event series, guest speakers share the latest recommendations for how to build healthy environments for children as a free service to educators, healthcare professionals, parents and caregivers and anyone who has a passion for the wellbeing of our children.
  • May Market and National Public Gardens Day

    May 12 – 13; 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 81st annual May Market features a wide selection of plants, gardening accessories, handmade goods and more.
  • Brunch in Bloom

    Sundays, April 16 (Easter Sunday) and May 14 (Mother's Day)

    BOTH DATES ARE NOW SOLD OUT. 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!
  • Environmental Film Series

    Fridays, May 19 and June 16; 7 – 9 p.m.

    The Environmental Film Series is an exciting monthly event inviting community members to come together to view environmental films and documentaries. Each viewing will be followed by a dynamic discussion with film producers, scientists and environmental advocates.
  • Jazz in the Garden

    Thurs., May 25; 7 – 10 p.m.

    Beat the summer heat with cool tunes and full blooms as The Benny Benack Big Band brings classic jazz to our lush, colorful Outdoor Garden at this popular annual event.
  • Discovery Garden Day

    Sat., May 27; 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.
  • Companion Plants: A Youth Art Exhibition

    Open Now

    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, enjoy original drawings depicting the inner workings of beneficial plant relationships created by high school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge environmental competition.
  • 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 beekeeping to bonsai and conifer care to compost, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.