To inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.
The Phipps is looking to the future of sustainability as well. The buildings are among the greenest and most energy efficient in the world. But, I could go on all day. Instead, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Oh yes, one more thing, dinosaurs invaded the garden railroad this year, delighting children with their prehistoric antics and keeping parents and older friends and relations busy trying to find them all. Also, this is the only garden railway I've seen with an active volcano in its midst.
If you visit, give yourself a good 90 minutes to see it all. Go to their website for details at phipps.conservatory.org for the nitty gritty about hours and admission fees. It's not free, but it is worth the money!
The Personal Experience: The lobby of the Phipps where you purchase your ticket is nice ... but deceptive. It doesn't prepare you for what is to come. Since the Phipps was ready for Christmas, when we walked into the first green house, there was a woodwind ensemble playing seasonal music amidst the flowers and trees. It was impressive. It was startling as well to come in from 30 something degrees Pittsburgh outside to 70 something degrees inside. It was warm, smelled great, and everyone there was ready to soak up the environment. Conversation ensued, but in quiet tones that reflected the beautiful, elegant, calming plant life all around you. The subdued lighting for the Candlelight Evening draped the place in a sense of mystery and beauty that was played with by the inclusion of playful glass art, including some little people among the abundant flora.