Friday, August 15, 2014

A Visit to Phipps Conservatory


I recently had the opportunity to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you are ever in Pittsburgh, stop in and spend a few hours in the conservatory and gardens. It will be worth the trip to see the beautiful gardens inside this very old conservatory. Phipps Conservatory was founded in 1893 by industrialist Henry Phipps. Mr. Phipps gave the conservatory to the city of Pittsburgh as a gift.


When you visit the conservatory and gardens you will learn how they have created a Center for Sustainable Landscapes which is one of the greenest buildings in the world. It is net-zero energy and net-zero water. Here are some photos of some of the many things you can see at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.


The conservatory has over 30 pieces of Chihuly glass on exhibit in the gardens. The pieces are spectacular!

Have you ever visited a roof top garden. This garden is beautiful and has a wonderful view of the city.

 One of the many water features found on the property.


This is a miniature garden with dinosaurs and a volcano that smokes and erupts. What a fun place for children to visit.

Many of the garden rooms have miniature trains and water features.

This was my favorite room! I really like the design and the colors that were used.  I could have spent the day sitting and enjoying it.

This room has fountains and a train that runs around the garden.

The Desert  Room was filled with a collection of desert plants. Do you see the Chihuly glass hanging from the roof?

 The Japanese Garden with rocks, ponds, bonsai trees and lanterns was beautiful and relaxing to walk in.


The entrance inside the conservatory was very lush and exotic.

I enjoyed visiting the Orchid Room filled with spectacular orchids and the Butterfly Room with butterflies flying around  the plants. 
If you ever visit Pittsburgh, stop by the conservatory and plan to visit for at least 3 to 4 hours to see everything that they have to offer. It will be worth the trip!

Happy Gardening!

Debbie

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