The Phipps Winter Flower Show

Achievement: #16. See 2 Phipps Flower Shows

If there’s one definitive thing I think any tourist to Pittsburgh should do, it’s visit Phipps Conservatory. I don’t know of many other cities who have a botanical garden at all, let alone one quite like ours. They feature different installments throughout the year, their seasonal flower shows, and a variety of artwork from both local and national artists. And because I love Phipps so much, we decided to feature two of their flower shows this year to share with our readers!

The Winter Flower Show is one of the most majestic: during its run at the gardens, Phipps is open extended hours until 11pm each night. While the gardens are beautiful during the day, there’s nothing quite like Phipps after dark, especially with the magical winter decorations in place. We visited last night, and rather than do a lot of explaining, we’ll let the photos tell the story:

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Outside the entrance.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
The beautiful entryway to the Fern Room.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Lovely glass mushrooms from Jenn Figg & Matthew McCormack.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Hanging glass snowflakes.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Entrance to the nighttime Winter Garden.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Lights in winter garden.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Tunnel of lights.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Winter garden.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Winter garden.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Winter garden.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Lovely benches to sit on and enjoy the sights.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Michael on the path.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Fountain in winter garden.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Trees and glass art in the Serpentine Room.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
The gryphons adopt a third.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Edward Scissorhands was here!

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Gift boxes in the Sunken Garden.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Broderie Room.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Christmas Tree on the lagoon in the Victoria Room.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Santa’s Workshop in the East Room.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
Carousel horses in the corners of the Sunken Garden room.

Phipps Winter Flower Show
(My expert skills at setting the self-timer on our camera!)

The pictures are gorgeous, but they still don’t do the experience of visiting Phipps for the Winter Flower Show justice. There’s nothing quite like strolling through the gardens at your own pace, taking everything in. The show runs through Sunday, January 12th, so you still have plenty of time to check it out! (Although I’d say plan for long lines on the weekend.) Phipps is open until 11pm each night through the end of this flower show and has free parking.

3 Comments

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3 Responses to The Phipps Winter Flower Show

  1. conte

    That was gorgeous!! Someday my wife and I will have a garden just as nice!!!!

  2. woubbie

    Oooh. The outdoor lighting looks better than it did last year! This is the first time in a while that we didn’t go to the winter show!!! *sigh* On the positive side, I got a lovely wallpaper from Phipps that I have on my work computer to help me survive winter in my cubicle – a very nice shot of the orchid room!

  3. conte

    Edward Scissorhands made a reindeer!

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