Bonsai! It’s Another Awesome Flower Show At Phipps!

Achievement: #16. See 2 Phipps Flower Shows

We had initially planned on spreading out our two trips to various Phipps Conservatory Flower Shows a little more evenly through the year, but in February, something came up that was too interesting to skip: the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show!

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Outside, the greenery was nowhere to be seen. But inside…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
It was like a totally different world. So please, follow us through the conservatory on our pictorial tour!

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
The thing that interests me most about a bonsai is that you can see each choice its grower made in determining its form.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
There’s an artistry to it that’s showier than other kinds of floral design.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Not to mention the fact that the artists who cultivate bonsai are called Bonsai Masters. How cool is that?

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
We also got to see a wide variety of gorgeous and colorful orchids on display, in the Frank Sarris Orchid Room.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
There, a nice placard for you to read.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
The variety of shades and the subtle differences in the petals were pretty interesting.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
You had your striped patterns…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Your spotted patterns…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Pure whites…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Vibrant pinks…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
These nifty ones called “Saturday Nights”…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Whatsits…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
(Can you tell I know diddly-squat about horticulture? It doesn’t really matter, though — walking through it all was still a transcendent experience.)

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Later, we saw some more bonsai. This one had grown at what seemed like an impossible angle…

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Until we saw the angle at which this one had grown.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
This arrangement offered a variety of colorful orchids.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Purple!

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
I especially enjoyed the way some of the orchids had been arranged like vines along bamboo poles.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
One of my favorite aspects of these specialized shows is that they breathe new life into rooms you might have seen many times before.

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
Like so!

Phipps Orchid & Bonsai Show
We had a terrific time visiting the Bonsai and Orchid show, and we highly suggest you catch it the next time it comes around. In the meantime, check out Phipps’s schedule for upcoming flower shows and give one a chance! You won’t regret it.

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3 Responses to Bonsai! It’s Another Awesome Flower Show At Phipps!

  1. Phipps. My Zen place…like walk-through valium.

  2. Woubbie

    Oh, absolutely LOVELY! I actually have a wallpaper of the Orchid Room as my winter desktop picture. Thanks, Phipps! Think I’ll press the Windows button + D right now to look at it!

  3. Beautiful pics! Looks like a great time.

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