The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse resting in Schenley Park in between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses. It has been a cultural and architectural centerpiece to the Oakland neighborhood since 1893. Over the years, the Phipps Conservatory has become a hot attraction and has lured all different kinds of people into Oakland to explore within its great glass walls; not to mention it is one of the America's greenest public gardens and home to the official welcome dinner of the 2009 G-20 summit.
Phipps has grown to be a powerful advocate for advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening, and widespread environmental awareness. The mission of Phipps is to educate all on the beauty and importance of plants while advancing sustainability and promoting human and environmental well-being through action and research.
Phipps Conservatory is jam-packed with awesome exhibits and events to take advantage of in addition to its 17 indoor and outdoor gardens full of vibrant flowers and tropical plants. And these exhibits are constantly changing so there is always a reason to go back. Right now Phipps is featuring a beautiful summer Glass in the Gardens exhibit where dazzling glass creations of artists working in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania will make the gardens shimmer and shine all summer long, a butterfly forest exhibit where exotic and colorful butterflies will be fluttering around, a “Party in the Tropics” event for crowds 21 and over on select Fridays in 2013, and a local farmers market featuring organic and naturally grown foods. And these are just a few examples of what's in store at Phipps.
Phipps also offers a wide variety of classes, conferences, and other educational events for adults and children as well as green-thumb gardeners looking to expand their knowledge of all things gardening and nature.