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Thurs., May 30

Join us for an unforgettable evening to celebrate the opening of our Summer Flower Show: Under the Sea – and welcome the return of Butterfly Forest.

Robert and Sharon Sclabassi

Event Chairs

Athena Sarris

Honorary Event Chair

On Thurs., May 30, a premiere party will reunite friends in Pittsburgh’s glasshouse jewel to celebrate the opening of our Summer Flower Show: Under the Sea – and welcome the return of our Butterfly Forest after a three-year hiatus. During Celebration Under the Sea, the Conservatory will be alive with stunning, fragrant blooms, good friends and choice food and entertainment reflecting the whimsical undersea adventure theme of this year’s summer show. Proceeds help Phipps to reach new levels of excellence in horticultural display, expand the scope of its research and innovation around human and environmental health, and provide valuable education and community outreach to more people than ever before. 

V.I.P. Reception  |  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fine wines, delectable hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and cuisine

Garden Party  |  7:30 – 10 p.m.
Cash bar (drink tickets at select levels), small plates and special entertainment


Ticket Options and Support Levels

Honorary Host and VIP Supporter Levels
From $250 | includes access to both 6:30 and 7:30 celebrations

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Garden Party Patron and Guest Levels
From $75 | includes access to 7:30 Garden Party

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We can’t wait to make this a celebration for the ages — together, let's toast to Phipps’ bright future by celebrating an evening under the sea!

Additional Support Levels
Additional support levels include the Founder's Society ($13,100 and above), Chairman's Circle ($5,131 - $13,099), Trustee's Society ($3,131 - $5,130), Director's Circle ($1,310 - $3,130) and Event Donors (up to $1,309).
Click here to make an additional support gift.


To reserve your tickets, select the "Get Tickets" buttons above or contact us at 412-622-6915, ext. 6500 or bford@phipps.conservatory.org. Please reply by Thurs., May 23. 

Questions? Contact us at gdufour@phipps.conservatory.org or 412-622-6915, ext. 3966.

Complimentary valet parking will be available. Wear what makes you feel wonderful — cocktail and business attire is encouraged!

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Butterfly Forest

    OPEN NOW

    Watch colorful butterflies break free of their chrysalises to soar and glide among beautiful Phipps blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Sea Creature Creations: A Youth Art Exhibit

    NOW OPEN

    In this annual exhibit in our Welcome Center, view sea creature creations from The Fairchild Challenge student participants.
  • Adult Education at Phipps

    See description for dates and times

    Peruse our offerings for an exciting variety of fun and enriching programs on gardening, culinary arts and more to let your inspiration grow this season.