NOTE: Phipps is open for your visit. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and safety protocols must be followed. Learn more about how you can join us!

Through Sun., Feb. 28

LAST CHANCE: Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance
LAST CHANCE: Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance
LAST CHANCE: Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance
LAST CHANCE: Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance

Wash away the winter blues with gorgeous displays of all-star specimens from two of Phipps’ finest collections.

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The all-new Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance showcases the beautiful specimens of two of Phipps’ renowned collections in immersive, vibrant displays. There’s no better escape from cold winter days than a stroll through our verdant glasshouse, and A Splash of Brilliance provides color, warmth and wellness in a space where safety is the highest priority.

Exhibit Features

  • Find your flow as you admire a tiered fountain cascading with white orchids and dripping with silver Spanish moss as two Christmas palms tower above.
  • Step into Phipps’ paradise, where a soundtrack of water trickling from various water features exudes serenity.
  • Look up in the Sunken Garden, where orchids in planted chandeliers, ring baskets and hanging baskets fill the air.
  • Soak in the vibrant colors and whimsical shapes of orchids arranged in six- and nine-foot towers in the shape of dripping fountains.
  • Marvel at the graceful beauty of our tropical bonsai specimens that have been in training for decades, showcasing a wide variety of species and pruning techniques.
  • Listen to the sound of a bamboo shishi-odoshi, or deer scarer fountain, providing a gentle repeating thud as the bamboo fills up and tips over.

Plus, guests at A Splash of Brilliance can enjoy the miniature marvels of Garden Railroad: Rails and Trails. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in Phipps’ Biophilia Park, featuring a pontoon boat cruising along a lake, an audience enjoying a concert at a band shell and all-new touchless interactive features in an exhibit that is sure to delight guests of all ages. 

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance is designed by Kevin Haughey, Jordyn Melino and Katie Schuller. The show runs from Jan. 23 – Feb. 28. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.

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Phipps is open for your visit. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and new safety protocols are required. Learn how you can join us!

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Photos © Phil Johnson II and Paul g. Wiegman 

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