Now Open
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion
Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion

Look and listen as spectacular interactive soundscapes, visual art and kinetic motion installations bring our stunning summer show to life.

Buy Tickets

“BIZARRE AND ESSENTIAL...
otherworldly [and] immersive”

— Pittsburgh Magazine

“A FEAST for the SENSES”

— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“You can HEAR and SEE
how much FUN it is!”

KDKA-TV

“ALIVE with SOUND and MOTION”

— Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“BEAUTY only Phipps can provide”

Sand and Snow

Delight your senses at Phipps’ Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion. Featuring contemporary installations by artists from Pittsburgh and beyond, this exciting new show will immerse visitors in a world of beauty filled with interactive art, music and flowers that will spark creativity and unfold imagination. The whole family will enjoy this thrilling sensory adventure, surrounded by colorful blooms, surprises and special effects!

  • Visit the fluttering friends of Butterfly Forest, featuring a dynamic soundscape designed by students at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Follow the sounds to an enchanted woodland inhabited by friendly topiary giants and intricately decorated with living wreath chandeliers and hanging trees in hues of blue, orange and yellow.
  • Be mesmerized by the wind sculptures of renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, supersized copper creations that make beautiful, complex patterns with each gentle breeze.
  • Connect to nature like never before with Music of the Plants™, a special musical instrument that lets you interact with living plants as they respond to your voice and touch.
  • Enjoy breathtaking moving mobiles in vibrant shades of green, white and blue suspended over colorful bromeliads, Anthurium and Caladium plants.
  • Create your own fountain show — and its musical soundtrack — by making water dance in a new interactive installation by artist Jakob Marsico of Ultra Low Res Studio.
  • See stunning flower sculptures accompanied by a continuously evolving soundscape by sound artist and experimental musician Jesse Stiles.

Bring the Excitement Home: Lyman Whitaker Sculptures Available for Purchase

The dazzling Lyman Whitaker works seen in Summer Flower Show are available for purchase from Leopold Gallery, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Phipps. Click here for a list of inventory, and inquire at the Shop at Phipps or call 816/333-3111 for more information.

Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion, designed by Exhibit Coordinator Jordyn Melino and featuring the work of Lyman Whitaker presented by Leopold Gallery, Jesse Stiles, Jakob Marsico of Ultra Low Res Studio and the Experimental Sound Synthesis students of Carnegie Mellon University, runs Sat., April 28 – Sun., Sept. 30. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors and students, and $11.95 for children (2 – 18). Members and kids under 2 enter free.

Buy Tickets Online

For your convenience, you may now buy your Phipps tickets online in advance of your visit.

Buy Tickets

Select photos © Paul g. Wiegman

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Natives for Your Garden: A Botanical Art Exhibit

    Now Open

    On display in our Welcome Center, this collection of work from students of our Botanical Art and Illustration program highlights native plants of southwestern Pennsylvania that you may recognize from your own backyard.
  • Peek Behind the Petals

    Sat., Sept. 29; 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

    Join our Botany in Action Fellows and discover where their research has taken them this past year at this special presentation exclusively for members.
  • Fall Flower Show: 125 Years of Wonder

    Opens Sat., Oct. 13

    Celebrate Phipps' tradition of spectacular Fall Flower Shows with a reimagining of some of the most memorable displays in our 125-year history.