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Now through September

Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls
Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls
Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls
Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls

Join us for a magical adventure throughout the conservatory this summer! 

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This summer, join us for a magical adventure at Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls! Featuring one-of-a-kind displays of trolls inspired by the mythological creatures found in folklore and pop culture, this immersive, interactive exhibit is unlike anything Phipps has displayed before. 

Surprises await upon every turn – but fear not! Upon entry to the conservatory, guests will encounter Fen and Ivy, two friendly trolls who will prepare them for the adventure ahead, introducing each unique troll to come and giving tips for how to handle the most mischievous.

Sharing the Palm Court with Fen and Ivy is Leif, a six-eyed topiary troll standing at 6 feet tall and made of grasses and dried plant materials. 

As guests traverse through the conservatory, the adventure continues! In the Serpentine Room, follow the path under a rustic, ivy-covered stone bridge where Bridget the Bridge Troll crouches by a fire, asking riddles which guests must answer before they pass. Bridget has stored trinkets throughout the room, and clever guests may notice that the answers to the riddles are hidden among the treasures! 

Other magical features throughout the show include a whimsical troll in the South Conservatory taking the tradition of 'forest bathing' quite literally as he washes up in a pond in the center bed of the room. Four massive muddy footprints lead to the bank of the pond, where the bathing troll sits at 12 feet tall, scratching his back with a broken-off branch of a nearby tree. His body is made of dried plant materials, while fluffy ferns create his hair and beard. 

In the Victoria Room, an island planted with buttonwood trees, willow trees and a variety of flowers and grassy plants floats atop a pond. This seemingly calm feature will come alive upon closer inspection as it is revealed to be a troll living under the water! Guests can watch him growl and shoot water in the air. 

The large trolls are not the only trolls in this show, however, as guests should keep an eye out for several dozen tiny doors throughout the conservatory that feature a series of tiny trolls inside! 

Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls Virtual Video Tour

Buy or Rent The Hidden Life of Trolls Virtual Video Tour

Take a magical adventure from the comfort of your own home with a virtual tour of The Hidden Life of Trolls, including a version with commentary from Phipps staff.

Name That Troll

Help Us Name Our South Conservatory Troll

The troll in our South Conservatory needs a name! Help us choose a name for this gentle giant by filling out the form on this website. A winning name will be chosen by Phipps staff, and the person to suggest the winning name will receive a $100 Phipps gift certificate which can be used for admission, membership, education courses, and purchases from The Shop at Phipps and Café Phipps.

Making-Of Blog

Go Behind the Scenes in Our Making-Of Blog

In a three-part blog series (one might call it a troll-ogy!), we’re taking you behind the scenes to discover how this larger-than-life exhibit came to be.

Phipps Presents: Make Your Own Troll!

Make Your Own Troll!

To invite even more trolls to the party, Ivy and Fen are asking Phipps fans ages 12 and under to Make Your Own Troll! Select troll artworks will be displayed during the show. Submit today!

Bring Home the Magic: Dolls and Books Available Now!

Bring home the magic of Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls for your young Phipps fan with two cuddly dolls of the show mascots, Fen and Ivy, and a special story of their adventures in the Conservatory.

Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls runs through Sun., Sept. 26. The show is designed by Associate Director of Exhibits Jordyn Melino with animatronics and models by Visionary Effects and Tolin FX; Fen and Ivy characters are designed by Piper Thibodeau. Phipps is open 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. on Fridays. 

Buy Tickets Online

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

Buy Tickets

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman, Phil Johnson II, Mark Dixon

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