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Thurs., June 16
Tropical Forest Hawai’i: The Premiere Party

Join social and civic leaders and friends for an unforgettable evening getaway to celebrate the grand opening of Tropical Forest Hawai'i at Phipps.

On Thursday, June 16, Phipps is inviting guests to experience an evening getaway as we celebrate the opening of the culturally rich and ecologically diverse exhibit, Tropical Forest Hawai‘i. The evening’s festivities will include delicious food and drink, including Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, live music and dance and a chance to explore Pittsburgh’s incredible new tropical paradise. Proceeds benefit Phipps’ Botany in Action, a research fellowship developing the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed to excellent research and public educational outreach. Since its inception, the fellowship has aided 70 doctoral-level students representing 32 universities and working in 28 countries.   

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V.I.P. Reception  |  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Exclusive cocktails, passed appetizers and welcome lei presentation

Garden Party  |  7:30 – 10 p.m.
Tropical beverages, delicious appetizers and special entertainment

We can’t wait to make this a celebration for the ages — together, let's toast to Phipps’ bright future by celebrating a night in tropical paradise!

Benefactor tickets are $150 per person and include the private V.I.P. Reception at 6:30 p.m. and Garden Party at 7:30 p.m. Patron tickets are $125 per person and include the Garden Party at 7:30 p.m. 

Honorary Host Committee

We invite you to help us lead this very special Tropical Forest Premiere Party by joining our Honorary Host Committee. In this role, you will lend your name to this historic event by allowing Phipps to publish your name on program materials. Honorary Host Committee Benefactor tickets are $350 per person and include the private V.I.P. Reception with refreshment and food service at 6:30 p.m., special recognition and the Garden Party at 7:30 p.m. Honorary Host Committee Patron tickets are $250 per person and include the private V.I.P. Reception at 6:30 p.m. and the Garden Party at 7:30 p.m.

Join the Host Committee

Additional support levels include the Founder's Society ($10,000), Chairman's Circle ($5,000), Trustee's Society ($3,000), Director's Circle ($1,000) and Event Donors ($500). Click here to make an additional support gift.

To reserve your tickets, select the "Purchase Tickets" button below, or contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 3966 or Please reply by Thurs., June 9. 

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Questions? Contact Karen at or 412-622-6915, ext. 3966.

Complimentary valet parking will be available. Wear what makes you feel fabulous — island-inspired attire is encouraged!

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    Watch colorful butterflies break free of their chrysalises to soar and glide among beautiful Phipps blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Climate Educator Happy Hour

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    Join Phipps, Communitopia and Green Building Alliance for a happy hour series for educators interested in meeting others who are also teaching about climate change.
  • In-Person Story Time

    WEDNESDAYS starting June 1; 10:30 A.M. AND 1 P.M.

    Come to Phipps for story time among the flowers. Kids will love visiting Phipps to listen to our storyteller weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.