November 2017

  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic!

    Opens Fri., Nov. 24
    Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*

    The most magical show of the year is here! Join us to celebrate the spirit of the season with glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, whimsical props and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden.
  • Garden Railroad: Treasure Island

    Opens Fri., Nov. 24

    Hoist your sails and hit the high seas as our ever-popular Garden Railroad transforms into a tropical island with joke-telling pirates and gleaming treasures.
  • Candlelight Evenings

    Opens Fri., Nov. 24
    Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.

    Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night as glowing candles light the walkways and live music fills the air.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive

    Mondays – Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – Close; Saturdays – Sundays All Day

    Switch your home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive a free Phipps membership!
  • Let’s Move Pittsburgh Symposium: Growing Healthy Children

    Thurs., Nov. 16; 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Join our gathering of parents, caregivers and organizations from all sectors for an open conversation on how we can work together improve the well-being of our region's children.
  • Environmental Film Series: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

    Fri., Nov. 17; 7 – 9 p.m.

    This exciting monthly event features a film screening followed by a dynamic discussion with film producers, scientists and environmental advocates.
  • Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes

    Fri., Nov. 17; ALERT: All three performances are now SOLD OUT.

    Kick off the holiday season with two of Pittsburgh's most treasured traditions. Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to enjoy the botanical delights of Phipps and vignettes from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker on the very same night.
  • Santa Visits

    Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 plus Nov. 24 and 27 and Dec. 18 – 22; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    This time of year, the man in the big red suit sets up shop in Pittsburgh's green oasis. Bring little ones, or the entire family, to pose for a festive photo with Santa, free with Phipps admission.
  • Gifts and Greens Market

    Nov. 30 – Dec. 2; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    From the glasshouse to your house, we're offering a large selection of fresh holiday greens and boutique gifts for loved ones in our shop at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park. This event is free and open to the public!
  • Birds and Botany: Works by Ashley Cecil

    Opens Fri., Nov. 17

    On display in our Welcome Center Gallery, this exhibition showcases the work of local artist Ashley Cecil, who was inspired by the impact of window collisions on local bird species to create a variety of media including paintings, wallpaper and bird-safe window film.
  • Native Edible Plants: A Botanical Art Exhibit

    Open Now

    On display in our Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, this collection of work from students of our Botanical Art and Illustration program highlights native edible plants of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • November Public Programs

    Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m. except where noted

    How does your garden grow? With our free-with-admission classes! From natural knitting to biodiversity, local experts bring it all to you surrounded by the beauty of our gardens.
  • Discovery Programs

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Plus Additional Days As Available

    Join us for one of our weekly scheduled Discovery Programs to engage our youngest visitors with the wonders of the natural world. All programs are free with admission and require no advance registration.
  • SEED Classroom and Observational Beehive Open Hours

    Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Except as Noted

    Phipps' revolutionary new SEED Classroom and observational beehive are now open for you to discover. Drop in during our Saturday open hours and a graduate of our Learning for a Greener Future high school internship will show you around. No advance reservation is required.
  • Tropical Forest Congo

    Open Now

    Explore our all-new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous peoples use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.