December 2017

  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic!

    Open Now
    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

    Open Now

    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

    Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m. Daily

    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!
  • 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!
  • Holiday Dinner at Phipps

    Fri., Dec. 1; 6 and 8 p.m.

    NOTE: This event is now SOLD OUT. For one very special evening, join us for a delicious holiday dinner and a stroll through our Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. Conservatory admission is included in the price!
  • Members-Only Shopping Hours and Discount

    Sat., Dec. 2; 8 – 10 a.m.

    Members: have the Shop at Phipps all to yourself as we open early just for you and take an extra 10-percent off on top of your member discount.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs. Dec. 7; 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking)

    Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly to discuss how citizens can strengthen the bond between people and nature through education and action. Registration is required but events are free to attend. Join the conversation!
  • Family Zumba with Let’s Move Pittsburgh and YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

    Sun., Dec. 10; 9 a.m.

    Join us at Phipps for a free, family-style zumba class presented by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh.
  • Family Fun Days

    Tues., Dec. 26 – Sat., Dec. 30; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Looking for a fun and educational outing for the kids during winter break? Join us for crafts, plant potting and more, all free with Phipps admission.
  • New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

    Sun., Dec. 31; 6 – 9 p.m.

    Ring in 2018 with the whole family at Phipps and participate in an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. All activities are free with Phipps admission.
  • Birds and Botany: Works by Ashley Cecil

    Open Now

    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.
  • December Public Programs

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

    Grow your garden know-how by attending a free-with-admission class. From origami to African cuisine, 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.