October 2018

  • Fall Flower Show: 125 Years of Wonder

    Opens Sat., Oct. 13 – Three Weeks Only

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

    Opens Sat., Oct. 13

    All aboard! Join us on a treasured locomotive journey through the years at Phipps, with fun, interactive features at every stop.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba

    Now Open

    Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive new Tropical Forest exhibit.
  • 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!
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., Oct. 4; 6 p.m.

    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!
  • Three Rivers Urban Soil Symposium

    Oct. 4 – 5; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Join Phipps and other regional experts for a two-day exploration of urban soils and their relation to agriculture, stormwater management and climate.
  • Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Journey


    Through this immersive retreat to the serene beauty of the southwestern Pennsylvania forests, you will emerge with new breakthrough levels of intuition and awakening.
  • Family Barre with Let’s Move Pittsburgh and YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

    Sun., Oct. 14; 9:30 a.m.

    Join us at Phipps for a free, family-style barre class presented by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh.
  • Phipps at 125: A Glasshouse Celebration

    Thurs., Oct. 18; 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

    Our 125th anniversary sets the stage for our biggest party ever! Celebrate Phipps through the ages with an enticing variety of entertainment and dancing, food and drink, and interactive experiences.
  • Native Plant and Sustainability Conference

    Sat., Oct. 27; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    The annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our role as environmental stewards.
  • Halloween Happenings

    Fri., Oct. 26; 4 – 8 p.m.

    Bring costumed kids for a boo-tanical bash as we offer a host of fun family activities and healthy snacks, all free with Phipps admission!
  • October 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 botanical embroidery to floral arrangements, 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.
  • Nature Lab Open Hours

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

    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is 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.