May 2019

  • Van Gogh in Bloom

    Opens Sat., May 11

    Experience the captivating work of Vincent van Gogh brought to three-dimensional life through vibrant blooms, majestic trees and hand-crafted props as recreations of his legendary paintings take center stage at Phipps this summer.
  • Butterfly Forest

    Opens Sat., April 20

    Watch colorful butterflies break free of their chrysalises to soar and glide among beautiful Phipps blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., May 2; 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!
  • Great Plant Auction

    Fri., May 3; 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Phipps Garden Center

    Eat, drink and bid on unique plants and accessories at our 35th annual auction to benefit Phipps education programs.
  • Party in the Tropics: Fiesta Night

    Fri., May 3; 7 – 11 p.m. (Ages 21+)

    Just ahead of Cinco de Mayo, May 3 is Fiesta Night at Party in the Tropics! Enjoy the bright colors of cinco de mayo, Spanish inspired music, a themed photo booth, chips and salsa and a tequila cocktail. Join us to fiesta like there's no mañana!
  • May Market

    May 10 – 11; Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    A fun family outing held just before Mother’s Day, our 83rd annual May Market features a wide selection of plants, gardening accessories, handmade goods and more.
  • Brunch in Bloom

    Sun., May 12 (Mother's Day); 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2 – 3:30 p.m.

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. This Mother's Day, join us to indulge in some of the freshest local, sustainable and seasonal flavors in the ‘Burgh.
  • National Public Gardens Discount Day: 50% Off Admission

    Mon., May 13; 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    For one day only, enjoy half-priced admission to Phipps in honor of National Public Gardens Week, an annual celebration of the nation's public gardens.
  • Phipps’ Big Green Block Party

    Thurs., May 16; 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

    Enjoy an evening of outdoor revelry, delicious food and drink, live entertainment and more as we celebrate Pittsburgh's bright green future!
  • Discovery Garden Day

    Sat., May 25; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Enjoy nature-inspired games, activities, crafts and more at the summer opening celebration of Phipps’ Discovery Garden, the interactive sensory garden that delights children and adults of all ages.
  • Absorbed in Color: The Art of Gemma Fletcher

    Open Now

    Inspired by her visits to Phipps, the kaleidoscopic collage work of Gemma Fletcher provides a colorful complement to Phipps' floral vibrance.
  • May Public Programs

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

    Join us each Saturday and Sunday in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for interactive demonstrations, activities and speakers that will deepen your connections to the beauty and wonders of nature, all free with admission!
  • Invasives Most Wanted: A Youth Art Exhibition

    Open Now

    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, view fun "wanted poster"-style artworks about some of Western Pennsylvania's best known invasive species as created by middle school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge.
  • 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.
  • 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.