May 2018

  • Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion

    Opens Sat., April 28

    Look and listen as spectacular interactive soundscapes, visual art and kinetic motion installations bring our stunning Summer Flower Show to life.
  • Butterfly Forest

    Open Now Through Mon., Sept. 3

    Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among the blooms. One may even land on you!
  • 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!
  • Party in the Tropics

    Friday, May 4; 7 – 11 p.m. (Ages 21+)

    Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
  • Great Plant Auction

    Fri., May 4; 6 p.m.

    Eat, drink and bid on unique plants and accessories at our 34th annual auction to benefit Phipps education programs.
  • May Market and National Public Gardens Day

    May 11 – 12; 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 82nd annual May Market features a wide selection of plants, gardening accessories, handmade goods and more.
  • Brunch in Bloom

    Sundays, April 1 (Easter Sunday) and May 13 (Mother's Day) SOLD OUT

    On two very special days, join us to indulge in some of the freshest local, sustainable and seasonal flavors in the ‘Burgh. Seating is limited, so R.S.V.P. today. Conservatory admission is included in the price!
  • Summer Fun Fest with UPMC Health Plan

    Sun., May 20; 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    At this one-day-only event, enjoy special activities from Let’s Move Pittsburgh and UPMC throughout the conservatory, including games, crafts, healthy lifestyle tips and more.
  • Discovery Garden Day

    Sat., May 26; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Bring the whole family to our Children's Discovery Garden for hands-on, sensory fun. Together, you’ll learn about plants and their pollinators through games, a potting station, crafts and more — all free with Conservatory admission.
  • Natives for Your Yard: A Botanical Art Exhibit

    Now Open

    On display at the Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, this collection of work from students of our Botanical Art and Illustration program highlights native plants of southwestern Pennsylvania that you may recognize from your own backyard.
  • Sunday Music Series

    Select Sundays; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

    On select Sunday afternoons, enjoy the visual beauty of the gardens enhanced by live performances by local musicians.
  • May 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 perennials to origami and flower arrangements to papermaking, 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.