April 2018

  • Spring Flower Show: Scents of Wonder

    Now Open

    Get nose-to-petal with thousands of aromatic lilies, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more spring favorites as they fill the glasshouse with color and fragrance.
  • Butterfly Forest

    Opens Sat., April 21

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

    Wed., April 4; 6 p.m. and Thurs., April 26; 6:30 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!
  • 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!
  • First Taste of Cuba: The Tropical Forest Debut Party

    Thurs., April 5; 6:30 – 10 p.m.

    Join social and civic leaders and friends for the celebratory grand opening of Tropical Forest Cuba, the new immersive three-year exhibition at Phipps.
  • Used Bulb Sale

    Saturdays, March 24, April 7 and April 21; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

    Take a piece of Spring Flower Show home with you by participating in one of our annual sales. Come early for the best selection!
  • Party in the Tropics

    Fridays April 13 and 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.
  • Earth Day Celebration

    April 20 – 23; See schedule for full details

    Here at Phipps, we believe that every day is Earth Day — and to celebrate the planet and our important role in keeping it healthy, we’re presenting four days of fun activities, presentations and more.
  • Petals and Pollinators: A Youth Art Exhibition

    Open Now

    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, enjoy multimedia artworks depicting fictional flowers and their co-evolution with specific pollinators as created by middle and high school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge environmental competition.
  • Natives for Your Yard: A Botanical Art Exhibit

    Opens Sat., April 7

    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.
  • April 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 perfect pansies to forest flora, 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 and Observational Beehive Open Hours

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

    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps 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.