Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a variety of room sizes and configurations for any special event, from a small group retreat to a large indoor/outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. Learn more below and peruse photos of each space.
To learn more about planning your special event at Phipps or to schedule a tour, contact the Phipps events team at firstname.lastname@example.org and 412/315-0685.
The entire Phipps facility is available for your special occasion. Whether you are holding a corporate retreat, a reception or a gala, a full conservatory rental will make for an unforgettable evening. Invite guests to take their champagne and conversation through all 14 rooms of our exquisite glasshouse.
Availability: evenings only; Saturday — Thursday; January — November
In our LEED®-certified Welcome Center, guests can enjoy refreshments from the award-winning Café Phipps as they mingle beneath a striking Chihuly chandelier.
Availability: evenings only; Sunday — Thursday; January — November
Palm Court and South Conservatory
Chihuly glass artwork is nestled amidst a profusion of palms in this spacious interior court of the glasshouse, an excellent space for food and beverage stations, and corporate meet-and-greets. The South Conservatory, home to our seasonal flower shows, is one of Phipps’ main display areas. When combined with Palm Court, the South Conservatory makes an inviting setting for cocktail receptions.
Capacity: 150 guests (both rooms combined)
Availability: evenings only; Sunday – Thursday; January — November
Tropical Forest Conservatory
The Tropical Forest Conservatory, a 12,000-square-foot display area, features a new tropical theme every three years. A meandering path, treetop lookout, waterfalls and fish pond make this breathtaking horticultural showcase an exceptional event space. Hosting a corporate networking event or social mixer? Conversations flourish in this lush and inspired atmosphere.
Capacity: 40 seated, 100 for reception
Availability: evenings only; Saturday – Thursday; year-round
Special Events Hall
With its state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, our Special Events Hall is a fantastic venue for conferences, meetings and more. This space features floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer dramatic views of the adjacent Tropical Forest and Oakland neighborhood landmarks. Brides love the Tropical Forest and Special Events Hall combination package, which allows for a gorgeous terrace ceremony, a cocktail reception in the Tropical Forest, and an elegant dinner in the Special Events Hall.
Capacity: 200 seated or 300 theater-style
Botany Hall, with its fully equipped, 100-seat auditorium, is perfect for business retreats, lectures, presentations and seminars.
Capacity: 100 seated
Phipps Garden Center
With two indoor rooms, an outdoor patio and a stage, this carriage house on the former Mellon Estate is a charming location for your organization’s year-end banquet, office holiday party, or any celebration.
Capacity: 125 seated
One of the most intimate spaces within the Conservatory is the Broderie Room. This classic French garden, evocative of Louis XIV-era chateau landscaping, heightens the romance and elegance of any wedding ceremony, private dinner, proposal or photo session. Available in select packages as a rental of Phipps' full east wing.
Capacity: 35 seated or 50 standing
Availability: May – October
Make this classic 4-tiered garden the setting of your next corporate dinner or philanthropic event, or the backdrop of your wedding ceremony and reception. We provide seasonal tents to accommodate 200 seated guests with a dance floor. Additional tents can be rented to accommodate up to 250 guests.
Capacity: 200 seated guests
Availability: May – October
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