For Immediate Release: Mon., June 8
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Phipps Conservatory Reopens Sat., June 13, Presenting Summer Flower Show: Back in Bloom
Come Back to The Gardens For Joy, Refreshment and Tranquility
Pittsburgh, PA – Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will reopen to the public on Sat., June 13 with its all-new Summer Flower Show: Back in Bloom. At this time of great challenge, Phipps hopes to serve the Pittsburgh community by offering the glasshouse and gardens as a space for reflection, contemplation and healing.
As a home to beauty and inspiration in Western Pennsylvania since 1893, Phipps is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the community and has instituted new safety protocols, including the following:
RESERVE ALL TICKETS IN ADVANCE: All tickets must be purchased in advance in order to prevent crowding. Guests will able to enter by showing an electronic or printed copy of their receipt to our guest services team
WEAR A MASK: Masks are required for all staff and guests ages 2 and up at all times. Guests with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask may visit visit our ticketing website to learn about special accommodations.
MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE: Signs have been placed on the floors throughout the conservatory to remind guests what a six foot distance looks like. Phipps has created a one-way experience through the conservatory to minimize interactions with other guests.
WHEN IN DOUBT, DO NOT TOUCH: In order to minimize contact with surfaces, Phipps has temporarily eliminated hands-on play areas and activities.
Phipps is taking the following additional steps to provide a safe environment:
Enhanced Cleaning Protocol: Hourly cleaning of surfaces that may be touched, including elevator buttons, handrails, kiosks and door handles.
Hand Sanitizer: Touchless stations are located throughout the facility for your use.
Facemasks for All Guests and Staff: All guests and staff are required to wear facemasks while onsite.
Limiting Number of Guests: Number of tickets sold will be limited to ensure visitors can observe social distancing.
Phipps’ Summer Flower Show: Back in Bloom is designed to give guests a calm stroll through glasshouse rooms overflowing with lush greenery and fragrant blooms that is sure to provide peace at a time when it is needed more than ever. From Palm Court displays of red, orange and yellow blooms popping against dark and silver foliage to South Conservatory beds brimming with summer snapdragons (Angelonia 'Seren ita Raspberry'), vibrant blue bush violets (Browallia) and explosive firecracker flowers (Crossandra infundibuliformis), this show honors Phipps’ tradition of horticultural excellence with room upon room of incredible blooms.
Phipps will be open to the general public on Sat., June 13. Tickets are available for reservation now at phipps.conservatory.org/tickets. In order to enter Phipps, all guests must reserve their tickets in advance, including members.
About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org
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