For Immediate Release: Tues., Jan. 10
Contact: Joe Reed | Senior Director of Communications
412-622-6915, ext. 3801 | jreed@phipps.conservatory.org 

Phipps Conservatory's Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Origin Stories Opens Sat., Jan. 14 
Gorgeous Displays Showcase All-Star Specimens from Two of Phipps’ Finest Collections in All New Show

Pittsburgh, PA – Starting Sat., Jan. 14 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Origin Stories will take guests on a journey through the discovery of orchids and the cultural influences behind bonsai. Orchids of different shapes, sizes and fragrances, as well as the exquisitely trained specimens in our tropical bonsai collection, will be sure to captivate every guest that enters our glasshouse.

Exhibit Features

  • Wander among displays of vibrant orchids surrounded by beautiful greenery 
  • Look up at the beauty of bright white Phalaenopsis orchids hanging overhead in Palm Court and learn about historic orchid expeditions in the display below 
  • Delight at the extensive detailof fruiting and flowering bonsai trees atop elevated tables 
  • Marvel at a Japanese-style fuukiran orchid display featuring a stunning array of orchids upon a spectacular bamboo structure
  • Take a journey through the origins of the many unique bonsai styles in the Serpentine Room  
  • See tropical bonsai displayed among a lush golden bamboo grove 
  • And much more!  

Guests can also enjoy the breathtaking displays in our Garden Railroad: Our National Parks. This whimsical exhibit features miniature recreations of the beautiful National Parks of the United States. Chugging trains, live plants, gorgeous mountain ranges, intricately designed bridges, and touchless interactive features our Garden Railroad will be sure to touch our national park's beauty and bring joy to guests of all ages.  

The fun doesn’t stop there! Illuminate your visit by stopping by our amazing Winter Light Garden for Festive Nights of Winter Lights. To celebrate the success of Holiday Magic!, Phipps is extending the viewing of our amazing Winter Light Garden! On Friday and Saturday evenings in January, guests can experience our beautiful glowing orbs, trees, towers and fountains of light, which are sure to bring warmth and comfort. 

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Origin Stories and Garden Railroad: Our National Parks run Jan. 14 – March 5, and Festive Nights of Winter Lights runs Fridays and Saturdays from 5 – 10 p.m. from Jan. 13 – 28. Member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit phippsconservatory.org/Tickets


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

Watch TEDx: What We Can Learn From an Old Glasshouse: A look at the evolving way we connect people to nature at Phipps, demonstrate how human and environmental health are inextricably connected, and show that to age gracefully, we must continually reinvent ourselves to evolve with the rest of the world.