For Immediate Release: Tues., June 29
Contact: Joe Reed | Director of Marketing and Communications
412-622-6915, ext. 3801 | jreed@phipps.conservatory.org


Submissions Now Being Accepted for Phipps Sustainable Garden Awards
Local Gardeners Are Invited to Submit Their Beautiful, Organically Managed Gardens to be Recognized by Phipps’ Annual Awards

Photo © Shane Dunlap

Pittsburgh, PA – Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, in partnership with TRIB Total Media, are pleased to invite local gardeners with beautiful, organically managed green spaces to apply for the second annual Phipps Sustainable Garden Awards. These awards were developed to inspire western Pennsylvania residents to design and maintain gardens that are both environmentally friendly and beautiful by highlighting residential gardens and their gardeners that exemplify the principles of sustainable landcare.

Nominations may be made in one of five categories listed below. All garden nominations must, at a minimum, be managed organically and free of invasive plants. Winners will have their garden professionally photographed and will be featured at Phipps’ Native Plant and Sustainability Conference this fall.

Nomination Categories

  • Native Plantings and Wildlife Gardens: Gardens featuring native plants that provide habitat for wildlife
  • Gardens that Manage Rainwater: Gardens that feature rain gardens, rain barrels, swales, etc.
  • Micro-Gardens: Container gardens, vertical gardens, gardens that make the best of very small spaces
  • Abundant Edible Gardens: Gardens that feature annual and perennial edibles, vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs
  • Gardens for Personal Retreat: Gardens that have seating, birdbaths, garden art and other distinctive items that create a garden refuge

Submissions are being accepted now through Tues., July 20 and can be made on behalf of a friend or neighbor, or oneself. The Sustainable Garden Awards are open to residential gardens and should represent the climate and conditions of our area. Participants should reside in and their projects should be located in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Beaver or Butler County.

To review all submission guidelines, submit a garden for an award and view last year’s winners, visit phipps.conservatory.org/GardenAwards. The Sustainable Garden Awards are sponsored by TRIB Total Media.


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.