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Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays Returns to Phipps Conservatory
Whimsical and Elegant Displays Under a Canopy of Twinkling Lights Provide the Perfect Holiday Tradition
Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday experience returns to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens as Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays opens today. Featuring whimsical, elegant and festive displays inside the glowing glasshouse, Home for the Holidays provides a perfect and safe holiday experience for all ages.
The comforts of home are brought to life in signature Phipps fashion, with beautiful, enchanting blooms greeting guests as they wander through room after room of seasonal splendor. Guests will delight at Phipps’ magical carousel floating on a glassy pond; a cozy cabin sitting snugly amidst a snowy forest of blue, purple, white and silver plants; a topiary animal display that explores winter hibernation habits; and a living room scene featuring furniture — such as armchairs, a grandfather clock, chandeliers and tree skirts — brought to life with plant materials.
Of course, plants are the star of this and every show at Phipps, and thousands of beautiful and unusual winter plants will fill the beds under the glowing and twinkling lights. Guests can marvel at poinsettia trees made up of 50 poinsettias each and look for unique varieties, such as Euphorbia ‘Christmas Mouse,’ which has small rounded bracts resembling mouse ears, and Euphorbia ‘Diamond Snow,’ which has pure white bracts that look like they’re covered in freshly fallen snow.
To protect guest safety, Phipps will significantly limit crowd capacity and the outdoor Winter Light Garden will be on hiatus this year, but a number of the fan-favorite colorful orbs and cones will make appearances in the winding display beds of the Serpentine Room and other spaces.
Before visiting Home for the Holidays, guests are invited to bring a little Phipps magic into their own homes by browsing the Phipps Holiday Gift Guide. With gifts for kids, beloved gardeners, Phipps fans and more, Phipps has the perfect selection for everyone! Explore the dozens of the carefully curated items from the experts at The Shop at Phipps. To start your virtual shopping trip, please visit phipps.conservatory.org/GiftGuide.
While parents are exploring the Holiday Gift Guide, children are invited to experience their own virtual holiday adventure with the famous man in the red suit during Virtual Stories with Santa! Families can tune in on select evenings from Nov. 27 – Dec. 22 to watch Old Kris Kringle read holiday-themed storybooks. Virtual Stories with Santa are free to attend, but R.S.V.P. is required. Learn more about the books and chose a time to join by visiting phipps.conservatory.org/StoriesWithSanta.
Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays runs from Nov. 20 – Jan. 3. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Phipps will be closed all day Thurs., Nov. 26 and Fri., Dec. 25 and will close at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 24. Tickets must be reserved in advance. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit phipps.conservatory.org/Tickets.
Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays was designed by Associate Director of Exhibits Jordyn Melino.
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.