Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers four different types of tours:
- Self-Guided Tours allow your group to explore the Conservatory at your own leisure and pace. There is no surcharge for this option.
- Conservatory Tours are one hour in length and focus on our plant collections, history and current flower show. A $2 surcharge per person applies. Limited to 60 guests.
- Production Greenhouse Tours are one hour in length and take you behind the scenes to learn how we grow and care for Conservatory plants from a knowledgeable staff member. If your group would like to experience the rest of the Conservatory, please allow extra time as these exclusive tours cover the Production Greenhouse only. A $5 surcharge per person applies. Limited to 15 guests.
- Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Tours are 60 – 90 minutes in length and focus on the sustainable aspects of the building and landscape of our new research, education and administrative facility, designed and built to be one of the greenest buildings on Earth. The tour covers topics including green design, blurring the line between the built and natural environments, renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and green roofs. A surcharge of $2 per person applies. Limited to 40 guests.
To schedule a group tour, please contact our general line at 412/622-6914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Tours and Field Trips
Phipps offers a wide range of field trip and tour experiences that meet Pennsylvania standards for school, homeschool, scout and other student groups. Visit our Field Trips page to learn more and contact Sarah Bertovich at 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or email@example.com to sign up.
Phipps offers guided tours of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes most Thursdays – Saturdays at 1 p.m. free with your admission to Phipps. Please call 412/622-6914 to confirm whether a tour is happening on a specific day. On the day of your visit, join your fellow participants at the patio doors of the Tropical Forest Conservatory shortly before the tour begins.
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