AAA Editor Notes
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, in Schenley Park at 1 Schenley Park, was donated to the city in 1893 by industrialist Henry Phipps. The grounds feature outdoor gardens and a 17-room Victorian glasshouse with exotic and native plants as well as several works of glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly, including a chandelier in the welcome center. Some of the conservatory's themed rooms are dedicated to ferns, orchids, palms and tropical forest plants. The Stove Room showcases plants found in the deep tropics, and it is transformed into a butterfly forest between spring and fall. A Japanese courtyard garden features bonsai. The Victoria Room recalls the Victorian era while the Broderie Room typifies gardens enjoyed by the French nobility during Louis XIV's reign.
Fountains, streams and waterfalls are incorporated throughout the themed areas, and many displays change seasonally. The Discovery Garden, geared toward children, has been designed with hands-on elements to allow youngsters to learn and play. In summer visitors get to enjoy the Aquatic Garden's water and floating plants in addition to the century-old statue of Neptune, the Roman sea god.
Guided tours are offered by appointment.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.