Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1 Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213- Map It
Phone: (412) 622-6914

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 Center for Sustainable Landscapes features an art gallery, and its surrounding grounds offer a lagoon and native plants. 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. Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
$17.95; $16.95 (ages 62+ and students with ID); $11.95 (ages 2-18). An additional fee is charged for some guided tours.
Hours: Grounds daily 9:30-5 (also Fri. 5-10). Extended evening hours during the winter flower show late Nov.-late Dec.; phone ahead. Butterfly exhibit open late Apr.-Labor Day. Phone ahead for tour times. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 1 hour minimum.