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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Be our guest for our Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show and enjoy a breathtaking stroll through the gardens as you delight in two of nature’s finest botanical wonders amidst vibrant tropical décor. See colorful orchids displayed in all of their glory throughout our glasshouse and admire the meticulously trained tropical bonsai in our permanent collection.
Upon entering the Palm Court, you'll be surrounded by color from floor to ceiling as hanging baskets brim with orchid blooms of yellow and orange. The Serpentine Room will come alive with stories of the past as over 25 miniature trees showcase the ancient Japanese art of bonsai amid a lush green backdrop of Kangaroo paw and Macho ferns. A rainbow of color will grace the Sunken Garden as the air fills with fuchsia, lime and peach phalaenopsis orchids hanging alongside exotic, colorful bromeliads. Our all new Garden Railroad: Treasure Island will also be on display for the duration of the show, providing one more whimsical way to indulge your senses and lift your spirits!
Orchids: A Flower Like No Other
Celebrated for their diversity — more than 25,000 species exist around the globe — and stunning beauty, orchids are truly special. Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show features hundreds of these beloved flowers, including exotic selections from the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid collection, curated in collaboration with the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania to be one of the world’s definitive slipper orchid resources.
Bonsai: A Time-Honored Art Form
Offering a striking contrast to the orchids, Phipps’ tropical bonsai — dwarfed trees trained to take on the shapes of their larger counterparts in nature. Classified by size and style based upon the shapes of their trunks, roots and branches, bonsai take many forms, from the iconic formal upright bonsai to the more dramatic slant bonsai that resemble windswept trees.