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Phipps’ Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show Offers Sweet Escape from the Winter Blues

While frigid winter air whips outside, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers visitors a chance to escape to a tropical paradise without ever leaving Pittsburgh, and there is no better time to visit than during the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show. Opening Sat., Jan. 16, this show will highlight the art of caring for and growing two challenging and beautiful plants — orchid and bonsai. Things are looking up in Palm Court where visitors will be introduced to the show with overhead hanging baskets of pink and purple orchids and beautiful chandeliers. Metal pedestal tables with artfully arranged containers of the exquisite flowers will showcase how artful nature can be. The Sunken Garden will feature bursts of color, providing a welcome reprieve for the eyes from the winter landscapes outside of the glasshouse. A myriad of hybrid orchids in many hues will be displayed, overflowing from baskets on top of the fountain and towering from hanging baskets over the pathway. Meanwhile, a small potting bench will display growing tools and techniques and feature signs that will answer the questions that every aspiring orchid grower would like to know. As guests venture into the Serpentine Room they will explore the artful techniques that are used to create the ancient-looking bonsai. Benches of bonsai will fill the room and display permanent pieces in Phipps’ bonsai collection, while a starter plant will show guests the transformation these plants undergo. Visitors can experience this tropical getaway starting Sat., Jan. 16 until Sun., Feb. 28. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (2 – 18). Members and kids under 2 enter free. More details can be found at

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Jan 16, 2016 through Feb 28, 2016

9:30AM - 5:00PM

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$15 adults, $11 children (2-18)

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