Last March was my first experience at Phipps Conservatory’s annual Spring Flower Show. I was looking for a place to meet up with a friend I hadn’t seen in over a year. We both love the outdoors, but with the uncertainty of weather conditions, we decided that Phipps would be the perfect outdoor experience for us. It was a dreary and rainy day in Pittsburgh on the day we met, so we were both pleased to have made Phipps our choice meeting place. Inside the walls of Phipps was a completely different world than the gloom we left behind on the streets of Pittsburgh. It was like entering into a wonderland of nature. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located in Schenley Park, near the Carnegie Museums in Oakland.
It is made up of a variety of buildings and grounds. There are 14 rooms in the Conservatory that showcase formal gardens and exotic plants. There is a room with all varieties of ferns and ground plants. Other rooms feature a variety of palm trees, orchids, and tropical plants – all of which made me feel as though I was in a different part of the world.
With the Spring Flower Shower, it seemed as though every variety of spring flowers were represented. It was so refreshing to see so many colorful flowers in full bloom, all surrounded by such beautiful greens.
My senses came alive with every new and vibrant color and variety of flower we came upon. We awed over everything we saw, taking pictures of our favorites and vowing to become gardeners so we could enjoy such beauty on a daily basis. (That never happened, by the way.)
My friend and I strolled through each room, enjoying the plants but also enjoying each other’s company in a very peaceful atmosphere. There’s something about all that beauty in one place! That’s one place I highly recommend going if you want a good time in nature.
For more information about the Phipps, go to : https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/