Its still not to late to see the Summer Garden at The Phipps Conservatory. In addition to all your summer favorites, there are some less flashy yet interesting plants to see.
I especially like plants that look like other things. This bromeliad looks like a star. And the plant below that almost looks like lace. The Phipps is one of Pittsburgh’s cultural treasures and deserves at least a couple of visits each year.
If you follow this blog you know that we visit The Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh frequently. Normally we visit in the fall and winter months so I had never noticed the waterfall before. It is on the outside deck and I am sure it is only operational in the late spring and summer months.
The current Summer garden at the Phipps has a number of places with they have used sculptures of human heads in the exhibit. Last week I published Garden Faces that show some botany sculptures.
These sculptures are part of an integrated exhibit utilizing buttons, musical tones and water jets. It is very creative and lots of fun.
If you are a regular at The Phipps Conservatory you are familiar that for the last few years The Tropical Room has been dedicated to The Congo. Newly redone, the room now focuses on Cuba.
There are features on Cuban food. medicine and of course plants native to the island nation. I was also appreciative of another focus of the island. It has a fascination with old American cars represented by this beauty.
Another week and spring is three weeks old with freezing temperatures and snow once again on the way. There is only one place in Pittsburgh you can really see Spring today and that is at the Phipps Conservatory Spring Flower Show.
This plant has always amazed me because of its texture and the way it refracts light waves. At certain times of day it is almost as if you can see into the leaf structure. So if like me you find the current Spring weather depressing head over to the Phipps to take shelter from the storm.
This summer is special at the Phipps Conservatory because there is a special exhibition of the fine art glass sculptures of Jason Gamrath.There are always a few glass sculptures in the eight rooms of the conservatory but this year the exhibition adds over 80 works from the brilliant young artist. Each room is dramatically changed by the addition of his artwork. The show is not to be missed and runs throughout the summer. This is my last post on this great exhibit, if you miss it, you can’t say you weren’t warned.
I love having a membership at the Phipps because we can visited each season and see an entirely different garden. In addition to the special exhibition of the fine art glass sculptures of Jason Gamrath there is a lot to see. Its the first time I have visited the Children’s Garden and it was fun to watch the kids at play.