What’s New at Phipps Conservatory Fall 2018? Three Must-Sees

A miniature version of the restored Glasshouse in the miniature railroad for fall 2018. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

What’s going on a Phipps Conservatory this fall? So much! This week, we had the pleasure of learning about what’s new at the conservatory and botanical garden and I couldn’t wait to share. From a zombie invasion in the Serpentine Room to a milestone celebration, here’s what’s new at Phipps Conservatory Fall 2018.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Phipps President and CEO Richard V. Piacentini during the unveiling of the newly-restored Glasshouse. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Phipps President and CEO Richard V. Piacentini during the unveiling of the newly-restored Glasshouse. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

What’s New at Phipps Conservatory Fall 2018: 5,000 Panes of Glass

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. For 125 years, the calm space has been delighting visitors with gorgeous floral displays and always finds a way to up the botanical garden game with new, vibrant ideas.

To enhance its beauty even more, the official completion of the Palm Court restoration happened this week and we got to watch pane #5,000 be installed right in front of our eyes.

A pane of Palm Court Glass at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Photo Credit: The Kid.
A pane of Palm Court Glass at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Photo Credit: The Kid.

Ever heard of an “ogee”? Technically, it’s distinctive architectural molding and arch curve formation that tops the Glasshouse and gives it that pretty, Victorian look. It’s been missing from the Glasshouse at Phipps for nearly 80 years, but is back to put the crown on top of the beautiful structure. Make sure to look for the eight-feet tall finials and fleur-de-lis cresting when you visit.

Zombies have invaded the Serpentine Room at Phipps. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke
Zombies have invaded the Serpentine Room at Phipps. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

What’s New at Phipps Conservatory Fall 2018: A Salute to George Romero

Ahh, George Romero. If you’re a horror movie buff like I am, you’ll know his “Night of the Living Dead” debuted fifty years ago in Pittsburgh. If you’re not one (no judging!), he was the filmmaker that gave zombies their own free will. Yeah, he was that cool.

A spooky house, complete with flashing lights, at Phipps for the George Romero tribute in the Serpentine Room. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke
A spooky house, complete with flashing lights, at Phipps for the George Romero tribute in the Serpentine Room. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

So, to salute George, Phipps Conservatory has added a tribute in the Serpentine Room for its Fall Flower Show. Featuring spooky music, artificial bats, and more chrysanthemums than you can shake a creep hand at, it’s a fun addition.

There will be zombie photo opps, photos of George with the Corpse Flower named after him, and tombstones. Seriously, right up my alley.

A teeny carousel, celebrating 125 years at Phipps Conservatory. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke
A teeny carousel, celebrating 125 years at Phipps Conservatory. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

What’s New at Phipps Conservatory Fall 2018: Garden Railroad: Memories in Motion

I’m such a fan of miniature railroads, and Phipps’ latest is truly a wonder. Highlighting the dramatic transformation from year one through 125, my faves include interactive displays and amazing attention to details. And the title, Memories in Motion is so fitting! Make sure to look for the miniature Glasshouse at the entrance. It’s so detailed in astounded!

If you’d like, check out our YouTube video above featuring the miniature railroad, Palm Court restoration, and Serpentine Room featuring “Night of the Living Dead” above.

Which fall event at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are you looking forward to most?

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