Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden is one of the assets that Pittsburgh is most proud of. This Victorian greenhouse was built in 1893 as a gift to the City of Pittsburgh by Henry Phipps. When G-20 Summit was held in Pittsburgh in 2009, its welcome dinner was hosted in Phipps. Their facilities are available for events from wedding parties to fundraising receptions.

I had been living in Pittsburgh for five years and never went to Phipps. It’s been on my to-do list. Just so happened that I got a couple of days off right after I bought a new camera. So I thought I would go practice with some butterflies in captivity.

Phipps花園是匹茲堡除了足球和冰上曲棍球之外最能拿來說嘴的事之一,1893年富豪Henry Phipps蓋了這個溫室花園送給匹茲堡,號稱是全美最老的維多利亞式溫室,2009年G-20高峰會在匹茲堡辦的時候,各國領袖是在這個溫室花園吃開幕晚餐,平常也可以租他們的場地來辦婚禮或慈善晚宴。在匹茲堡住了五年,很慚愧竟然沒去過Phipps,剛拿到新相機,決定作弊拿溫室裡的蝴蝶來練習。

love padlocks in Schenley Park

I don’t know when and how this started; love padlocks found their spot in Pittsburgh on the Schenley Bridge.

Phipps is located in Schenley Park, very walkable from the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland. During summer on Wednesday afternoon, there is a small farmer’s market in front of the conservatory. Also featured in summer are their “Glass in the Gardens” exhibition of glass works by local artists, and “Butterfly Forest” from late April to early September.

Phipps在Schenley Park裡面,離匹茲堡大學校區很近,夏天星期三下午有農產品市集,最近在展在地藝術家的”Glass in the Garden”,每年四月底到九月初有蝴蝶特展,憑匹茲堡大學學生證,學期中免費。

The butterfly exhibition and the orchid room were highlights of my camera fun.

Grumpy princess orchid.

Grumpy princess orchid.

Yellow kittens on a slide.

Yellow kittens on a slide.

Sparrow head.

Sparrow head.

At the entrance of the butterfly room, I saw this pretty butterfly that snuck out from the room, resting on the ground with wings widely spread open. As I raised my camera, trying to snap a shot before she moves, two little girls and their mother ran into my frame, bending over to look at the butterfly. My shot was gone, so I was ready to turn around to get a docent to move this butterfly back in carefully with a net sitting against a wall nearby. Before I could utter a word, this mom picked up the butterfly, pinching its body and wings, and brought it in the room. This all happened so fast while I was stunned. Hopefully this fellow did not get hurt or lose lots of scales.

蝴蝶區隔壁的溫室放了抓蝴蝶的大網子,正要走進蝴蝶區的時候,看到地上有一隻溜出來的鳳蝶,想說拿起相機拍個兩張再去叫工作人員來撈蝴蝶,沒想到,說時遲那時快,一個媽媽帶兩個小鬼迅速逼近,我沒得拍也就算了,還來不及吭個聲,媽媽一邊說喔他溜出來了一邊伸手往他翅膀捏下去、把整隻蝴蝶抓起來。每隻蝴蝶都被你這樣抓下去,那也不用展了。

White peacock butterfly.

White peacock butterfly.

White peacock.

White peacock.

Probably a black swallowtail.

Probably a black swallowtail.

It was a 80-some-degree hot summer afternoon. The inside of this greenhouse felt like an oven. Even hotter in the desert room.

怕熱又會暴汗的的人們可能不適合大熱天來,溫室都很濕熱,到了沙漠區簡直跟烤箱一樣。

Agave americana surrounded by Golden Barrel cacti in the Desert Room.

This big greenhouse can be a bit of a labyrinth if you don’t have a great sense of direction and lost in the midst of taking pictures. I would love to go back at night time probably around Christmas. Next time I might just start from the right hand side and keep turning right.

一邊拍一邊亂走,逛了半圈之後,這個大溫室變得跟迷宮一樣,下次要在聖誕節前後點燈的時候晚上去,大概會乖乖從右邊開始逛然後負責一直右轉不用認路…

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
700 Frank Curto Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15213
phipps.conservatory.org
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; 10:00 p.m. on Fridays
$15 for adults (Free for Pitt students from September to April)

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