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 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.
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The butterfly exhibition and the orchid room were highlights of my camera fun.
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.
It was a 80-some-degree hot summer afternoon. The inside of this greenhouse felt like an oven. Even hotter 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.
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
700 Frank Curto Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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)