Phipps is located in Shenley Park near both Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh just east of downtown. Although it looks a bit understated compared to the more dramatic placement of the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Phipps is much larger with impressive holiday displays. Too big to get in one photo from the sidewalk, this is just the right side of the building.
This view of the left side shows how the glass houses form a "T" on each end, with another large glass house and outdoor gardens located on the back.
The entrance walkway was built with automatic de-icing capability reducing the need for salt and shoveling in snowy Pittsburgh.
The exhibits at Phipps are so extensive it will take several posts to cover them all. The first two posts will showcase the gorgeous holiday displays and I'll save the botanical exhibits for January.
The entrance dome, which is newer than the main conservatory, holds a large Chihuly glass sculpture positioned over a beautiful Christmas tree.
A stairwell (or elevator) takes you up inside the dome and the entrance to the gardens.
A look at the snowy ground level and structure of the conservatory outside the dome.
The entry court is a popular spot for photos.
The entry wall held three succulent wreath displays, the other two were membership ads.
Across the way a display of ferns and white orchids in pots decorate the brick arches.
We'll head to the left first to enjoy Holiday Spirit Past and Presents.
The fountains stacked with presents in the center sunken garden.
A peek in the desert exhibit which I'll explore more in a future post. Hey, this gratuitous spiky plant theme with a Chihuly ornament looks like a Christmas display to many of us.
Loved this succulent tree. It took some restraint not to poke around to see how they did this.
The butterfly tree in the Victoria Room was mesmerizing with its delicate and beautiful decorations.
The top of the tree and a look at the details in the glass structure above.
Around the perimeter, Dichondra, Poinsettias and Anthuriums dress the window boxes.
So many varieties of Poinsettia available now and it seems most of them were on display throughout the gardens.
These Norfolk pines rimmed the room and reminded me I don't see this once-popular houseplant much anymore.
The Broderie Room houses an elegant formal garden transformed into a Christmas scene.
The entrance steps were blocked so we couldn't walk around in here.
The official wishing well is here and visitors are asked to refrain from throwing coins in other water features throughout the gardens. The concept is good but it doesn't seem to be working judging by the number of coins in all the water features.
Foxtail Fern, Orchids, Poinsettias and Star of Bethlehem backed by pink camellias make a beautiful display along one wall.
The display frames Butterfly Tree through the glass.
The holiday decorations were so amazing and extensive I could not do them justice in a single post, so we've got a lot more to see, including a model railroad in Part II.