Explore the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

An easy drive from Lot 24 is an oasis known as the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For more than 120 years, it has connected Pittsburgh area residents to the importance and beauty of nature while at the same time advancing the role of the public garden in the fields of education, outreach, and sustainable innovation.

Phipps is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers much to see and do including:

Butterfly Forest

The Butterfly Forest is a favorite among visitors of all ages. It showcases the delicate life cycle of these important pollinators as well as their favorite flowers. The butterflies are known for landing visitors' shoulders, and species include painted lady, monarch, and orange barred sulphur.

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai show (opens January 13)

The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show will provide a fun way to escape the winter blues. As visitors explore, they will discover a variety of colorful orchids and more than twenty-five miniature trees that highlight the ancient Japanese art of bonsai amid a lush backdrop of Macho ferns and Kangaroo paws.

Tropical Forest (opens February 10)

Step into the Tropical Forest where you can experience Cuba's diverse ecology and culture. It is one of the most biodiverse nations on the globe, and this exhibit will feature an impressive collection of ferns, orchids, and the national tree of Cuba, the Royal Palm. Along with seeing plants, visitors can also listen to music, practice their dance moves, and take pictures inside a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline. The car is in reference to the classic American cars that are often found on the streets of Havana.

If you are considering calling our apartments in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home, please contact us to schedule a tour. In addition to the botanical gardens, we are also near top dining and shopping destinations.