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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment

Mission:

To inspire and educate visitors with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and worldwide biodiversity through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

Geographic areas served: Western Pennsylvania

Programs: The Conservatory designed and executed the new FamilyPass program beginning in 2008, designed to help the region’s underserved schoolchildren and their families embrace Phipps’ enriching and unforgettable experience by placing the garden back at the center of family life. In this two-part initiative, Phipps promotes the offer of field trip admission and transportation subsidy to schools in low-income communities through classroom outreach initiatives. After their field trips, each attending child receives a FamilyPass certificate redeemable for a complimentary group admission for up to two adults and two children. This innovative new element doubles the value of the initiative by allowing children an opportunity to share their new expertise with those closest to them, treating their parents and siblings to the wonders of the garden through a second visit to Phipps.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of Phipps for many years, I am continually pleased & awed by how they reinvent themselves & the ways they serve the public. My family & friends enjoy the times we spend seeing new shows while I act as tour guide. But I am most proud of the environmental & scienticific experiences the Phipps & I have provided my grandaughters over the last 9 years. Thank you Phipps from the bottom of my heart!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Pittsburgh treasure for over 120 years, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is still the premier cultural venue in the region. From its old Victorian glass house to its Tropical Forest Conservatory to its new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Phipps presents one of the greenest and most beautiful botanical garden in the land. So much to see and enjoy. And their award winning Cafe Phipps has a wonderful menu of healthy, delicious food choices. Don't forget to visit The Shop at Phipps! This is hands down a must see in Pittsburgh!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Phipps Conservatory is one of the most loveliest gardens ever. After entering thru the LEED certified Welcome Center and viewing the Chihuly chandelier, you walk into another world, filled with all sorts of flowers and various plants from absolutely everywhere. For a volunteer, I don't consider this work @ all, but a wonderful garden oasis that brings delight to all who visit Phipps. The special flower shows throughout the seasons ensure a continuim of beautiful garden displays all year long. Indoors and outdoors, there's truly always something blooming in the gardens.
One of the newest features of Phipps is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). Truly a showcare to the world that building & operating a green sustainable office building is achievable & architecturally beautiful. From the green roof to the sustainable landscaped hillside, Phipps extends it's commitment to living green by sharing the CSL with us & to all future generations. As a CSL docent, I get to share Phipps story of the CSL but als get to hear Phipps visitors green stories. Phipps is truly a world class organization, devoted to caring for all that is green (plants) & blue (our planet)!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whether an avid gardener or a botanical black thumb like me, Phipps provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate all things green!! A great date with my husband or with the kids and their grandfather (very wheelchair friendly), we treasure having Phipps in our backyard!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have volunteered for Phipps for the last several years and are so proud to be even a small part of such a well-run organization whose positive influence has spanned generations. Phipps remains the "jewel of our city" for many reasons -- their many displays and events provide a wide variety for folks of all interests and ages -- toddlers to seniors -- and their attention to detail with all of these offerings transcends language. On even the greyest of days, we know we will be surrounded by beauty, interesting and accomplished folks but most especially an organization that makes you feel valuable and appreciated for even the smallest of contributions.

It was our original intent to contribute and feel good about that so imagine our utter surprise when we actually "got" more than we "gave". Thank you Phipps -- may your many success continue!!

Carmen N. Sapir
Grateful Volunteer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The students at Shaler Area High School have worked with Phipps through the Fairchild Challenge for four years now. The level of positive competition and excellent, real-world challenges that the Fairchild Challenge creates for area students is top notch. No other cross curricular activity compares for its high level of rigor, well organized activities, and generosity to schools.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What can you say about Phipps? The Green Heart of Pittsburgh, it has been a destination for well over 100 years...yet, the Conservatory has become the "greenest" botanical garden in the US!! They raise the bar on sustainability and are writing the book on sustainable practices with the building of their Center for Sustainable Landscapes. We're privileged in Pittsburgh to have such a jewel. Eat you hearts out, America!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a big fan of Phipps for their free weekend education. Most recently, I attended a public program on Peruvian Recipies, which was a lot of fun and gave me some good cooking tips to take home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My most recent trip to Phipps was to see the Spring Flower Show, which is the biggest and best of the Phipps shows. This year was no exception :)

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been taking trips to Phipps at the holidays since I was a child. Today I have children of my own, and the warmth and blooming plants of Phipps are still the best way to beat the winter blues.