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April 26, 2010

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April 26, 2010

I thoroughly enjoy every visit to Phipps Conservatory. When I first moved to Pennsylvania from Florida it was a dire search for greenery in the winter. Phipps helped get me through that first winter and I can't express how important that was. Now I'm hooked! I've been a member of Phipps for a year and a half and have visited countless times. Each time I go something new is in bloom and it's a wonderful experience. Every time someone visits Pittsburgh it's a must see!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the peace and serenity when you're the first one to arrive early on a Saturday morning. The look on a friends face that has never been there and hearing her express what a wonderful place it is. Truely a jewel of our area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

I have been visiting Phipps for over a year, and it is a fantastic place. I go back every week or two to replenish my spirit. For me it is a place full of life and joy and special memories. And, of course, beautiful plants. :-)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the chance to visit a place so full of life and energy, all year long.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Having a place like the Phipps in an urban area is a wonderful resource for adults and children to experience the calmness of green spaces. And a botanical garden is highly educational - not just about plants but about cultures. I visit botanic gardens all over the world when I get a chance and here I have a wonderful place right on my doorstep. The Phipps regularly holds events that draw in different groups from the area. They are LEED certified and work on grand schemes from how to green the planet right down to what a household can do to change in small ways. We took our two non-member friends in for the evening and they were so impressed they joined. This beautiful building reminds me of home and the great glasshouse at Kew and there is a historical link. But mostly I value The Phipps because it is a place that I can go and realx from the busy world amidst green things, beautiful plants and helpful people - with a great cafe!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the sense of relaxation I get every time I visit.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Chihuly Glass exhibition was amazing but every visit is great.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, helpful and with a sense of humour.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Maintain and develop one of the best botanical gardens in America, continue to educate people on environmental issues and which plant copes with a Pittsburgh winter and continue to provide a green oasis to help us renew our human batteries!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Phipps Conservatory has become a haven for me over the years I have lived in Pittsburgh, PA - always a peaceful and welcoming place, the care and appreciation its wide variety of plants receive daily from staff and volunteers seem to permeate the atmosphere. No matter how stressful or sad a mood I'm in, Phipps never fails to put a smile on my face and lift my spirits, especially during the dark, cold days of winter. The Orchid room has colorful surprises lurking in every unexpected corner; the changing displays of the Serpentine Room and the Sunken Garden are always both inspired and inspiring; the outdoor kids garden provides family fun (and education!) spring through autumn; and the Tropical Forest, Phipps' newest edition, includes fascinating exhibits on Tibetan and Amazonian culture and the work done by researches on the biological and social systems to be found there. (And, the Phipps Café features delicious food made from local and/or organic ingredients for a very reasonable price! Plus fantastic desserts!)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the peaceful, welcoming atmosphere that radiates the care and attention to the sacredness of plants and the earth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

greatly expand its educational programs as well as invest in the kinds of sustainable and eco-friendly projects and construction that it has already begun to incorporate.

Ways to make it better...

there hadn't been so much focus on the glass artwork this past winter/fall (maybe it's just me - but I found the glass clowns creepy).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economic recession and people's natural tendency to go for a "quick fix" may mean that the "green" fad will soon be going out of fashion again, and I do worry that as a result Phipps' funding will suffer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I love Phipps. In fact my whole family loves Phipps. Going to an event at Phipps is one of the few cultural things my husband will do without complaining. We receive email updates of all their current events. The emails are easy to read and include all pertinent information for the topic. We recently attended a member and guest night. The event was better than I expected. My husband, 1 year old daughter, and I went, as well as my sister as our guest. We all had a great time. We try to go visit the gardens at least once a month. Phipps is family friendly, so I can bring my daughter along whenever we go.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always very helpful and answered any questions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their grounds and help create more "green" spaces around the area and even in the country.

Ways to make it better...

the gardens were a little more stroller friendly. Some of the paths are a little steep for strollers and getting through the double doors are a little tough.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

It is always a delightfully calm and soothing experience to visit Phipps. The lovely plantings and soothing atmosphere is so restful. It was enhanced even more by the musicians who played in the central indoor courtyard. We also enjoyed the cooking demonstration. It was a delightful surprise and tasty treat to have the delicious treats too. The whole evening was an exceptionally charming event that appealed to our many senses. Thank you for the wonderful Conservatory.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Education. I brought my third grade students to Phipps. They were amazed at seeing real fruit growing on the trees. It was also helpful for them to experience a real rain forest environment, and of course, they loved the butterfly room.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love the environment. It is always a treat to see the different plantings and the wonderful displays.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All the staff and volunteers are responsive, warm, and knowledgeable people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to bring amazing guest artists to display their works in the lovely gardens, and continue to educate the public in the wonderful plants of our planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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