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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

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!

10

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 :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!)

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.