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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Inc.
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

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I have enjoyed many long hours wandering the lush, peaceful indoor and outdoor gardens.