June 16, 2016

Pittsburgh's Gorgeous Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens



I can't say enough good things about our visit to the 
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA!

This horticulture heaven has breathtaking themed gardens around every corner. 
What a thrill it was to explore this gorgeous, Taj Mahal-esque structure!




Just inside, this astounding chandelier by artist Dale Chihuly fills the glass rotunda!




Banners like this one piqued our curiosity.


It just so happened that we were in town when the giant corpse flower
was expected to bloom at any time, so it was garnering much attention.
Native to the rainforests of Sumatra, it blooms only once every few years, 
and when it does, it emits an odor similar to rotting flesh. I know- eew, gross!
We missed the big event by only a few days, however, so our noses were spared.
Here's the infamous corpse flower in all its pre-bloom glory.





The Serpentine Room features seasonal plants & flowers.




Phipps has an outstanding collection of Bonsai. Here are just a few.




A huge variety of lush ferns in every shade of green.




Beyond-beautiful orchids! 










More of Chihuly's art glass is situated throughout the conservatory,...



...including this spectacular sunburst called "Desert Gold Star" 
located in the cactus-filled Desert Room.

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