Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on October 10, 2023.
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Phipps Conservatory is known for being one of the largest botanical gardens in the region, and also for its seasonal flower shows that are truly events not to be missed.
For 2023's Fall Flower Show, Phipps is celebrating all things harvest with the theme Hometown Harvest. From beekeeping to grape growing, apples to the harvest moon, there really are a number of gorgeous harvest designs in this one!
As with all of our show reviews, we're not going to share every room in the Conservatory (you'll have to visit yourself to see them all!). Instead, we're going to feature a few of our favorite rooms from the show to highlight a cross-section of the displays!
The Palm Court
The Palm Court is the first room you see when you enter Phipps Conservatory, and it is always one of our favorites.
For the 2023 Fall Flower Show, the court is loaded with vibrant yellow flowers from top to bottom and celebrates all thing beekeeping! As beekeepers ourselves, we were delighted to see this one as soon as we walked in and the designs pay homage to the native pollinators found in Pennsylvania.
Don't forget to look up to see some bees (well, flower bees) flying overhead!
The East Room
The East Room is back for the 2023 Fall Flower Show after a brief restoration and celebrates all things apple harvest.
Although our photo is cropped in a bit to hide some of the best details (we did say you have to visit to check it all out), this one features gorgeous wheelbarrows full of apples, a cider mill, and more.
Be sure to linger in this room as you'll be spotting new design elements for quite some time here.
The Sunken Garden
If you are a lover of wine, The Sunken Garden is for you. This room has been overloaded with purple, magenta, and deep red flowers to pay homage to the fall grape harvest.
As you walk along The Sunken Garden, you'll be delighted with several flowers with some trained up trellises the way a grapevine would too.
Sadly, you'll have to head over to a wine bar like Allegheny Wine Mixer after your visit to sample a final product (but, you know, made with real grapes and not flowers)!
The South Conservatory
The South Conservancy is always a popular room during the Fall Flower Show for the return of the gorgeous Garden Railroad exhibit most years. In 2023, the exhibit takes a look at Pennsylvania Through the Four Seasons with displays showcasing the state in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Don't worry, though, as the train can also be found zooming around select areas of the conservatory, and there are many interactive exhibits that are triggered by a wave of the hand as well!
Overall, the Fall Flower Show is quite a fun one and showcases the variety of all things harvest while still being as bright and colorful as ever. Don't miss this one during its limited run as it is quite the treat for the senses!
Phipps Conservatory is located at 1 Schenley Drive and the Fall Flower Show is running through October 29th, 2023. Timed entry tickets are highly recommended.
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