Phipps Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show – Scents of Wonder

Posted By Jeremy in Events


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As the cold of winter begins to leave Pittsburgh, there is one thing we always look forward to in order to ring in the start of spring – Phipps Conservatory's Spring Flower Show!

2018's Spring Flower Show is themed “Scents of Wonder” and focuses on the aromatic aspect of spring flowers in addition to their vibrant colors- and when we say this is a fragrant show, we really mean it!

We were fortunate to visit Phipps Conservatory shortly after this show opened as guests of Phipps and we wanted to share some of our favorite rooms and exhibits with you today.

As with all of our museum posts, we're only sharing a selection of our favorite pieces because you truly must visit for yourself to experience it all!

The Palm Court

Palm Court at Phipps Conservatory

As with all seasonal flower shows, The Palm Court is often one of the centerpieces as it is the first thing visitors see when entering.

The focal point of the room plays to the aromatic theme of this year's show and features perfume bottles of various shapes and sizes, including the massive “Phipps' Eau de Fleur” bottle displayed prominently in the room.

Himalayan Flower at Phipps

Take a few more steps in and the scents of flowers overtake you, and set the tone for the visit at large.

The East Room

East Room at Phipps

The East Room is always a favorite of ours because it is isolated from foot traffic and has to be appreciated from a distance.

This year's show features an unlikely focal point; a family of skunks is found walking through the display and highlight the fact that many scents can be found in nature!

Phipps Spring Flower Show

We are thankful that the room is scented primarily by the flowers, but also appreciate that Phipps gives a nod to the scents that we may not deem all that pleasant (but aren't they cute!).

The Serpentine Room

Serpentine Room at Phipps

True to its name, the Serpentine Room passes through the Conservatory in an ‘S' shape, with floral arrangements coming out at you from all sides.

This year's theme is reminiscent of spring cleaning, with wash tubs of various shapes and sizes found throughout. But rather than featuring dirty laundry and kitchenware, they are overloaded with beautiful flowers!

When exploring the rooms, be sure to look out for the signs that say “fragrant” as it is your cue to lean in for an extra sniff- you won't regret it!

Tropical Forest Conservatory

Tropical Forest Conservatory as Cuba

In most flower shows, Phipps does little to transform the Tropical Forest Conservatory. This large display is a standalone jungle that is an immersive experience through and through (and receives an update just once every three years).

While this room is not themed for the show, we would be remiss if we did not highlight that the room received an overhaul to recently become Tropical Forest Cuba!

Tropical Forest Conservatory as Cuba

The Cuban inspired room features a number of palms, fruits, and other native plants that you'll find nowhere else. So while you are exploring this one be sure to take an extra close look at the plants as it is all new (and takes us back to our travels in Cuba in 2017)!

The Spring Flower Show is one of the premier shows at Phipps Conservatory and is one of the highlights of the year in Pittsburgh. Do yourself a favor and get down for the sights, and scents, of this one before the show ends!

The Spring Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory runs through April 8th, 2018. We'd like to thank Phipps Conservatory for inviting us to check out the Spring Flower Show! As always, all opinions are our own.

For more previous flower show photos, check out our articles on the Phipps Summer Flower Show and Phipps Winter Flower Show!

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