Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Jeremy
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We've been enjoying the great outdoors a lot during 2020's social distancing, and this is something that has not changed as businesses open back up. One indoor spot we were pleased to hear was reopening in the Green Phase is Phipps Conservatory as it is one of the places we love to visit multiple times per year to check out their seasonal flower shows.
The 2020 Summer Flower Show coincided with the botanical garden's reopening and has the theme Back in Bloom. This theme is a celebration of all things nature coinciding with the botanical gardens being welcome back guests who are in need of a little nature therapy.
While the artwork in this show is a bit more subdued compared to other shows, this really allows for the colorful flowers to shine as the focal point. While visiting, be sure to look out for uplifting quotes about nature found throughout the conservatory as well!
As with every review of the flower shows, we wanted to share a few of our favorite rooms from this one. However, as the focus point in this show is purely on the flowers, we have a bit reduced commentary when compared to other articles.
The Palm Court
We often feature the Palm Court in our roundup of favorite rooms from the conservatory as it is the first room you see and sets the stage for the show ahead.
The Summer Flower Show in 2020 is no different. The flowers here are bright, vibrant, and are almost reminiscent of what you would expect to find at a Spring Flower Show (that was sadly canceled this year). The predominant colors of red, orange, and yellow are complemented by silver foliage to really make the room pop!
The East Room
The color contrast extends into the East Room, one of just a few in the conservatory that are appreciated at a distance. Here you can see bright red Jatropha, blue floss flowers (which are almost purple in appearance), and cranes made from leaves, moss, and other organic materials from plants!
This room is accented by a John Muir quote “The sun shines not on us but in us” and really makes for a great moment of reflection to go along with the beauty.
The Victoria Room
The centerpiece of the Victoria Room is an interesting work of art by local studio Visionary Effects and is a collection of several dozen multi-colored garden hoses rising up from the water and spraying in all directions.
While you can't get into the pond to run around in the streams, this one certainly captures the spirit of summer with a vibrancy that is only matched by the flowers on-site.
Notes for Visiting Phipps for the Summer Flower Show
Many of our local businesses are adapting to Green Phase re-opening rules, and Phipps Conservatory is no different. As such, to end this article we wanted to share a few of the updated rules for visitors.
Phipps Conservatory is currently implementing an online reservation system with timed entry and recommends booking tickets a minimum of 2-3 days in advance. These will help keep occupancy to 100 guests per hour and allow for generous spacing within the rooms (most have individual occupancy limits of about 10-20 people). When visiting the conservatory, masks are required at all times and there is a strictly controlled one-way path all guests must follow. So if you want to visit a room for a second time you will have to walk through the conservatory again- turning around is not allowed.
It is worth noting that this route incorporates some outdoor sections that all guests must pass through. Likewise, there are easy to follow directional stickers placed out in 6-foot increments throughout many rooms in the Conservatory to encourage separation.
Finally, Phipps has a special access time on Monday mornings for those who may have medical restrictions that would otherwise prevent them from visiting. They recommend calling instead of making an online reservation to discuss visiting during this special access time.
As with everything, these rules could also change and it is best to check their website for up-to-date information and requirements.
Overall, we are quite excited that Phipps Conservatory is open again for visitors and are also going above and beyond to create an environment that is safe and welcoming to all guests. If you are in need of an uplifting outing, a visit to Phipps for their relaxing Summer Flower Show is a must!
The Summer Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory runs through September 27, 2020. We'd like to thank Phipps Conservatory for inviting us to check out the Summer Flower Show! As always, all opinions are our own. Please note that the Stove Room and Fern Room are undergoing refurbishments during the show. The Stove Room is closed and the Ferm Room is only 50% open.
After visiting the Phipps Summer Flower Show, be sure to take a walk around Schenley Park!