Thanks to a generous grant from the Jack Buncher Foundation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
will open its doors free of charge on Monday, Aug. 4. Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend between 9:30AM and 5PM.
“We believe that everyone should have the chance to experience the extraordinary beauty and inspiration to be found at Phipps,” says Jack Buncher Foundation Chair Bernita Buncher. “It is one of Pittsburgh’s finest treasures, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with our community in this special way.”
Guests who attend this year’s free admission day will enjoy the colorful booms and whimsical model train displays of Summer Flower Show
, featuring bright blooms and lush tropical plants.
“Our current show is Summer Flower Show, which, this year, has a train theme,” says Liz Fetchin, Phipps director of marketing and communications.
The show incorporates interactive train displays that guests—and children—can operate with the push of a button.
“We invite people of all ages, there is something for everyone to see in the gardens," Fetchin says.
"It really is a great experience for families and children.”
The outdoor gardens at Phipps are in full bloom from the Children’s Discovery Garden and Rooftop Edible Garden to the Sustainable Perennial Beds and Aquatic Garden. Fetchin notes that the vegetables and herbs from the Edible Garden are used in programming and in the Café Phipps
, named one of the best museum restaurants in the U.S. by Food & Wine Magazine earlier this year
“Every year, a free day gives many people the opportunity to pass through our doors and explore the wonders of nature,” says Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini. “We express our sincere gratitude to the Jack Buncher Foundation for making this gift to our community possible through their great generosity.”
Visitors will have the chance to see the Center for Sustainable Landscapes
too, and discover one of the greenest buildings in the world. More details can be found at phipps.conservatory.org
Source: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
, Liz Fetchin