Phipps’ Winter Flower Show is a must see holiday tradition

Posted on: December 14, 2018 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments

One of my favorite things to do this time of the year is visit The Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Every year there’s something new and wonderful to see. This year’s theme is ‘Let It Glow.’ It’s wonderful to see the displays indoors when it’s so dreary outside.

Phipps' Winter Flower Show should be explored at a relaxed pace to reveal the attention to detail.

The East Room transforms as the light fades outside. Photos by Doug Oster

Here’s how I recommend seeing the show. Go toward the end of the day, giving yourself at least an hour and a half of daylight to see all the rooms. Take your time, one of the best things about the show is the attention to detail. There are holiday trees made of succulents and tropical plants, it’s so much fun to explore. Stop and smell the paperwhites! That’s especially true when walking into the Sunken Garden Room.
As the sun goes down, go through the show again, it’s truly a different experience. The renovated Palm Court has a brand new unique changing light show.
Get outside to see the Winter Light Garden, designed by Jordyn Melino, associate director of exhibits. Every year the area has been expanded, kids will love it, but it’s something everyone should see.
I enjoy getting a tour of the show with Jordyn annually. Here’s a fun video of us walking through the show.

Whenever I run into anyone going to the show, I also tell them to stop at Cafe Phipps, a place I enjoy eating every time I visit the conservatory.
These are some of the other photos from the Winter Flower Show. Be sure to get to Phipps before January sixth to see the show.

Phipps' Winter Flower Show should be explored at a relaxed pace to reveal the attention to detail.

Amaryllis flowers are a tradition in the show, these are some of the biggest blooms I’ve ever seen.

Phipps' Winter Flower Show should be explored at a relaxed pace to reveal the attention to detail.

This 18 foot Fraser Fir is covered in over 14,000 LED lights.

Phipps' Winter Flower Show should be explored at a relaxed pace to reveal the attention to detail.

Stop and smell the paperwhites!

Phipps' Winter Flower Show should be explored at a relaxed pace to reveal the attention to detail.

‘Picasso’ is one of the interesting and beautiful varieties of poinsettias showcased in the Winter Flower Show.

Phipps' Winter Flower Show should be explored at a relaxed pace to reveal the attention to detail like this holiday tree made of succulents.

Phipps’ Winter Flower Show should be explored at a relaxed pace to reveal the attention to detail like this holiday tree made of succulents.

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”