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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Are you from Pittsburgh or are you planning a trip to Pittsburgh soon? If so, you have to plan a visit to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens! This place is absolutely gorgeous, just look at it’s design below. 

Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens recently held a family bloggers event and my family was fortunate enough to get invited. USA, LLC

Although, I live an hour and a half away from Pittsburgh, my family loves visiting Pittsburgh; it’s such a beautiful city.


Located in Schenley Park, which was also named one of America’s Coolest Parks by Travel + Leisure, the gardens are subsequently just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. In fact, visitors of the gardens can see an almost unseen view of the city from the rooftop. 

Bordering two of Pittsburgh’s major universities, Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh, the gardens have so much to offer the locals. It is even part of the Let’s Move Pittsburgh initiative.

Throughout the year, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offer free classes like, Zumba and yoga sessions. They even follow First Lady, Michelle Obama’s 5-2-1-0 program to help fight childhood obesity.

History of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 

Did you know, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens was actually given as a gift to the city of Pittsburgh? Founded in 1883 by Philanthropist Henry W. Phipps, Phipps wanted the garden to be a place of pleasure and instruction for people.

Today, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden is America’s Greenest Public Garden!

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL)

The Centers for Sustainable Landscapes is one of the newer buildings at Phipps and is the World’s greenest building! This building has three floors and houses Phipp’s research, education and administration.

The CSL is the first building my family went into and inside everything was very green. Trash cans were not normal trash cans, but instead all recyclable trash cans.

While inside the CSL building, we were fortunate to attend a children’s class. In it, our children learned about butterflies, they even made their own butterfly craft.

Phipps Conservatory And Botanical Gardens 

The night we visited Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, it was the Garden’s Halloween Fest. As you can imagine, there was so much going on and the place was packed!

Inside, we watched a magician, touched snakes, and had scary encounters with witches!

While I’m a bit convinced that our family had to have missed some of the gardens, our family had such a genuinely, fun time at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

We are even planning a trip to see the gardens next summer when all the flowers are in bloom and the gardens have their butterfly exhibit.

Whether you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh or a local, you have got to visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Check out this LINK to learn more.

Or follow Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Facebook and Twitter to stay-up-to-date on free shows and happenings.

*Disclosure: was invited to a free blogging event and was not required to write a post. All opinions are my own.


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