Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Through November 6
Various times

Western Pennsylvania is one of the most idyllic places to experience Autumn’s vibrant bursts of color and texture—from brightly hued mums and eye-popping leaves, to carved pumpkins and decorative gourds.

For the next 13 days, the best place to enjoy iconic harvest traditions and seasonal activities is at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.


Continuing a popular annual tradition at the Oakland designation, Phipps’ latest Fall Flower Show has filled the entire Conservatory with 13 classifications of blooming chrysanthemums, scenic harvest arrangements, and even some unexpected whimsical elements.

Inside beautiful Palm Court, visitors will encounter an authentic vineyard complete with antique barrels, rustic arbors and meandering grape vines. Stepping into the Sunken Garden, the public will discover an old-fashioned apple orchard and cider press.

Look out for the gristmill and traveling murder of crows overhead in the Victoria Room, East Room and Serpentine Room.

Dubbed “Bask in Nature’s Bounty,” this year’s stunning show is designed by Phipps Plant Recorder and Display Horticulturist Laura Schoch.


Don’t leave without a visit to Phipps’ popular Garden Railroad for a nostalgic locomotive journey spanning two centuries of Pittsburgh history—from the opening of the H.J. Heinz Factory in 1869 to the restoration of the Point State Park fountain in 2013. On view in conjunction with the city’s bicentennial anniversary, the revamped Garden Railroad features 10 snapshots of different time periods in Pittsburgh history, five interactive stations, a lush backdrop, and exquisitely detailed props such as tiny living plants, shrubs and trees. Amidst the miniature worlds, visitors of all ages can turn a hand crank to elevate the Duquesne Incline or push a button to activate applauding crowds and festive illumination at a Pirates game.

The Fall Flower Show runs through Sunday, November 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.