Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

July 11

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where can you explore a lush tropical forest without leaving Pittsburgh?

Photo by Annie O’Neill.

Photo by Annie O’Neill.

On Saturday, July 11, the ecology and culture of the Congo will come to life and stimulate the senses at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Tropical Forest Congo Festival invites plant lovers of all ages to enjoy a special family day filled with eco-fun.

A celebration of the remarkable culture and plants of the Congo, the festivities will feature live entertainment, fresh healthy fare, hands-on activities and more—all inspired by one of the most botanically and culturally rich rainforest regions on the planet.

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Photo by Annie O’Neill.

Experience the sounds of instruments native to the Congo during presentations led by students from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. Pot your own beautiful plants to take home, participate in African-themed crafts and enjoy lively Congo-inspired entertainment. Taste delicious tropical African fruits from Café Phipps and learn all about the diverse environment and ecology of the Congo forests.

Are you a botany buff? Get up close and personal with plants from the Congo at the site’s new ecology education station, and discover firsthand how Phipps’ renowned Botany in Action program supports global research, sustainable innovation and a more eco-friendly planet. You can even learn all about plants from the African rainforest that are used to make important medicines during a special presentation led by Annette Paluh.

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Photo by Annie O’Neill.

Now on view long-term, Phipps’ Tropical Forest Congo exhibition features a dazzling display of flora never before seen at the Oakland destination. Marking the culmination of extensive research conducted by Phipps’ staff during trips to Cameroon in central Africa, the exhibit includes specimens sourced from nurseries throughout the US as well as from seeds procured from Nigeria, educational kiosks, photography displays and more.

The Tropical Forest Congo Festival is free with Conservatory admission ($15 for adults; $14 for seniors and students; $11 for children ages 2 – 18; free for members and children under 2).