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Pittsburgh, Pa.—Starting on November 23, 2012, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites the public to “come home for the holidays” as the guests of honor at Winter Flower Show, one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved family traditions. And, beginning on November 25, a brand new outdoor Winter Light Garden exhibit will shine with scores of whimsical LED light forms, adding even more enchantment to the public garden’s spectacular seasonal displays.
After being welcomed by a Victorian-style hearth in Palm Court, visitors can expect to enjoy: elaborate wreaths decorated by staff horticulturists and educators; an 1893 World’s Fair-themed Garden Railroad; a cheerful woodland where bears and cardinals trim a tree against a yellow moon with Santa’s silhouette; and Phipps’ own traditional cut fir decorated with thousands of LED lights. And, as always, colorful poinsettias, amaryllis, paper whites and other favorites will be incorporated into each scene.
Also new for 2012 is the Winter Light Garden, an extension of the holiday fun into the Outdoor Garden, where guests will be dazzled by glowing orbs, “dripping” snowballs, luminous trees, and a brilliant fountain of light as they follow meandering pathways through a winter wonderland. Featuring energy-efficient technology in keeping with Phipps’ commitment to sustainability, all lights used are LED.
Other festive 2012 events include: Garlands, Gifts and Holiday Tea (November 29-30 and December 1); Santa Visits (Saturdays and Sundays, November 24-December 23, and November 23 and November 26);Candlelight Evenings (November 25-January 6); Family Fun Days (December 26-30); and the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration (December 31). More details can be found at
Winter Flower Show, designed by Bob Vukich, and Winter Light Garden, designed by studio i, run through January 6, 2013 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. as of November 25. Visit Phipps online for November 23 and 24 show hours. (Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on December 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on December 26). Admission costs $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (age 62 and up) and students (with ID), and $9 for children (ages two-18). Members and kids under two enter free.

About Phipps: Established in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. stands as an eco-champion among America’s 500 public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate visitors with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and worldwide biodiversity through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more at

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