Pittsburgh, Pa. — Thousands of chrysanthemums in shades of yellow, red, purple, orange and green will soon be on display at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Fall Flower Show 2013, opening on Oct. 19. Bringing the vibrancy of the color wheel to life through gorgeous horticultural designs, this annual exhibit celebrates the very best of the harvest season and its many changing hues.
The signature blooms of autumn, chrysanthemums have been highlighted as part of Phipps’ Fall Flower Show since 1893, grown using a variety of techniques to produce an array of results (from elegant cascades to showy, single-flowered disbuds) and form blossoms that fall into 13 classes (from large “spiders” with tentacle-like florets to small button-like “pompons”) — all of which will be showcased for guests. Beautiful foliage and other flowers will also be incorporated into each scene.
The ever-popular Garden Railroad will make its debut as well, beckoning guests to enter Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where reckless efforts to bring dinosaurs back to life go awry, resulting in escaped creatures and plenty of havoc in the surrounding farmlands, cities and living landscapes populated with miniature plants, shrubs and trees. Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this year’s display offers a thrilling adventure for both children and adults alike.
Phipps’ Fall Flower Show, designed by Display Horticulturist Laura Schoch, runs through Nov. 10, 2013 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Admission costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (age 62 and older), $14 for students (with valid ID), and $11 for children (ages two -18). Members and children under two enter for free. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.
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 phipps.conservatory.org.