Pittsburgh, Pa. — On May 9 and 10, 2014, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ perennially popular May Market will bring together staff horticulturists, local garden clubs, nurseries, farms and other vendors on its front lawn for a plant sale of ultra-green proportions. In honor of National Public Gardens Day, attendees will also receive half off Conservatory admission during event hours.
Organic herbs and vegetable seedlings; tropical plants and succulents; low-maintenance perennials and shrubs on Phipps’ Top 10 Sustainable Plant Lists; native and rain garden plants; and many other seasonal favorites are among the offerings green thumbs can expect to find at May Market. Also available for sale will be everything from organic soil and landscaping materials to botanical art and natural body care products. As always, Phipps’ staff and Master Gardeners will be on hand to share advice, and delicious hand-dipped fondant strawberries — a traditional offering — will be served.
During May Market, guests can enjoy a 50-percent discount on Conservatory admission and get a peek at Summer Flower Show, opening May 10 to showcase themed railroad displays enhanced by vibrant flowers. Café Phipps — a Green Restaurant Certified® eatery — will be open both days as well to make for the perfect Mother’s Day weekend outing. May Market, held from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 9 and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 10, is free and open to the public. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.
Great Plant Auction
On May 2, the weekend before May Market, Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park will betransformed into an auction house where plant lovers can bid on many sought-after trees, shrubs and perennials, as well as unique garden accessories for the home. Benefiting Phipps’ dynamic education programs, this lively annual sale is supported by local garden centers, businesses and specialty mail-order nurseries. Required reservations can be made by calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925. The cost is $20 for Phipps members and $25 for nonmembers, and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 6 p.m.
About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more: phipps.conservatory.org.