Phipps lights up with Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden

The Phipps Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden are in full swing at the historic glasshouse in Oakland and will run through Jan. 12. With new illuminated glass installations, scores of LED lights and thousands of festive flowers, this event makes for the perfect addition to every Pittsburgher's activity wish list.

Featuring the whimsical work of artists Matthew McCormack and Jenn Figg, the show includes a colorful variety of glass mushrooms, ferns, bromeliads and tillandsia illuminated from within throughout the conservatory's west wing. A breathtaking network of constellations transforms the ceiling overhead with stars twinkling and fading against a soft aurora borealis-like glow in shifting shades of green, purple and blue. As always, poinsettias, showy amaryllis, aromatic paperwhites and other favorites are incorporated into many of the garden scenes.

The Garden Railroad will be on view, too. This year, it becomes a wild place where efforts to bring dinosaurs back to life go awry, resulting in escaped creatures and lots of havoc in living landscapes dotted with miniature plants, shrubs and trees.

Digging with Doug: Let's tour Phipps' Winter Flower Show

Doug Oster takes you on a tour of the Winter Flower Show at the Phipps Conservatory in this edition of "Digging with Doug." (Video by Doug Oster and Pam Panchak; 12/7/2013)

The Winter Flower Show was designed by Scott C. Scarfone of Oasis Design Group, and the Winter Light Garden by Phipps exhibit coordinator Jordyn Melino.

Daily hours for the Winter Flower Show are 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. for the Winter Light Garden. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 26.

Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages 2-18). Members and children under 2 enter free.

Other festive events include: Santa Visits (Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 22; Candlelight Evenings (through Jan. 12); Brunch in Bloom (Sundays in December, plus Jan. 5); Holiday Tea (Dec. 7); Gifts and Greens Market (Dec. 7); Family Fun Days (Dec. 26-30); and a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration (Dec. 31). An exhibition of both landscape and still-life watercolor paintings by artist Michael M. Strueber will also be on view in the Welcome Center during the run of Winter Flower Show and can be purchased through the gift shop. More details can be found at


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