I finally went to go visit Phipps Conservatory this past weekend with my friend Chelsea. It’s been on my to-do list for quite awhile, but the $15 entrance fee kept me at bay. Imagine my surprise when I found out that my Pitt student ID got me into the gardens (and every museum or cultural exhibit around Pittsburgh) for free! I’ll definitely be going back there, now!
The gardens were founded in 1893 by Henry Phipps and given as a gift to the City of Pittsburgh. He wanted to educate people about different styles of formal gardens (like Roman and English), and give them a chance to see exotic plants from around the world. Phipps Conservatory currently has thirteen different greenhouse rooms, all built in Victorian style, and it is surrounded by lush gardens on every side. While the gardens located outside are obviously seasonal, the conservatory itself is temperature controlled and open year-round. The Conservatory is also one of the “greenest” facilities in the world. It’s a net-zero energy building, which means it consumes zero net energy and produces zero carbon emissions every year. It’s beautiful and environmental!