A trip to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
A Christmas gift to me from one of my children was a trip to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was beautifully arrayed for the Christmas season.
The Conservatory is located in Oakland at Schenley Park on the hill. It is one of America’s leading conservatories and is a historic landmark. It was built in 1893 and covers 15 acres. There are 14 Victorian style greenhouses plus adjoining grounds that are all landscaped beautifully. There are 23 distinct theme gardens, and they are decorated seasonally. Their Christmas season display was impressive.
And the company was vey delightful. The grandchildren seemed to enjoy touring the greenhouses as much as I did.
There were a number of train displays in one of the greenhouses. A boys delight! I also thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the intricate detail in the train displays.
There were a number of water features, some with live fish. This one, with a glass viewing area was very entertaining to the littlest one.
Visiting a conservatory or botanical garden is a wonderful way to spend a winter day. I can’t say that I got many gardening ideas from my visit, but it was so nice to spend time among living, growing things while everything is frozen outside.
The January sun is climbing imperceptibly higher in the southern sky. We are gaining 2 additional minutes of daylight each day this month. Have you noticed the days getting longer already?
Gardening season will be here before you know it!