Monday, February 25, 2019

A Visit to Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh

Good morning and happy Monday to everyone!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Mine consisted of hanging out at home and snuggling with my cats and then a few visits with friends!!!

There is nothing better than that!!!!

On Friday night I met up with of my very favorite friends to visit a Pittsburgh attraction!! In all the years I have lived here in Pittsburgh, there are a bunch of attractions that my friends or myself have never been to. We have made a plan to get to all of these places over the next few months and I am so excited!!! 

The first place on our list is Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens!  My friends have been there but I had not. We learned that it was the annual orchid display so we made a date for Friday night!

When I arrived, I parked in the middle island outside the venue (the parking is free there and very convenient).  This is Phipps from the outside. We met in the lobby and ate at the restaurant there in Phipps. It is all very delicious food. I had the salmon salad and it was amazing!

Then we walked through the venue! There were soooo many beautiful orchids!!!







We loved these little hanging globes!!! As we were discussing how we could recreate these; a woman that worked there came up to us and explained how to make our own (I am going to try it and use it as a future post). She also offered to walk with us as a "tour guide". It was great! She was soooo knowledgeable about every plant and orchid! She was lovely!!! 





A super cool plant that looks like a turtle - what?!?!





This photo is a photo of the oldest plant at Phipps!!! It was brought in 1893!!! It is a type of palm tree that was purchased at the World's Fair that year and was the first plant at Phipps!!! So cool!!!!


And this is that same plant looking upwards!!! Such amazing history!!!

This is a tiny replica (with a train running around it) of the original Phipps

I can not live with this tree in my life!!! Ahhhhhh...

Bananas!!!! I saw one of the in the wild in Hawaii!!! Our "tour guide" explained that it only takes 18 months for a shoot to turn into this size banana tree!!! If you live in warm climate- get yourself a banana tree - they grow fruit quickly!!!

I had to take a picture of this!!! I want a clipping from this tree and I want to try to grow it indoors at home! We ate these in Hawaii right off of a tree when we were ziplining and they are so yummy!!!  The "tour guide" sadi I should call and ask for one...I am going to give it a shot!!! PS - I keep saying "tour guide" because I unfortunately can not remember her name!!

This is jasmine...it smelled awesome!!!

More orchids...I loved these striped ones!!!

Such cute displays everywhere - even hanging above all over!!!

This is the main lobby after you enter the gardens...this is our little group (L to R...Me, Carol, our new friend and tour guide and Kathy) ...Please excuse this awful picture of me!! Goodness I need to lose this extra weight!! UGH!

Beautiful...
This gentleman donated and dedicated an entire room to his daughter that is there  all year round and they just happen the make the best chocolate in the world - Sarris Candies!!!!
 Nature is so cool...
 A cute little bonsai tree that grows oranges!!!

As we were leaving I got this shot of the building at night - cool, hugh?

It was a great night with such good friends!! I cannot wait for our next adventure!!!

Have a great day!

What is your favorite flower? How was your weekend? What is your favorite candy?



44 comments:

  1. Anything pink is always my favorite flower. There are so many beautiful orchids. It's hard to pick just one.

    Our weekend was quiet and peaceful. We have more rain coming today and throughout the week.

    Butter-Finger is my favorite candy bar.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

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    1. Hi Sandee!!! There were and every one was prettier than the last! It is amazing the amount of variety in nature!! Awesome! I always think of Bart Simpson when I hear Butter finger!!! HA!! Keep safe and dry! Have a great week!

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  2. What an interesting day you enjoyed! I'm not especially fond of orchids, probably on account I think of them almost like a spoiled prima-donna. (Ha!) On the other hand, I love the jasmine; and, I NEED me a coffee tree.

    PS - My favorite candy is Reese's; I literally can't keep them in the house!

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    1. LOL! I try so hard to grow them and they die within a week every time!!! I agree...they are spoiled prima-donnas but they have cause to be! They are amazing! HA! I love Reece's Peanut butter cups but Reece's Pieces I could live without! Have a great week!!!

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  3. Wow looks like a nice place! That's a good idea to make a list of the stuff around you to see.

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    1. We figured it is time! We have lived here for more than 50 years each!!!! We are missing out on so much that is available here to see and do! Have a great night Julie!

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  4. My favorite flower is the daisy. Orchids are beautiful but I know I would kill them. I love chocolate covered toffee. Heath bars and Skor bars... yum! Looks like you had a great time!!

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    1. I am the same way Terri! I do love them but every time I try to own one; it dies within a week! Frustrating! Heath and Skor bars are amazing! I also love toffee!!! Have a great week!

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  5. Nothing better than visiting a conservatory at the dead end of winter!! Orchids are so exotic. But I really want that turtle plant!!

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    1. The turtle plant was sooo cool Tabor! I honestly thought it was a turtle when we first walked up to it! HA! It was lovely with all this crappy weather to see flowers! Have a great week!

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  6. beautiful pictures of flowers... certainly brightened my day!!!!! Orchids are my jam!

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    1. They were so beautiful! I could not get enough of all the different varieties!!! Amazing visit! Have a fantastic week Sarita!

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    1. It was phenomenal Lydia! I will definitely go back again - I wish I have visited sooner! Have a great night!

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  8. What an incredible visit! The orchids are just gorgeous, and I love the colored lights at night. Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

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    1. Thank you for hosting Tanya!! It was a great visit - I am amazed that it took me fifty years to get there! Crazy the things we miss in our own back yards! Have a fantastic week!

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  9. Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop. You have a whole bunch of Aw in the post. ♥

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    1. Thanks for hosting Sandee!!! It is a fun blog hop!!! Have a great week!!!!

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  10. That is such a beautiful building and I just love orchids. We only started visiting nearby botanical gardens last year and I am finding that I just love them! They have so many neat plants to see.

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    1. It is amazing the amount of variation in nature! It reminds me of humans! We need to look more at each other with seeing our differences as beauty instead of differences!! Too deep??? Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic week! Hugs

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    2. Not too deep; I totally agree! Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

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  11. Wow, so many beautiful orchids. My daughter and I were going to go there once but never quite made it. I would love to go sometime

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    1. You would love - it is truly an amazing display of nature at it's finest! You will not regret the trip - I promise! Thanks for coming by and have a fantastic week Ann!!!!

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  12. The flowers look amazing. Glad you enjoyed.

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    1. It was fantastic! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have an amazing week!

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  13. I think it was about 5 years ago that I made my first visit to Phipps. We were to take our granddaughter for her birthday, but she was sick so we decided to go anyway. It was so beautiful! I think I have a whole album of pictures on FB from our trip. Glad you and your friends had such a good time.

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    1. It was great! Sad that I have lived here forever and never been! It is an amazing place! Glad you went even though your Granddaughter could not....hope you have a fantastic week Stacy!!! Hugs

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  14. What a beautiful and wonderful place. I want to visit there.

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    1. It was magical!!! I really want orchids all over my home but I know I will kill them :-(

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  15. I love botanical gardens. They are really beautiful and peaceful!

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    1. I agree - it a place of peace and serenity! Nature is amazing! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! Have a great day! I am now following you! You can follow back if you wish at Annster's Domain

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  16. Hey Girl,
    This was right up my alley. :-) Next time take me with you.
    :-)

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    1. You got it Carla! I can not wait to go back! It was amazing! Have a great week!!! Annster's Domain

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  17. Ah those orchids! Simply gorgeous!

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    1. They were stunning Jessi! It is so hard to convey in a photo how beautiful they were! Have a great day! Annster's Domain

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  18. Thank you, Ann.

    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens say they have been open to visitors since 1893, yet I didn't recognise the name, site or stunning architecture. Phipps reminds me of the mid-19th century greenhouses I loved so much in the UK:

    https://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/2011/11/c19th-ferneries-greenhouses.html

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    1. Yes - I understand your confusion! I have lived in Pittsburgh for 50 years and I have heard of it but had never gone there until last week! Now I can't wait to go back!! Thank you for sharing that link - I will be exploring from afar! WOW! Have a fantastic day!

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  19. Looks like a cool place; just needs some Hummingbirds and Butterflies. LoL!

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    1. Great point~that would have made it truly magical Robert! Thanks for stopping by - have a fantastic week!

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  20. Thank you for your lovely Orchid tour! I thoroughly enjoyed this post.
    You're most welcome to join me in a cuppa,
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you for the invite Jennifer!!! I would be happy to join you in a cup of tea!!!! Hugs!!!

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  21. That a lovely place to visit when it's cold and winter is outside, but inside the conservatory it's like spring has arrived.

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    1. Awwwww...thank you Pieni! They were so lovely and I promise the pictures DO NOT do them justice - they were amazing in person!!! Have a wonderful week!

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