Garden travels: Phipps Conservatory

While we were in Pittsburgh for the annual Garden Writers Association's symposium, my husband Bill and I had the pleasure of going to Phipps Conservatory for an early morning photo shoot. That was before the doors opened to the public for the day, which was pretty cool although it was a bit difficult to get up at 5 a.m. to participate!

It's a Victorian-style conservatory that is huge and enjoyable to explore. Outside, they have aquatic gardens, perennial beds and the highly-acclaimed Center for Sustainable Landscapes.

This time of year, there are model trains running throughout different rooms of the conservatory which were fun to watch. And they had a marvelous gift shop which is certainly an important fact you should know! For more information about the conservatory and exhibits, visit to their website.

Here are some photos I took during my time at Phipps. Remember that you can click on any of the photos to view a larger, more detailed image.