Monday, September 3, 2012

Phipps Conservatory at Summer's End

Tropical walk along the front of Phipps Conservatory with a view toward the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tropical walk along the front of Phipps Conservatory with a view toward the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.
Last week, I was able to attend a garden design seminar with guest speaker Gordon Hayward at Phipps Conservatory. The first day was lecture in the Phipps Botany Hall, and the second day was a smaller setting at the nearby Phipps Garden Center.

I hope to share more of my favorite key points from Mr Hayward lectures soon. For today though, here are a few summery photos I snapped on the way around Phipps on the first day. Happy Labor Day!


Blue dragonfly on a pink waterlily flower.
Blue dragonfly on a pink waterlily flower.
A few yellow waterlilies and orange fishies. The lily ponds are located to the side of Phipps a very worth the walk around the building.
A few yellow waterlilies and orange fishies. The lily ponds are located to the side of Phipps a very worth the walk around the building.
Pink waterlilies
Pink waterlilies
A simple combination for the tropical garden: Broad, green Banana trees, purple Verbena bonariensis, orange blooming Canna 'Pretoria', and dark pink hardy Hibiscus.
A simple combination for the tropical garden: Broad, green Banana trees, purple Verbena bonariensis, orange blooming Canna 'Pretoria', and dark pink hardy Hibiscus.

11 comments:

  1. Julie, thank you for sharing pics! I love these waterlilies and canna.

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  2. Beautiful! I love to see public garden areas use tropicals. They add so much bold texture.

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  3. Very pretty, Julie! I love the pink waterlilies with the dark, ripply back round. Makes the pink more vibrant.
    Cant't wait to hear about the seminar!!

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  4. Beautiful waterlilies, especially the pink one, would it be hardy I wonder?!

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  5. Those water lilies are gorgeous - I love that yellow.

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  6. Very nice. Love the tropical walk - all those colors are amazing!

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  7. Every photo is beautiful! I have a thing for Waterlilies. Gorgeous!

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  8. Beautiful water lilies; thanks for sharing your visit, Christina

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  9. I am so envious of your proximity to such a wonderful place! I don't know if you saw that I almost got to visit Phipps this summer, but was outvoted by my husband and two children who thought the Carnegie Science Center would be a better place to spend the day! In retrospect, I should have just abandoned them, but it was a family vacation. . . Perhaps next summer!

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  10. Julie what a lovely place to stroll looking at the beautiful colors and oh those water lilies...love them.

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  11. Gordon and Mary mentioned that they met you! I love how connected the gardening world is! Your pictures are gorgeous.

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