The flowers found on this Torosaurus represent the
four growing seasons at Phipps: Summer—Gerber Daisies;
Fall— Chrysanthemums; Winter—Poinsettias; Spring—Tulips.
Conservatory and Botanical Gardens recently announced a $42.5
million capital campaign to upgrade and expand the 108-year-old
institution. The fund-raising effort will result in a new tropical
forest exhibit, state-of-the-art greenhouse, new botanical
research facility, expanded educational programming space,
additional visitor amenities, and new front pavilion. "Four-Season-O-Saurus"
will do her part to help raise awareness of the innovative
plans for this treasured Pittsburgh landmark.
Phipps Conservatory was a gift to the City of Pittsburgh from
industrialist/philanthropist, Henry Phipps. A friend and partner
of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Phipps made his fortune in steel
and real estate. He wanted to "erect something that will
prove a source of instruction as well as pleasure to the people"
and the result was Phipps Conservatory, his best known legacy.
Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is among the nation's oldest
and largest Victorian glasshouses featuring lush tropical
plants, seasonal flower shows, butterflies, and outdoor garden
collections. Phipps Garden Center conducts environmental programs
ranging from introductory and informal courses, to structured
programs for avid gardeners and horticultural professionals.