Phipps Conservatory http://wesa.fm en An Update on the Blooming Corpse Flower http://wesa.fm/post/update-blooming-corpse-flower <p>The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been swarming with visitors over the last few days. And thankfully, not flies.</p><p>The rare and odoriferous corpse flower has been in bloom for the last 48 hours.&nbsp; <strong><a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/story/romero-corpse-flower-soon-stink-phipps">Casey Premoshis</a></strong> visited the giant plant named "Romero" for the Allegheny Front and <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/rare-corpse-flower-romero-makes-stink-phipps-conservatory"><strong>WESA</strong></a>: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:32:26 +0000 Heather McClain 15287 at http://wesa.fm An Update on the Blooming Corpse Flower Rare Corpse Flower 'Romero' Makes a Stink at Phipps Conservatory http://wesa.fm/post/rare-corpse-flower-romero-makes-stink-phipps-conservatory <p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:15:19 +0000 Casey Premoshis 15222 at http://wesa.fm Rare Corpse Flower 'Romero' Makes a Stink at Phipps Conservatory 6 Things To Do On Saturday Morning in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/6-things-do-saturday-morning-pittsburgh <p>Finding things to do on a Friday night in Pittsburgh isn't tough.</p><p>One might visit the bars on Carson Street or head downtown or to the North Shore for some fancy cuisine. And on any given Friday there are gallery crawls, concerts and movie showings to keep people of all cultural persuasions entertained.<br />&nbsp;<br />But what about the morning after?<br />&nbsp;<br /> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:00:48 +0000 Reid Carter 14915 at http://wesa.fm 6 Things To Do On Saturday Morning in Pittsburgh The Uncanny Corpse Flower http://wesa.fm/post/uncanny-corpse-flower <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Phipps Conservatory will be getting a rare, rancid treat in the coming weeks. The corpse flower, a flower from the jungles of Indonesia, is best known for its distinctive smell of rotting flesh. Ben </span>Dunigan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Curator of Horticulture at </span>Phipps<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says that the corpse flower models itself after the scent of a decaying corpse to convince flies to come and lay their eggs.</span></p><p>“You really do have to smell it to believe it,” Dunigan says.</p><p>Phipps’s flower—affectionately named “Romero” after Night of the Living Dead director and Pittsburgh native George A. Romero—will only spend 48 hours in full bloom, with 12 peak hours during which the flower will be at its most putrid. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:51:05 +0000 Reid Carter 14608 at http://wesa.fm The Uncanny Corpse Flower Why Will Phipps Smell Like Death This Month? Blame the Corpse Flower http://wesa.fm/post/why-will-phipps-smell-death-month-blame-corpse-flower <p>The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will soon smell like something crawled up inside of it and died.&nbsp;</p><p>Some time in late August a rare corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum),&nbsp;that Curator of Horticulture Ben Dunigan has been pampering since 2009, is expected to bloom. When it does, the 6-foot-tall flower will emit an “intense” scent resembling rotting flesh.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:22:54 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 14466 at http://wesa.fm Two Pittsburgh Institutions Join Forces to Host Butterfly Celebration http://wesa.fm/post/two-pittsburgh-institutions-join-forces-host-butterfly-celebration <p>Two very different Pittsburgh icons are finding common ground in an insect.</p><p>The Carnegie Science Center and Phipps Conservatory are teaming up to host Butterfly Weekend, a two-day event that will give the public a chance to learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and natural habitat.</p><p>Susan Zimecki, director of marketing and community affairs at the <a href="http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/calendar/event-details/?eventID=2489">Carnegie Science Center</a>, points to a film as the inspiration behind the event.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 19:01:44 +0000 Michael Lynch 10334 at http://wesa.fm New Book Documents Construction of Phipps 'Living Building' http://wesa.fm/post/new-book-documents-construction-phipps-living-building <p>Phipps Conservatory is celebrating the release of a book that details the construction of its new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a $23.5 million facility that produces all of its own water and energy.</p><p>Called "Building in Bloom," the book by Mary Adam Thomas is the first of a series commissioned by the Living Future Institute, an Oregon company that administers the ultra-green Living Building Challenge certification program for structures.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 20:35:23 +0000 Noah Brode 9127 at http://wesa.fm New Book Documents Construction of Phipps 'Living Building' Phipps Offers Free Admission http://wesa.fm/post/phipps-offers-free-admission-0 <div class="field-item even"><p>If you’ve been looking to visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens but hesitate because of the $15 admission fee, you’re chance to visit free of charge is&nbsp;here.</p><p>Phipps is dropping its admission charge for February 25th and extending the Garden Railroad, Orchid, and Tropical Bonsai Show so people will be able to take in the&nbsp;flowers.</p><p>Margie Radebaugh, Director of Horticulture and Education at Phipps, said, in addition to the current shows, people are also able to enjoy their year round&nbsp;plants.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:21:24 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 1514 at http://wesa.fm