Phipps Conservatory

Essential Pittsburgh
2:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

An Update on the Blooming Corpse Flower

Spectators flocked to the Phipps Conservatory this week.
Credit Casey Premoshis / The Allegheny Front

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been swarming with visitors over the last few days. And thankfully, not flies.

The rare and odoriferous corpse flower has been in bloom for the last 48 hours.  Casey Premoshis visited the giant plant named "Romero" for the Allegheny Front and WESA:

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3:15 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Rare Corpse Flower 'Romero' Makes a Stink at Phipps Conservatory

Visitors at the Phipps Conservatory snap photos of Romero, a rare corpse flower that began blooming Tuesday evening.
Credit Casey Premoshis / The Allegheny Front

Romero, the odorous corpse flower, has finally bloomed at Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory.

Standing approximately five feet tall with a wrinkly central staff and purple and green petals, Romero started releasing its noxious fragrance Tuesday evening. Nature has designed the flower’s smell to attract beetles and flies, but Romero immediately started attracting human onlookers.

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New to the 'Burgh
10:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

6 Things To Do On Saturday Morning in Pittsburgh

Riding the Duquesne Incline is just one of many ways to spend a Saturday morning in Pittsburgh.
Credit Flickr user Dougtone

Finding things to do on a Friday night in Pittsburgh isn't tough.

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.
But what about the morning after?

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:51 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

The Uncanny Corpse Flower

A rare, interesting specimen, the corpse flower will only bloom and share its unique scent for approximately 48 hours before decaying.
Credit US Botanic Garden / Wikipedia

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 Dunigan, Curator of Horticulture at Phipps, says that the corpse flower models itself after the scent of a decaying corpse to convince flies to come and lay their eggs.

“You really do have to smell it to believe it,” Dunigan says.

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.

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Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Why Will Phipps Smell Like Death This Month? Blame the Corpse Flower

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will soon smell like something crawled up inside of it and died. 

Some time in late August a rare corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum), 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.

“And when I say intense, you can imagine that these have evolved to attract pollinators from miles away,” Dunigan said. “So in our Palm Court, which is quite a big room, it's sure to smell the entire room up.”

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3:01 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Two Pittsburgh Institutions Join Forces to Host Butterfly Celebration

Two very different Pittsburgh icons are finding common ground in an insect.

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.

Susan Zimecki, director of marketing and community affairs at the Carnegie Science Center, points to a film as the inspiration behind the event.

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Phipps Conservatory
4:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

New Book Documents Construction of Phipps 'Living Building'

The cover of "Building in Bloom," a new book about Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes.
Credit Noah Brode/90.5 WESA

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.

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.

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10:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Phipps Offers Free Admission

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 here.

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 flowers.

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 plants.

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