A classic conservatory
Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a seamless, almost flawless operation. Everything that one would expect to see at this time of year (moving into the holidays) in an American botanical gardens is in place. The mum show is waning, but the poinsettia show is waxing. Its large garden railroad runs through miniature farms with interactive watermills, tractors, even herds of goats. Small groups of Chihulys pop up throughout the glasshouses. The winter light show starts in a couple weeks. Santa is on his way.
If that were all, Phipps would not interest me too much. Model trains can only fleetingly hold my interest, I dislike mums and (for the most part) poinsettias, and—heresy!—I am not a big Chihuly fan. The glass objects are very pretty placed among flowers and foliage, I grant you.
behind you. Having experienced random drafts and fluctuating heat/humidity levels at conservatories in the past, it is all the more impressive that this greenhouse is not just perfectly maintained—it’s also energy efficient. In fact, Phipps has LEED Platinum certification.
The answers were equally interesting; here are a few:
“Being turned into amusement parks for the sake of wooing visitors.”
“Lack of adequate funding for maintenance and infrastructure.”
“Being seen as irrelevant, out of touch and elitist to younger generations.”