When I spent some time in Pittsburgh over the holidays, my mom, her friend, and my middle sister decided to check out Phipps Conservatory! Phipps Conservatory is right next to Carnegie Mellon's campus and Schenley Park, which isn't too far from where I grew up, but I had still never been there.
|The building from the outside.|
Sister: What's a conservatory?
Me: A place to look at plants.
Sister: Oh, I thought it was a place to look at stars.
Me: No, that's an observatory!
But she wasn't the only one! Another friend thought it was a "place you go up high to look at views" and another thought it was something to do with music. Haven't you people ever played Clue? It was Mrs. White in the Conservatory with a Candlestick. Clue is the only reason I previously knew what a conservatory is, but as of now I've actually been in a beautiful one. Enjoy the pictures:
The flowers were just beautiful:
The even had a special holiday display going on including plant-made snowmen:
|this snowman bride is kind of hilarious.|
|and the snowman ring bearer (obviously).|
|a very festive garden.|
|A pretty tree outside and me looking awkward!|
|The dessert room was one of my favorites. Doesn't the huge plant look like it's something out of science fiction? I felt like it was going grab my leg and violently drag me into a ditch. :)|
|They had an orchid room. I think orchids are often pretty and often really weird looking!|
|The fern room was one of my favorites - I love all the green!|