A Magical World of Glass, Light and Bloom

It looks like something out of a fairytale and will instantly transport you to an ethereal state of surreal calm.  Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has done it again.  I thought the Chihuly exhibit would be tough to beat but this is an excellent equivalent.  When you put glass and light together it has an astounding effect.  Add the back drop of a distant city skyline and it becomes astoundingly breathtaking.  Get prepared to transition to another world when you visit the Winter Light Garden and Flower Show.  You will even forget how cold it is when you gaze on this feast for the eyes.   It runs through this Sunday – January 12 and the hours are 9:30 am – 11:00 pm.  Metered parking along Schenley Drive in front of the Conservatory is free after 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday.

In 1893 Phipps Conservatory was built by Henry Phipps as a gift to the city.  He would be very proud of the current exhibit and I have a feeling he is gazing down from above.  You can definitely feel his presence in the botanical nirvana he created.

Photo: It was magical! Glad I am a member.

Add a little night music to the enchanting displays and you will be in a zen like trance that you can carry with you throughout the year.  You definitely want to include as many magical moments in 2014 as possible.  Take a night to relax and stroll through The Conservatory’s west wing to see  glass mushrooms, ferns, bromeliads and tillandsia illuminated from within as a breathtaking network of constellations transforms the ceiling overhead with twinkling stars against a soft aurora borealis-like glow.  Step outside and you will be dazzled by glowing orbs, dripping snowballs, luminous trees and a brilliant fountain of light as you follow meandering pathways through a winter wonderland.

            Photo: Great night to enjoy the wonderful displays at Phipps.

Be sure to take advantage of this sought after attraction right in your own backyard.  The TripAdvisor rates it as a must see in Pittsburgh and you can go anytime you want.  Just one more great reason to call our great city home.

Photo: A FB ready cover photo for anyone that would like to use.  Courtesy  of Mattucci Photography and Graphics.

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