Maiden Statues by Edmond Amateis in the Broderie

These three maidens by Edmond Amateis originally stood in the walled garden on the Mellon estate, now Mellon Park, where Mr. Amateis also designed the fountain. They left empty niches behind them, but they have been happy here in Phipps for years, where they are a charming feature of the Broderie.

Camera: Olympus E-20n.

Fall Flower Show at Phipps

In honor (apparently) of its Japanese theme, the 2015 Fall Flower Show has visitors keeping to the left instead of to the right all the way around the conservatory (except in the Fern, Orchid, and Stove Rooms, because a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little conservatories). It makes old Pa Pitt wax nostalgic, because Phipps was a keep-to-the-left place for the first century or so of its existence, before finally converting to keep-to-the-right circulation at some time in the late twentieth century.

Cameras: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3 and Olympus E020n.


Neptune stands guard over the Water Garden at Phipps Conservatory.

Cameras: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3 and Olympus E-20n.

Entrance Garden, Phipps Conservatory

Annual flowers always look their best right before the first frost gets them.

Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS (hacked).

A Preview of the Fall Flower Show at Phipps


The Fall Flower Show officially opens this Saturday, but you can watch the installation as it progresses. More than half is already in place.

This year’s show has a Japanese theme, and it probably will not spoil your enjoyment of it to reveal that chrysanthemums will be involved.


Most of the chrysanthemums have not quite opened yet. The ones in the Serpentine Room are just beginning to show their faces.

The Sunken Garden is all dug up, and cartloads of new plants are rolling in.

Camera: Olympus E-20n.

Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Phipps Conservatory

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes is housed in “one of earth’s greenest buildings.” It’s worth taking a tour to see the various clever ways the building makes use of renewable energy and resources.

Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS.

Phipps Hall of Botany

The Hall of Botany is a work of the prolific Alden & Harlow, Andrew Carnegie’s favorite architects, and it bears some resemblance to the designs they came up with for branch libraries. The baroque style is unusual, however.

Cameras: above, Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS; below, Olympus E-20n.