Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show – 2018
Pittsburgh, United States
Plan your winter escape today to a warm, tropical paradise of inspiring orchids and bonsai.
Be our guest for this year’s Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show and watch as Phipps is transformed with hundreds of stunning orchids and our ornate collection of tropical bonsai. Discover tiny miniature orchids, exotic hybrids and one of the finest collections of slipper orchids in the world — and watch for the larger-than-life appearance of Jason Gamrath’s orange sculpted glass orchids as seen in 2017’s SUPER. NATURAL. show. Immerse yourself in the expressive detail of miniature bonsai trees, meticulously trained for years and showcased — many exclusively — in this special exhibit.
Upon entering Palm Court, you’ll be surrounded by vibrant colors and fragrances as some of the most beautiful, fascinating orchids in the world delight in beds, baskets and other unique displays. The Serpentine Room comes alive with timeless, treasured stories found in the variety of miniature Tropical Bonsai trees on display, showcasing the ancient Japanese art of bonsai amid a lush green backdrop. A rainbow of color engulfs a Sunken Garden filled with fuchsia, lime and peach Phalaenopsis orchids complemented by colorful bromeliads. And the signature Orchid Room displays an abundance of beautiful, rare specimens to explore.
Bonsai: A Time-Honored Art Form
Offering a striking contrast to the orchids, Phipps’ tropical bonsai — dwarfed trees trained to take on the shapes of their larger counterparts in nature — are also on display. Classified by size and style based upon the shapes of their trunks, roots and branches, bonsai take many forms, from the iconic formal upright bonsai to the more dramatic slant bonsai that resemble windswept, centuries-old trees. Ornate and rich in tradition, all ages will be captivated by this special exhibit.