Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Phipps Conservatory Topiarys and Plants

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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 6:17 AM CST
We visited Phipps Conservatory in Pitts, Pa. last week. They had a beautiful Christmas Show. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the display.
We will start with the picture frames, there were several of these and the Grandfather Clock that worked and chimed.

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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 6:27 AM CST
There were 2 of these Topiary Trees by the door way of the Cactus Room.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 6:48 AM CST
Here are some of the larger plants from the Cactus Room.

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Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 5, 2012 6:56 AM CST
Beautiful! Love the clocks and Picture with the greenery as their frame.


























Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 6:57 AM CST
There were plenty of cute little guys planted in good sized groups that looked just spectacular.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 5, 2012 6:58 AM CST
Oh my gosh, Holly, so beautiful!! Lovey dubby The clocks are wonderful ... as are the topiaries.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 6:59 AM CST
So do I. I have several living wreathes I just love the Topiary.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 7:25 AM CST
These for me were special plants.
Blooming Jades are always wonderful for me to see.
Silver Jade Crassula arborescens

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tortoise shell yam Dioscorea Macrostachya.
Here is the base The stems and leaves were up on the ceiling

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This was a new plant for me and I just loved it.
I have a couple of nice fuzzy Kalanchoe but I haven't seen this one before.
Felt Bush Kalanchoe beharensis

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 5, 2012 7:34 AM CST
Love Love Love all of them!!!
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 7:51 AM CST
These are for the semps and sedum lovers. They had great Topiary outside in the courtyards all done with semps and sedums. Not looking like much in these cold temp but interesting. There were Bees and several other bugs plus a small maze done with living walls.


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So these are all the pics for this thread. I may post some of the other pics in another thread in a different forum and when/if I do I will come back and post links so you can all see more of the beautiful Phipps Conservatory.
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SongofJoy
Jan 5, 2012 8:00 AM CST
K. beharensis is a wonderful plant. I had that one out in CA. Loved it. Lovey dubby
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Dutchlady1
Jan 5, 2012 9:40 AM CST
I agree and easy to grow!
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extranjera
Jan 5, 2012 11:03 AM CST
Beautiful! I loved the picture frames and it was interesting to see the framing of the topiary underneath, one of the benefits of winter I suppose. Nice pictures.
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tarev
Jan 5, 2012 2:09 PM CST
Ohhhh...sooo lovely to see them!!! Hurray!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 5, 2012 2:47 PM CST
I was fascinate by the Tortoise Shell yam Dioscorea macrostachya.
And absolutely loved seeing the blooming Silver Jade Crassula arborescens, what an amazing plant.
The living wreaths are always wonderful. Lovey dubby
But just look at that Molded Wax Agave. Lovey dubby
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goldfinch4
Jan 5, 2012 5:01 PM CST
Hurray! Thanks for the pictures Holly! I love those frames too!
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 6:05 PM CST
Lynn, We have the same taste. The Wax Agave was just beautiful I have seen Jades in flower before but they always amaze me. I just couldn't get over the size of the Tortoise Shell. I have seen smaller ones with a little stem but when I realized that all that growth was coming from that plant I was stunned.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jan 5, 2012 6:10 PM CST
While looking for parking we ended up back behind the Conservatory where there was some trash dumped one of the things in that pile was a Topiary frame of a good sized Dinosaur. I'm thinking it might have been about 6ft tall. If we would have had the Explorer it would have come home with me. Ric asked if I wanted it but it was terribly muddy and messy and I'm not sure we could have gotten it in the back of the Subaru. Since we were headed inside I didn't want to mess with it. Should have remembered to check back when we were leaving to see if it would have fit.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 5, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Oh bummer, about the topiary form. Sad
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Stush2019
Jan 6, 2012 11:25 AM CST
I have been to Phipps Conservatory maybe twice in my life. I enjoyed it both times but the Pittsburgh traffic is horrendous. I live only 10 miles south-west of Pittsburgh but never go there. Miss one exit turn and you can never get back that way. It's access to the park way is just one almost not marked exit. With all the hills, valleys and rivers it's the worse city to travel in.
Very nice pictures, thanks for sharing.

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