Calendar of Events: Tropical Forest Cuba

Event Date: Dec 21, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tropical Forest Cuba invites guests to take an exciting, immersive journey through one of the most botanically rich forest regions in the world. Visitors will not want to miss this all-access opportunity to explore Cuba's natural beauty, diverse ecology and culture amidst lush greenery, fragrant flora, and engaging cultural experience stations, plus cascading waterfalls, gushing streams and a scenic overlook that provides a panoramic view of the breath-taking exhibit.
With new discoveries at every turn in the impressive 12,000 square-foot, 60-foot high Conservatory, visitors will enjoy a wide variety of exotic Cuban plant species including lush palms like the national tree, the royal palm (Roystonea regia), whose majestic height and striking ornamental silhouette makes it an iconic feature of the landscape. Stunning Cuban orchids, unique ferns, and rare cycads round out this expansive, curated collection on display for the first time at Phipps.
Explore unique, engaging new stations located throughout the exhibit, including a birding station featuring life-size replica carvings of five different species of endemic Cuban birds, a paladar restaurant recreation here guests can learn about Cuban cuisine, a traditional Cuban Farmacia illustrating how natural medicine is rooted in organic farming and a research station where visitors can see the impact of Phipps' Botany in Action research in Cuba and other locales around the world.
A 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline is on display in reference to the thousands of classic American cars seen on the streets of Havana, giving guests the opportunity to hop in for a photo op and imagine cruising past the nation's lively, bright-hued architecture. At another station, visitors are invited to listen to lively Cuban music and have fun practicing their dance steps.
To celebrate, Phipps will hold a special Tropical Forest Cuba Festival featuring family-friendly activities, entertainment, and food throughout the day on Sat., Feb. 10.
Researching, planning and curating Tropical Forest Cuba was an extensive multi-year process, with Phipps' staff traveling to Cuba to observe and explore Cuba's unique, breathtaking variety of species firsthand. Two photo galleries showcasing Phipps' research trip, the culture and people of Cuba are on display in this exclusive new exhibit.
Don't miss the captivating, serene and culturally enriching experience found only in Tropical Forest Cuba.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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