Here are some of the highlights from the Phipps Conservatory.
As you enter the building, you will see the Gift Shop to your left and the Café to your right. I had plenty of time to browse the Gift Shop as my husband tended to the car, but did not purchase anything. I like to buy a ball cap for my husband from each of the conservatories that we visit. Phipps did not have any in stock. Bummer! I know how much he enjoys wearing these caps. I focused my attention on the plant sale instead. We did eat lunch in the Café where there is a sustainable focus from the food to the flatware and cups.
The Welcome Center is on this level. This is where you purchase your tickets. It is the first LEED certified building in a public garden according to their website. It is beautiful and an indication of what was to come.
The tour of the conservatory starts on the second level. You enter by elevator, or stairs. The first room that you enter is the Palm Court. There are many species of palms in this Victorian inspired room. Among the lush foliage are Chihuly glass art pieces. I love Chihuly glass artwork! I have seen it on display integrated into the Franklin Park Conservatory, the Columbus Museum of Ar, and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Here are some pictures as you enter the Palm Court:
The leaves and trunk of Mexican Breadfruit
Large Palm leaf
A right turn takes you into the Serpentine Room. This room takes you on a winding path of seasonal display along a path bordered by a curved brick wall. Here are some pictures that will help you enjoy the walk:
Mealy Cup Sage
Silver Dollar Maidenhair Fern
Love those black stems!