Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Project Size: 280 sq ft
Installation Date: 2016-05-04
Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a local landmark in Pittsburgh, Pa. and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. A green leader among public gardens, Phipps Conservatory is recognized for its commitment to environmental conservation, renewable energy, green building, and local and global sustainability. Phipps Conservatory has been Pittsburgh’s green oasis for more than 120 years. Historically, Phipps has excelled at showcasing the beauty of plants. Today, Phipps is a model of sustainability and offers a variety of programs, classes and events to promote native plant landscaping, sustainable horticulture, greener gardening, raised-bed vegetable gardening, healthy eating, and green living. For example, Homegrown is a Phipps program dedicated to increasing community access to fresh produce, promoting better food choices, and improving the overall health of families and children. Since its inception in 2013, the program has installed 200 vegetable gardens in underserved neighborhoods. “Limited space constrains urban gardening,” said Michael Bechtel, display horticulturist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens. “Our executive director challenged us to experiment with green walls as an option for urban agriculture and for commercial and residential landscaping, too.” Starting in 2015, Phipps tested LiveWall Inspire Living Wall Panels alongside several other living wall systems on the south facing wall of its Production Greenhouse Facility. Today, their vertical garden display features ten Inspire panels.
Edibles, LiveWall, Other Institutional, Outdoor