Sunday, March 4, 2012


Pat and I spent the weekend in Pittsburgh. After 10 years in Cleveland, we thought that it was finally time to cross the border and venture into unexplored territory. Yeah, we had driven through PA on the way to DC and have gone to Pittsburgh’s airport, but that isn’t visiting. A John Prine concert is what drew us to Pittsburgh. The concert was great and we had front row seats. 
As I was driving and Pat was navigating through the maze of bridges and streets in Pittsburgh, we saw a sign that told me we were living right. The Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show was at the convention center. It was a block away from the hotel. That answered the question about what we were going to do on Saturday.  The show is a great reason to visit Pittsburgh, and as I am a garden show addict, I don’t need much of a push to add it on next year’s list.
We made sure to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. We were in luck. There was something like a bazillion orchids in bloom. Add a train garden and water features and it was sensory overload.

 Their Chihuly is very cool.


Jayne said...

I love a good garden show too. What a good thing you found that one was on -- so often I find out about them a week after they close! Love all those orchids, just beautiful!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Garden shows are a great inspiration. You can't always use their ideas in the home garden but they get you thinking. I head to the Chicago one next weekend with a fashion theme!


The Redneck Rosarian said...

wow! looks like an awesome show!

Lona said...

Wow Jim what a terrific show and the Conservatory has me speechless. Now that is a train garden. The orchids in that room are just gorgeous. I am glad you found some great places to visit and what luck in that the garden show was being held.