Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens were founded by Henry Phipps in 1893. The 13-room glasshouse hosts seasonal exhibits, including bonsai trees and orchids. Popular rooms include the Desert Room, the Japanese Garden, and the Tropical Forest Conservatory. Inside just one building, you can visit the whole world.
The gardens provide education about sustainable landscapes, water conservation, and energy use. The Discovery Garden, Treasure Island, and the Garden Railroad offer hands-on activities for kids. The Center for Sustainable Landscapes produces all its own energy and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified.