Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
On view through 2021
Be immersed in one of the planet’s most botanically rich rainforest regions when Phipps unveils its first of a kind, 12,000-square-foot “Tropical Forest Cuba” exhibit.
For the next three years, you’ll have the chance to explore a variety of lush plant species including Cuba’s national tree, the towering royal palm, whose ornamental silhouette makes it an iconic feature of the country’s landscape.
Among the fragrant flora will be stunning orchids, unique ferns and rare cycads. Stroll amidst cascading waterfalls, a colorful fish aquarium and a scenic overlook.
Interactive educational stations include life-size carvings of native birds and a global research station. Enjoy an authentic Cuban meal in a paladar — a private restaurant often located in people’s homes — and learn about natural medicine and organic farming in a traditional farmacia.
Don’t miss the Tropical Forest Cuba Festival February 10 featuring live music by Flor de Luna and Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh, salsa lessons, crafts and Cuban cuisine.