Garden Goodness

phipps

One of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh is spend a quiet morning in Phipps Conservatory, an amazing botanical garden/greenhouse/escape from an urban landscape. It’s especially amazing in the winter, since it’s pretty warm and snuggly inside, and the lively plants really cure the winter blues!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to spend my morning at Phipps–it is my happy place, after all–and snapped a few photos that I’m sharing here on the blog today.

Phipps

Desert room

Of all the amazing rooms, the Desert Room is definitely my favorite. It may not be filled with ornate flowers, but those little cactus’ are poky and I love them. Everything about them is fascinating!

Phipps

If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, make sure you check out Phipps! It’s a beautiful building filled with unique plants and flowers, plus they rotate the displays seasonally so the rooms are changing constantly.

One last photo of my morning–walking back from Phipps, I looked over the bridge and the view was gorgeous. This picture doesn’t do it justice (my iPhone camera isn’t working as well these days), but the lush trees with the Cathedral in the background…oh man. Pittsburgh is such a beautiful, old city. I’m really trying to appreciate everything about it before my time here is over.

Cathedral

xo.

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Friend Dates: Flowers and Thai Food

Today was the last day of classes for our Spring Semester (Finals are next week, lots of studying this weekend!) and we got out of class a little early, so I made plans with a couple friends to celebrate! It felt like we earned a little bit of a study break. So after our class ended, we headed over to Phipps Conservatory to walk through the gardens. Phipps is just always the best place to go. It’s so rejuvenating.

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A gorgeous tree blooming outside Phipps

Playing around in this cute palm-frond hut (meant for children)

Playing around in this cute palm-frond hut (meant for children)

What a great break from the hustle-bustle of the semester! After Phipps, we headed over to Shadyside and had some killer Thai food at Noodlehead (I would highly recommend it!). Their menu is short but they have obviously perfected each dish. I tried the Pad Thai, which was incredible, and I can’t wait to go back and try some of their other dishes. Amazing.

It was a great outing, and I loved spending some time with my friends outside of school. It feels like we get so busy sometimes that I only get to see them when we’re at school, and it was really nice to get away from all of that and just have some fun.

xo.