Flower Show Designs

Seasonal Display Design

Pittsburgh, PA

Terra Design Studios has designed multiple Spring and Winter flower shows which included the preparation of planting plans, prop fabrication drawings, and interpretive narratives for some of Phipps’ most popular and well-attended seasonal displays. We believe every landscape has a story to tell, and it has been great fun designing these ephemeral displays with a storyline in mind. Our flower show commissions have been:

The Nutcracker (Winter 2011): Guests were transported back to late 19th century Russia as the Conservatory rooms were magically transformed into key scenes from the beloved tale. The Nutcracker show was also graced with vignette performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

The Secret Garden (Spring 2013): Frances Burnett Hodgson’s classic tale of children who explore a mysterious English estate and breathe life back into forgotten gardens came to life amidst masses of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, azaleas and roses.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland (Winter 2014): Snowmen topiary guided visitors on a journey through whimsical plant and prop arrangements inspired by imagery from the verses in this well-known holiday carol.

Deck the Halls (Winter 2015): The Conservatory rooms are lavishly decorated with boughs of holly and Victorian-era elements, and refreshed with modern translations of this timeless carol’s traditional meanings.


  • EcoBotanic Design, Inc.
  • Phipps Production Staff

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