Arriving before dawn at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens provided an opportunity for photographers to capture images of exotic plants in extraordinary lighting. The conservatory itself covers 2.5 acres, and there are further outdoor gardens. Inside, there are rooms dedicated to specific types of plants-ferns and cycads in one room, for example, and orchids in another. There are also rooms for themed exhibits that change from month-to-month. Phipps Conservatory hosts a weekly farm market and they offer educational programs for adults and children. The facility boasts a green roof, a food garden, and a children’s garden – all with emphasis on sustainability.