• #bioPGH Blog: The Secrets of Skulls
    Oct 31
    2019

    #bioPGH Blog: The Secrets of Skulls

    By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Research and Science Education Outreach Manager

    In honor of this delightfully spooky day of Halloween, let's explore a little extra creepy biology!

  • Ask Dr. Phipps: Bird of Paradise Plant
    Oct 29
    2019

    Ask Dr. Phipps: Bird of Paradise Plant

    By Phipps Master Gardeners

    Q: I live in Irwin and obtained 2 potted bird of paradise plants last summer.  Based on my research, I believe they are giant white bird of paradise.  There are 3 plants in each large pot.  I purchased a grow...

  • This Week at Phipps: Oct. 28 – Nov. 3
    Oct 28
    2019

    This Week at Phipps: Oct. 28 – Nov. 3

    By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted...

  • #bioPGH Blog: Building my Plant ID Smarts with Smartweed!
    Oct 24
    2019

    #bioPGH Blog: Building my Plant ID Smarts with Smartweed!

    By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Research and Science Education Outreach Manager

    What do you do when you can't identify a plant? I turned to iNaturalist, a plant biologist and a dichotomous key!

  • Center Elementary School: Growing a Healthy and Eco-Friendly School Community
    Oct 24
    2019

    Center Elementary School: Growing a Healthy and Eco-Friendly School Community

    By Ellie Cadden, LMP Intern

    Let’s Move Pittsburgh offers a mini-grant program to reward Champion Schools leading new or existing programs to improve children’s health around Allegheny County. Champion Schools Award applicants submit programs in...

  • Fairchild Challenge at Phipps: Challenge #1 Winners Announced!
    Oct 24
    2019

    Fairchild Challenge at Phipps: Challenge #1 Winners Announced!

    By Emily Johns, High School Program Coordinator

    Thank you to the many schools that submitted entries for Challenge #1!  In this first challenge of the 2019-2020 school year, students combined both writing and visual arts skills in their submissions. ...

  • Small Gardens, Big Impact: Hillside Garden in Monroeville
    Oct 22
    2019

    Small Gardens, Big Impact: Hillside Garden in Monroeville

    By Juliette Olshock

    Small Gardens, Big Impact is a series of blog posts showcasing garden excellence at local homes. Published as part of our Greener Gardening series, each entry will focus on one of our green-thumbed neighbors to discover how they...

  • Extending Black Child Joy Through Culturally-Responsive Play
    Oct 21
    2019

    Extending Black Child Joy Through Culturally-Responsive Play

    By Ariana Brazier

    Play is the means through which experiences, behaviors, social and cultural expressions are merged and transformed into a practice that catalyzes self-interrogation and communal exploration (Janice E. Hale and Erika L. Bocknek)....

  • This Week at Phipps: Oct. 21 – 27
    Oct 21
    2019

    This Week at Phipps: Oct. 21 – 27

    By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted...

  • #bioPGH Blog: A Laudable Lagomorph
    Oct 17
    2019

    #bioPGH Blog: A Laudable Lagomorph

    By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Research and Science Education Outreach Manager

    While many animals are either migrating south or preparing to hibernate, our eastern cottontail rabbit is doing neither! Let's learn a bit more about our lagomorph neighber, shall we?...

  • Meet a Scientist: Cam LaJeunesse and Shilpa Rao
    Oct 16
    2019

    Meet a Scientist: Cam LaJeunesse and Shilpa Rao

    By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Research and Science Education Outreach Manager

    This Saturday, October 19, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Tropical Forest, come meet local scientists, Cam LaJeunesse and Shilpa Rao!

  • Ask Dr. Phipps: Hydrangea Help
    Oct 15
    2019

    Ask Dr. Phipps: Hydrangea Help

    By Phipps Master Gardeners

    Q. I have a couple of mophead hydrangeas that bloom in the summer.  I would like to know when and how to cut them back. Typically there are only about 6 blooms so I imagine I’m cutting back at the wrong time and in the...

  • This Week at Phipps: Oct. 14 – 20
    Oct 14
    2019

    This Week at Phipps: Oct. 14 – 20

    By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted...

  • #bioPGH: Zugunruhe!
    Oct 10
    2019

    #bioPGH: Zugunruhe!

    By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Research and Science Education Outreach Manager

    Zugunruhe is a German word to describe the “migratory restlessness period” experienced by migratory animals, particularly birds. Let's explore!

  • Ask Dr. Phipps: Burning Bush Alternatives
    Oct 08
    2019

    Ask Dr. Phipps: Burning Bush Alternatives

    By Phipps Master Gardeners

    Q:  What can you tell me about burning bush?  Is this a good option for a fall color shrub?  I see a lot of them around town and for sale at nurseries.  Are there other options?       A:...

  • This Week at Phipps: Oct. 7 – 13
    Oct 07
    2019

    This Week at Phipps: Oct. 7 – 13

    By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted...

  • #bioPGH: Fantastic Foliage and Where to Find It
    Oct 03
    2019

    #bioPGH: Fantastic Foliage and Where to Find It

    By Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Research and Science Education Outreach Manager

    We’re still around two to three weeks away from peak fall colors, but that should give us plenty of time to plan the perfect outdoor day to see them!

  • Ask Dr. Phipps: A Weedy ID
    Oct 01
    2019

    Ask Dr. Phipps: A Weedy ID

    By Phipps Master Gardeners

    Q: I have a number of volunteers of this plant (see photos) in my yard in Squirrel Hill and I haven’t been able to identify it.  My neighbor had planted a few of them (they don’t know what they are either) and it...