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This Week at Phipps: April 12 – 18
Apr 12

This Week at Phipps: April 12 – 18

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 otherwise. 

Open Daily:

  • As Long as the Grass, an exhibit by Lindsey french
    With the use of still images and videos, visiting artist Lindsey french presents As Long as the Grass, an exhibit of interdisciplinary artwork through the lens of phytovision. Phytovision, as both a practice of perception and a plant-oriented media, is an experiment to destabilize the primacy of human vision.
  • Planets Earth Virtual Exhibit
    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (and now online) addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • Wild About Geometry: A Virtual Youth Art Exhibit
    This exhibit features artwork made by area middle school students participating in the Phipps Fairchild Challenge. In this challenge titled Wild About Geometry, students discovered geometric shapes and repetitions in nature.

Mon., April 12:

  • Fermentation Frenzy: Miso and Koji | 7 – 8:15 p.m.
    Miso is a Japanese fermented bean paste that is very versatile, flavorful and microbially rich. This introductory class will give you the confidence to make miso at home, while giving you an understanding of koji, a molded grain and key ingredient in miso. You’re encouraged to get your hands dirty, mashing beans alongside Trevor, and to explore the numerous creative ways of crafting flavors through miso.

Tues., April 13:

  • UPMC Health Plan Health Coach Classes: Health Meal Planning and Food Prep | 4:30 – 5 p.m.
    Interested in weekly meal prep but not sure where to start? Learn how to create weekly seasonal meal plans that work for you and your family with Let’s Move Pittsburgh and UPMC Health Plan health coaches. Plus, receive a recipe to make oven roasted veggie bowls with herb sauce.
  • Delicious Dinners with 5 Ingredients: Enchiladas | 6 – 7 p.m.
    Discover how to take the stress out of making dinner and learn some great recipes that can be made with five ingredients. These simple recipes will become your go-to choice for busy weeknights.

Wed., April 14:

  • Virtual Story Time | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Join us for stories, sing-alongs and fun activities you can do from home each Wednesday!
  • Let's Move PIttsburgh Playful Pop-Up Series: Flying Friends | 5 – 5:45 p.m.
    Explore nature through the eyes of our favorite flying friends. Journey through the lifecycle and metamorphosis of butterflies and learn about exotic birds all while playing games and moving our bodies.
  • Instant Pot Indian Cooking | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Join Chef Jayashree as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Expand your culinary skill set, learn new spice combinations and bring healthy and delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation.
  • Planting for Pollinators | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Have you always wanted a pollinator garden, but weren’t sure where to start? Whether looking to plant a new meadow or just to plug pollinator plants into an existing garden, you will learn the plants and structures that support these useful animals. Learn the importance of native host plants and why they are necessary for supporting butterflies. You will get a list of plants to attract pollinators and learn about the online tool from Phipps to help you find sustainable plants for your garden.
  • Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods, including how to arrange your crops within your space using the square-foot-gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, and how to minimize weeds, pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your own plan will be included.

Thurs., April 15:

  • Roasted Chicken Dinner | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    A roast chicken can have a long life in your home, as dinner, leftover lunch and even soup. Chef Emily will teach you everything you need to know to bring this classic dish to your table and make it perfectly every time. Learn how to create this classic dish and pair it with a fresh salad and homemade dressing. You’ll also leave class with instructions of how to use the leftovers from dinner to make a homemade chicken stock, leaving nothing to waste!
  • Long-Blooming Perennials | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Don’t you wish the perennials in your garden would bloom longer? Often in gardens we balance short bursts of glorious intensity with the doldrums when nothing much is going on. Discover flower-power perennials to help fill your garden with long-lasting color. Plus, discuss gardening techniques to make the most of what you have, staggering bloom, deadheading and more.

Fri., April 16:

  • Virtual Environmental Film Series: April Screening | 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT
    Join us for an evening of exploring how we can help tackle climate change through backyard gardening and local, small-scale agriculture. Dive into four short stories produced by Happen Films about successful backyard gardens and a CSA farm, then join us for a conversation with Phipps gardening staff about how you can grow your own success story at home!

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman