This Week at Phipps: April 22 – 28
Apr 22

This Week at Phipps: April 22 – 28

By Phipps Conservatory

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:

  • Butterfly Forest
    Watch colorful butterflies break free of their chrysalises to soar and glide among beautiful Phipps blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Earth Day Celebration
    Here at Phipps, we believe that every day is Earth Day — and to celebrate the planet and our important role in keeping it healthy, we’re presenting seven days of fun activities, presentations and more.
  • Absorbed in Color: The Art of Gemma Fletcher
    On display in our Welcome Center Gallery, Fletcher's naturalistic collages offer a rich and complex complement to the surrounding flora that inspired them.
  • Invasives Most Wanted: A Youth Art Exhibition
    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, view fun "wanted poster"-style artworks about some of Western Pennsylvania's best known invasive species as created by middle school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba
    Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive new Tropical Forest exhibit.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive
    Join the more than 1,000 families who have switched their home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!

Mon., April 22:

  • Discovery Station: Our Health, Our Garden  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Explore the connection between people and plants and learn about our well-being and the well-being of our environment. Children are invited to engage in a nature-inspired activity created by artist and illustrator Ashley Cecil.

Wed., April 24:

  • Story Time Wednesdays  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.           

Fri., April 26: 

Sat., April 27:

  • UPMC Health Plan Family Fun Fest  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    At this one-day-only event, enjoy special activities from UPMC Health Plan and Let’s Move Pittsburgh throughout the conservatory, including games, crafts, healthy lifestyle tips and more.
  • Used Bulb Sale  |  9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Take a piece of Spring Flower Show home with you at our annual sale. Come early for the best selection!
  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is now open for you to discover.
  • Native Spring Perennials  |  1:30 p.m.
    Discover the perfect perennials for your garden in this public program.

Sun., April 28:

  • Essential Oils  |  1 – 3 p.m.
    Learn about the varied uses of essential oils in this public program.

Photos © Phil Johnson II, Paul g. Wiegman