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This Week at Phipps: April 26 – May 2
Apr 26
2021

This Week at Phipps: April 26 – May 2

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:

  • Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls | Opens Sat., May 1
    Featuring one-of-a-kind displays of trolls inspired by the mythological creatures found in folklore and pop culture, this immersive, interactive exhibit is unlike anything Phipps has displayed before.
  • Celebrating John Bauer, Painter of Trolls | Opens Sat., May 1
    In association with Jönköpings Läns Museum, Phipps presents selected works of John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator who focused on landscapes and mythology.
  • 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 26:

  • Planning Your Herb Garden | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Demystify the process of starting an herb garden, learn about site selection and preparation, and discover how to select herbs that will suit your needs. Along the way, pick up life enhancing tips about how to use the herbs you have planted.

Tues., April 27:

  • UPMC Health Coach Class: Nutrition and Immunity | 4:30 – 5 p.m.
    Good nutrition is essential for a healthy immune system. While no one food or vitamin can prevent illness, you can support your body’s health by being mindful of key vitamins, minerals and eating patterns. Join Let’s Move Pittsburgh and UPMC Health Plan health coaches to learn about different immune boosting nutrients and how to incorporate them in your meals. Plus, receive a recipe to make a Vitamin-C-boosting orange Julius.
  • Forgotten Uses of American Flora | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Join us as we explore the illustrious history of overlooked plants. Justin Fornal will identify weeds we often see growing along modern highways that were once used in Native American ceremonial rituals. He will discuss the process used to create birch sap wine, mojo bags, resin based adhesives, medicinal salves, colonial era tinctures and various plant based textile dyes. 

Wed., April 28:

  • 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: Full Bloom Ballet | 5 – 5:45 p.m.
    Summer is right around the corner! Little ones will enjoy creative movement and learn basic ballet terminology and movements in a positive and fun environment. Children will be able to practice and show off their new skills by learning a colorful spring-themed dance!

Thurs., April 29:

  • Make Your Own Boho-Style Bouquet | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    In this class, students will learn how to create the trendy bohemian style bouquet using an assortment of fresh and dried materials. We will discuss how the shape, color and textures play into the style and what kind of ribbon to use to complete the look.

Sat., May 1: 

  • Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls | Opens today
    Featuring one-of-a-kind displays of trolls inspired by the mythological creatures found in folklore and pop culture, this immersive, interactive exhibit is unlike anything Phipps has displayed before.
  • Celebrating John Bauer, Painter of Trolls | Opens today
    In association with Jönköpings Läns Museum, Phipps presents selected works of John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator who focused on landscapes and mythology.
  • Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject. Projects completed in this class will be due on a future date (to be announced) rather than within the three weeks of actual class time.
  • Watercolor III: Special Topics | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Watercolor III classes are single-day, six-hour classes designed to help you hone your skills in particular areas. Topics that may be covered are: developing shine on objects; how to deal with overlapping shapes; light and color (reflected light, mixing colors for shadows, etc.); exploring colors in nature, such as reds, and working with whites against white paper.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman


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