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This Week at Phipps: April 5 – 11
Apr 05
2021

This Week at Phipps: April 5 – 11

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:

  • Spring Flower Show: Canopy of Color
    Don’t miss a new spectacular show creating color from above! In Spring Flower Show: Canopy of Color, Phipps' signature displays will delight not only in beds below, but baskets and designs above, creating a world of color waiting to be explored. 
  • 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 5:

  • Nature of Place Symposium, Day 1 | noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Join us for a conversation of how biophilia impacts the most precious and vulnerable among us: children. Over the course of three days, we will explore not only the deep importance of how children significantly benefit from time in nature, but also how some children are deprived of this experience due to a variety of factors such as racial injustice and disability exclusion.
  • Smartphone Videography: Shooting and Editing High Quality Garden Videos | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Today’s smartphones rival professional cameras when shooting video. Learn how to make great movies of your garden with your phone’s camera, edit your footage to create a strong storyline and create a polished final garden video to share with friends or feature on your own YouTube channel. Learn to take advantage of your smartphone’s advanced camera settings and use stabilization, framing, exposure, camera motion techniques and clear audio recording to create a professional look. Edit your footage for clarity, beauty and a strong story using inexpensive computer software as well as explore various free and low-cost apps for in-phone advanced shooting and editing. YouTube’s Creator tools will be addressed for sharing your videos online. Whether you want to record your garden over time or teach a gardening tip or technique to others, this class will help you to create a professional looking video.
     

Tues., April 6:

  • Nature of Place Symposium, Day 2 | noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Join us for a conversation of how biophilia impacts the most precious and vulnerable among us: children. Over the course of three days, we will explore not only the deep importance of how children significantly benefit from time in nature, but also how some children are deprived of this experience due to a variety of factors such as racial injustice and disability exclusion.
  • Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Raised beds offer a number of advantages over typical in-ground garden beds, including improved drainage, greater control over soil and fertility, and easier weed and critter control. Explore the range of materials you can use to build raised beds and best practices for filling and maintain them. This presentation will also briefly cover trellising, season extension and fencing options.
  • Creating a Spring Bulb Container Garden | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Learn to create a refreshing live bulb plant garden to enjoy as the blooms emerge and open. Learn how to properly arrange the plants and finish with moss and trims for a natural finished look. The potted bulb plants can later be separated and planted in your home garden to rebloom next year. Instructional notes will be provided.

Wed., April 7:

  • 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!
  • Nature of Place Symposium, Day 3 | noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Join us for a conversation of how biophilia impacts the most precious and vulnerable among us: children. Over the course of three days, we will explore not only the deep importance of how children significantly benefit from time in nature, but also how some children are deprived of this experience due to a variety of factors such as racial injustice and disability exclusion.
  • Let's Move PIttsburgh Playful Pop-Up Series: Busy Bee Spring Games |  5 – 5:45 p.m.
    Learn what our pollinators do in the spring and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Thurs., April 8:

  • Homemade Pet Treats |  6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Spoil your furry friends by making them homemade treats! Dogs and cats love these customized delights and you’ll feel great knowing exactly what is in them. All ingredients are human friendly too, so you can even taste what you are feeding them. We recommend getting some cute cookie cutters for this class.
  • Organic Lawn Care | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Get a head start on caring for your organically managed lawn. Learn tips and tricks from a local landcare professional on how to keep your lawn lush and free of synthetic chemicals. This class will cover seeding, fertility, aeration and more, as well as how to replace synthetic fertilizers with organic options. 

Photos © Phil Johnson II


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