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This Week at Phipps: Aug. 16 – 22
Aug 16

This Week at Phipps: Aug. 16 – 22

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
    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
    In association with Jönköpings Läns Museum, Phipps presents selected works of John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator who focused on landscapes and mythology.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba 
    Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive Tropical Forest exhibit.
  • 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.

Tues., Aug. 17:

  • Spices 101 | 6 – 8 p.m.  
    Join Chef Rachel Homan for a crash course in spices! Chef Rachel will teach us the differences between herbs and spices, their life spans and how to store and get the most out of each. In this class we’ll be learning in action while making roasted chicken breast made with compound butter served over a fresh pesto penne.

Wed., Aug. 18:

  • 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!
  • Phipps Flower Club: Late Season | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Fill your home with flowers with Phipps’ new local flower subscription program. Pick up a fresh, bountiful bucket of seasonal flowers every two weeks from Phipps – supplied by local farmers, Cherry Valley Organics. Then tune in as Phipps’ floral instructor, Polly Berginc, shows you how to turn your flowers into a beautiful arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, the elements and principles of design, and lots of other tips and techniques for great looking arrangements at home.

Thurs., Aug. 19:

  • Knife Skills for Kids | 4 – 5 p.m.
    Knives don’t have to be scary! In this 60 minute class, we hope to empower students and make knives more approachable. We will be practicing the fundamental cuts of slicing, dicing and julienning.   
  • Native Woody Plants and Their Use in the Landscape | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Identify woody plants that reflect local native plant communities and survey the taxonomic features of these plants, including growth habit, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements. Using these attributes, learn the importance of site placement and create ecologically-informed landscape designs.

Fri., Aug. 20:

  • Virtual Environmental FIlm Series | 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PST
    Join us as we discuss the film, The Long Coast with Stuart Clausen, assistant curator for aquatic life at the Pittsburgh Zoo. 

Sat., Aug. 21:

  • 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.

Sun., Aug. 22: 

  • Member Double Discount Days 
    Visit The Shop at Phipps or The Shop at Phipps Online to receive 20% off your purchase.
  • Floral Morphology | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Study the morphology of a flower, including its parts, evolutionary trends and pollination adaptations. Plus dissect and draw flowers representing a variety of plant families.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman