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This Week at Phipps: Aug. 19 — 25
Aug 12

This Week at Phipps: Aug. 19 — 25

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:

  • Van Gogh in Bloom
    Experience the captivating work of Vincent van Gogh brought to three-dimensional life through vibrant blooms, majestic trees and hand-crafted props as recreations of his legendary paintings take center stage at Phipps.
  • Butterfly Forest
    Watch colorful butterflies break free of their chrysalises to soar and glide among beautiful Phipps blooms. One may even land on you!
  • The Plants That Inspired Van Gogh: A Photographic Exploration
    In our Welcome Center Gallery, local photographer and Phipps volunteer Paul g. Wiegman highlights the essence of the plants that Vincent van Gogh was inspired to paint.
  • 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.
  • Planets Earth
    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • 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., Aug. 19:

  • Make-a-Craft Mondays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.
  • Native Plant Walking Tour  |  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Take a walk around the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Environs to tour our native plant selection, focusing on potential additions to your own garden. Learn how to attract pollinators, add visual interest, choose optimal planting conditions and maintain your garden. Plus, briefly learn about green roof structure and planting challenges. Your tour will be led by Phipps’ Curator of Horticulture, Julianna Razryadov..

Tues., Aug. 20:

Wed., Aug. 21:

  • Member Double Discount Days  |  9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
    Cardholding members can visit The Shop at Phipps on these two dates to get double discounts on select Phipps memorabilia and other very exciting gifts.
  • 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.
  • Create a Backyard Water Garden  |  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  | R.S.V.P. required 
    Water gardens provide tranquility and beauty to the homeowner and can serve as a valuable resource for wildlife. Learn the essentials for appropriate siting, installation, planting and maintenance. Landscape and Garden Design elective.

Thurs., Aug. 22:  

  • Story Time Thursdays  |  10:30 a.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics. 
  • Member Evening Tours  |  6 — 7:15 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required 
    Enjoy an exclusive evening tour of Phipps! R.S.V.P. is required and space is limited — email members@phipps.conservatory.org with your requested tour date, member ID number and the number of adults and children in your party.

Fri., Aug. 23: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home. 
  • Friday Extended Hours  |  Open until 10 p.m.
    Enjoy the gardens by twilight — it's the perfect way to wind down the week!

Sat., Aug. 24:

  • Gorgeous Greens in Watercolor  |  9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Plants often have a wide variety of beautiful greens and it can be challenging to represent these different colors accurately. Learn how to assess the differences in the greens of plants by observing their subtle variations in hue, value and intensity. Practice painting different greens through a series of watercolor mixing exercises and then apply this information to an illustration of a single leaf or of multiple specimens. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.
  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is now open for you to discover.
  • Essential Oils  |  1– 3 p.m.
    Discover the uses and benefits of essential oils with Deb Bosco.

Sun., Aug. 25:

  • Tomato and Garlic Day  |  11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
    Visit Phipps to celebrate the delicious, fresh and healthy foods of the summer season at our 15th annual Tomato and Garlic Day! Join us on our front lawn to shop for tasty foods including fresh fruits, vegetables, garlic, olive oils, pastas and a variety of specialty goods from area vendors. Plus, make a donation of fresh produce to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to receive free Conservatory admission. 
  • Tomato and Garlic Day: From Garden to Café with Café Phipps  |  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Get a behind the scenes look with Café Phipps. The journey from garden to table is one of our strongest connections to the natural world — and delicious, homegrown produce can really transform family eating habits. Watch as our café team turns a garden harvest into delicious fresh sauce utilizing sustainable practices and minimizing waste.
  • Tomato and Garlic Day: Fresh Sauce with Chef James Kaufmann  |  1 - 2 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required 
    Join Chef James Kaufmann in the kitchen for a fresh and chunky sauce demo. Take full advantage of summer’s bounty by learning to make a fresh tomato and garlic sauce with fresh basil pesto. All recipes are vegan and gluten free.
  • Welcoming the Fall Season with a Lovely Natural Dried Arrangement  |  1:30 – 3 p.m.
    Learn how to make natural dried arrangements with Lorrie Easudes. 
  • Tomato and Garlic Day: Salsa Demo with Salsa Sam  |  2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Learn how to make your very own salsa creation with help from Salsa Sam’s Eatery. Featured at local farmer’s markets, Salsa Sam and his family are known for their Southern California flavor and fresh and local ingredients. Come find out what it takes to take your salsa to the next level!

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman