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This Week at Phipps: Aug. 23 – 29
Aug 23

This Week at Phipps: Aug. 23 – 29

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.

Mon., Aug. 23:

  • Season Extension: Wickets, Hoops and Tunnels | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Just because the temperature is going to drop doesn't mean you have to close up the garden! There are many cost-effective ways to extend the season using D.I.Y. season extension tools like wickets, hoops and tunnels. We'll discuss how to select the right crops for late-season production, which season-extension strategies are right for you and how to make your own season extension tools with off-the-shelf materials and basic tools. 

Tues., Aug. 24: 

  • Preserving the Season: Tomatoes | 7 – 8 p.m. 
    Tomatoes are the number one vegetable grown in America and are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Preserve tomatoes now and enjoy them all winter long. Discuss the basics of tomato preservation and learn how to safely process tomatoes using research-based methods of drying, freezing and hot water bath canning. Discover the benefits and drawbacks of each method. Demonstrations will include making salsa and another fun spicy sauce. 

Wed., Aug. 25:

  • 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!

Thurs., Aug. 26:

  • 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.

Sat., Aug. 28:

  • 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. 29: 

  • Botanical Collections | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    All of us have jars and drawers filled with little treasures collected on our walks, or while tending our gardens. Create a collection painting with your favorite items! Feathers, shells, leaves, twigs, rocks or acorns — what treasures do you have hidden away? Pull them out and depict special arrangements of your finds in colored pencil, watercolor or mixed media

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman