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This Week at Phipps: Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
Aug 27

This Week at Phipps: Aug. 27 – Sept. 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:

  • Last Chance: Butterfly Forest  |  Ends Mon., Sept. 3
    Delight in our fluttering pollinator friends and their favorite blooms in the final week of this breathtaking exhibit!
  • Summer Flower Show: Gardens of Sound and Motion 
    Featuring contemporary installations by artists from Pittsburgh and beyond, this unique new show immerses you in a colorful world of eye-catching, interactive art, music and sounds.
  • Member Appreciation Month
    Join us for our Member Double Discount Day in the Gift Shop on Tues., Aug 28.
  • 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!
  • Natives for Your Garden: A Botanical Art Exhibit
    Stop by the Phipps Welcome Center to see our latest botanical art exhibit, “Natives for Your Garden,” featuring plants native to southwestern Pennsylvania that you may recognize from your own backyard!
  • Petals and Pollinators: A Youth Art Exhibition
    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, enjoy multimedia artworks depicting fictional flowers and their co-evolution with specific pollinators as created by middle and high school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge environmental competition.

Mon., Aug. 27:

  • Make-a-Craft Mondays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Create your very own Phipps masterpiece! Every Monday, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.

Tues., Aug. 28:

  • Member Double Discount Day  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Cardholding members can visit The Shop at Phipps this Tuesday to get double discounts on select Phipps memorabilia and other very exciting gifts.

Wed., Aug. 29:

  • 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.
  • Botany for Gardeners  |  7 – 9 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Kick off this seven-part weekly course series connecting good gardening practice with the science that supports it.

Thurs., Aug. 30: 

  • 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.

Fri., Aug. 31: 

Sat., Sept. 1:

  • Healthy Eating for Kids  |  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Get healthy eating and activity tips from Let's Move Pittsburgh.
  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m . – 3 p.m.
    Phipps' revolutionary non-toxic Nature Lab is now open for you to discover.
  • Plant Diversity  |  1:30 p.m.
    Learn about the importance of plant diversity in your garden plan.

Sun., Sept. 2:

  • Papermaking  |  1:30 p.m.
    Learn how craft paper can be made from plant and other organic materials.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman