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This Week at Phipps: Feb. 10 – 16
Feb 10

This Week at Phipps: Feb. 10 – 16

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:

  • Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World  
    Blast off into a galaxy of garden goodness in this stellar new show as you enjoy the colors and shapes of hundreds of otherworldly orchids and our cosmic collection of tropical bonsai.
  • Garden Railroad: Farms, Food and Family 
    Discover farms that impact our daily lives in our fun and family-friendly Garden Railroad. 
  • Ikebana and Suiseki: Welcome Center Art Exhibit
    In this new exhibit in our Welcome Center Gallery, view Ikebana flower arrangements and suiseki, Japanese viewing stones. 
  • Wish You Were Here: A Youth Art Exhibition 
    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, enjoy a series of paintings by participating Fairchild Challenge high school students. 
  • 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., Feb. 10:

  • Make-a-Craft Monday  |  10 a.m. – noon
    Create your very own Phipps masterpiece!  On Make-a-Craft Mondays, children are invited to engage in nature-themed arts-and-crafts projects. 
  • History of Landscape Design  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    A garden’s form and the sense of place it creates can only fully be understood by studying the culture and individuals who brought it into existence. Learn to apply knowledge of garden history in evaluating today’s materials and spaces.

Wed., Feb. 12:

  • Story Time Wednesday  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Come to Phipps for story time among the flowers. Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.
  • Fermentation Series: Advanced Fermented Vegetables  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Dive deeper into the realm of preserved vegetables by learning about brines, pickles and preserving whole vegetables through lacto-fermentation. Explore how different cultures preserve vegetables and understand when to best use dry-salt versus brine methods of preservation. You will go home with a few different jars to ferment at home.

Thurs., Feb. 13: 

  • Love Potions and Aphrodisiacs  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Step into the kitchen with Jessica Graves for a saucy class! We’ll be turning up the heat as we create chocolates, elixirs and other delectable light fare — all infused with herbs known for their aphrodisiac qualities. Getting ready for Valentine’s Day couldn’t be more delicious!

Fri., Feb. 14:

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.

Sat., Feb. 15:

  • Meet a Scientist |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Meet one of Phipps' Science Communications Fellows and learn about their research in this free with admission public program! 

Sun., Feb. 16:

  • Tropical Sundays  |  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Take 50% off admission every Sunday in February when you wear a tropical-inspired shirt to Phipps.
  • Digital Photography  |  9:30 a.m. – noon
    Explore different aspects of photography through the use of a digital camera. Topics to be covered include digital workflow, camera settings, composition, image transfer and viewing preparation. Subjects like white balance, jpeg versus raw formats, and histograms will be demystified so that they can be used as reliable tools. As you practice, you will receive instructor feedback on weekly photographic assignments. People with all levels of experience are welcome.
  • Bonsai |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Learn about the bonsai being showcased in Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World during this free with admission public program! 

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