This Week at Phipps: Feb. 13 – 19
Feb 13

This Week at Phipps: Feb. 13 – 19

By Phipps Conservatory

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
    Escape to tropical paradise with the spectacular sight of vibrant and gorgeously varied orchids, and see unique intricately cultivated selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
  • Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh
    For Pittsburgh's bicentennial, ten miniature railroad snapshots of different time periods in city history are brought to life with interactive stations that adults and children will delight in. Visitors can turn a hand crank to elevate the Duquesne Incline or push a button to send Three Rivers Stadium into raucous applause and illumination as the Buccos play ball. 
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive
    Switch your home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!
  • Learning for a Greener Future: A Youth Art Exhibition
    In the CSL Green Gallery, enjoy artistic photos of Phipps taken by high school students from the Learning for a Greener Future internship program.
  • The Art of Bonsai: Photographs
    In the Welcome Center Gallery, the traditional styles of bonsai are exhibited and explained through stark, highly detailed photography.
  • Tropical Forest Congo
    Explore some of Africa’s lushest landscapes and see botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps.

Mon., Feb. 13:

  • 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., Feb. 14:

  • ABC Nature and Me: F is for Farming  |  9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    In each installment of the ABC Nature and Me series, kids ages 3 – 6 will connect with nature in the greenest classroom in the ‘Burgh, learn the sounds each letter makes and practice handwriting.

Wed., Feb. 15:

  • 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.

Fri., Feb. 17:

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Every Friday, children are introduced to the important connections between people, plants and the planet by potting their own fun plants to take home.
  • Environmental Film Series: Bringing it Home  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Join the designer of “America’s First Hemp House" on his mission to find the healthiest building materials to construct a safe environment for his daughter, who has chemical sensitivities. Post-film conversation will be led byWalnut Hill Farms Proprietor Michael Kovach, who will share firsthand knowledge about the benefits of chemical-free farming.  
  • Have dinner at Café Phipps through 7 p.m.!
  • Enjoy the Conservatory by twilight; we're open until 10 p.m.!

Sat., Feb. 18:

  • Tropical Forest Congo Festival  |  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Join us for a celebration of the culture and plants of the Congo! Participate in activities, enjoy live entertainment, and savor fruit samples from Café Phipps. This event is free with admission to the conservatory.
  • SEED Classroom and Observational Beehive Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Phipps' revolutionary non-toxic SEED Classroom and observational beehive are now open for you to discover. Drop in! 
  • Tree and Shrub Pruning  |  1 – 4 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Learn the essentials for proper small tree and shrub pruning in this hands-on class at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park. 

Sun., Feb. 19:

  • 5-2-1-0 Day  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Calling all kids! Join us for a day of good health and great fun at 5-2-1-0 Day, a celebration of our new effort to reinforce healthy lifestyle choices that benefit local kids.
  • Tropical Sundays  |  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees each Sunday during the month of February.
  • Orchid Repotting 101  |  1:30 p.m.
    Learn the basics of repotting orchids.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman