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This Week at Phipps: Feb. 15 – 21
Feb 15

This Week at Phipps: Feb. 15 – 21

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: A Splash of Brilliance
    Opening Sat., Jan. 23, the all new Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance showcases the beautiful specimens of two of Phipps’ renowned collections in immersive, vibrant displays.
  • Garden Railroad: Rails and Trails
    Phipps' new miniature railroad display Rails and Trails invites you and your family to join our miniature friends as they enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in Phipps’ Biophilia Park. Featuring a pontoon boat cruising along a lake, an audience enjoying a concert at a band shell and all-new touchless interactive features, this exhibit is sure to delight guests of all ages. 
  • Ikebana International Exhibit
    The Ikebana International Pittsburgh Chapter consists of floral arrangements from five schools of ikebana design: Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Keika-Kazan, Ohara and Sogetsu. These displays make for the perfect introduction to Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance.
  • 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.
  • Wild About Geometry: A Virtual Youth Art Exhibit
    This exhibit features artwork made by area middle school students participating in the Phipps Fairchild Challenge. In this challenge titled Wild About Geometry, students discovered geometric shapes and repetitions in nature.

Mon., Feb. 15:

  • Hiding Hives | 9:30  – 10:30 a.m.
    Where do bees hide during the winter? Learn about bright buzzing bees and explore the centers of flowers.
  • Fermentation Frenzy: Water Kefir and Wild Soda | 7 – 8:15 p.m.
    There are so many ways to make fun fermented beverages beyond kombucha. This class explores the possibilities with water kefir, a starter culture made up of tiny crystal-like structures, and wild soda by utilizing wild yeast on fruit. Learn about creative flavorings and find confidence in turning nearly anything into a carbonated beverage!

Wed., Feb. 17:

  • 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!
  • Bud Burst Ballet | 5 – 6 p.m.
    Spring is right around the corner! Celebrate the coming of a new season while enjoying creative movement and learning basic ballet terminology and movements in a positive and fun environment. Practice and show off your new skills by learning a colorful spring-themed dance!
  • Phipps Cooking School: The Plant-Forward Kitchen | 6 – 8 p.m.
    Learn how plant-forward cooking is a healthy and sustainable choice. Learn knife safety and basic knife cuts to make tasty stir-fried vegetables and tofu over quinoa.

Thurs., Feb. 18:

  • Cooking as a Family: Gnocchi and Marinara Sauce | 6  – 7:30 p.m.
    This class is designed so that family members ages 3+ can get involved in the kitchen, and will be fun for all ages! Featuring meals the whole family will love, these recipes are filled with satisfying hands-on moments, like squishing dough, mixing batters and simmering sauces. Aprons are recommended!

Fri., Feb. 19:

Sat., Feb. 20:

  • History of Botanical Art |  1 – 4 p.m.
    Explore the history of botanical art from its earliest beginnings in herbals through present-day contemporary works. The class includes a presentation from the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of botanical art and illustration. You will have the opportunity to study some of the rare books and original paintings and drawings by artists such as Pierre-Joseph Rédout, George Ehret and Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden. You will be responsible for writing a research report on a selected botanical artist.

Photos © Phil Johnson II