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This Week at Phipps: Feb. 22 – 28
Feb 22

This Week at Phipps: Feb. 22 – 28

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. 22:

  • Colors of Spring | 9:30  – 10:30 a.m.
    Explore the many colors of early blooms like hellebores, hyacinths and crocuses. Discover the rainbow in spring’s landscape as nature begins to awaken!

Tues., Feb. 23:

  • One Health One Planet Update: Chemicals of Concern Revisited | 2 p.m. ET; 11 a.m. PT
    Shanna H. Swan, Ph.D., M.S., will discuss findings from her new book, Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race, while Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., will discuss his latest studies on the effects of chemicals on the genetic sex differentiation of animals.

Wed., Feb. 24:

  • 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!
  • History of Colonial American Gardens | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    When Europeans first began colonizing North America, they brought gardening traditions from their homeland with them. Explore how these cultural styles were modified to fit the differences in the landscapes of North America by selecting different plants or blending elements to produce practical or pleasurable gardens. Compare the designs from different regions to see how some of these elements and values are still present in our gardens today.

Thurs., Feb. 25:

  • Veganism and BIPOC Communities: A Focus on Inclusive Wellness and Social Justice | noon – 1 p.m.
    Learn about the experiences of BIPOC-identified individuals engaging in a vegan lifestyle, with a particular focus on being resilient, coping with systemic inequities and building community.
  • Fresh Ideas for Arranging with Roses | 7  – 8:30 p.m.
    Love roses, but tired of the same old standard bouquets? Roses lend themselves well in many design styles. Explore a variety of ways to feature these beautiful blooms in arrangements around your home and make a design of your own for your home or to give as a gift.

Sat., Feb. 27:

  • Watercolor II: Applications | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Build upon your knowledge from Watercolor I to learn additional techniques used in transparent watercolor. Practice manipulating watercolor using different brushes and papers, plus discover some new colors and techniques for mixing colors. Apply your new skills to studies of plant forms, including a final project that demonstrates your control of watercolor techniques for an accurate rendering of botanical forms. 
  • Introduction to Smartphone Photography | 10 a.m. – noon
    Learn how to make better photos with your phone. Discover how to get the most out of your smartphone’s camera and learn what to do with your photos once you’ve taken them. Learn about exposure, composition, your phone's limitations and advantages, and more. All are welcome.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman