This Week at Phipps: Jan. 16 – 22
Jan 16

This Week at Phipps: Jan. 16 – 22

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: Origin Stories
    Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Origin Stories is an experience filled with captivating displays of colorful orchids and exquisitely trained tropical bonsai specimens guide you through the origins of these fascinating plants.
  •  BiblioBotany: The Work of Lisa Meek
    In our Welcome Center Gallery, Phipps is pleased to host the BiblioBotany sculptures of Lisa Meek who looks for symbolism in each page and flower she uses to encourage people to process ideas in new ways.
  • Garden Railroad: Our National Parks
    Garden Railroad: Our National Parks pulls into the station with miniature recreations of the beautiful National Parks of the United States, bustling with chugging trains and filled with live plants.
  • Tropical Forest Hawai‘i: Aloha ‘Aina
    Tropical Forest Hawai‘i: Aloha ‘Aina invites guests to take an exciting, immersive journey through the rich history, nature and culture of the Hawaiian archipelago. 
  • 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.

Tues., Jan. 17:

  • Developing Botanical Perspective to Create Depth | 6 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Learn how to study and draw the various perspective techniques used to create depth. Use foreshortening, shadows and highlights to achieve a highly accurate and convincing botanical drawing, working with guided practice handouts, 2D photographs and 3D botanical specimens.

Wed., Jan. 18:

  • In-Person Story Time | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Kids will love visiting Phipps to listen to our storyteller weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics. Attend weekly sessions with a special child in your life!
  • Flowers, Jewels and Gold | 9:30 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.
    In this class we’ll explore the medieval and renaissance decorative art featuring flowers, insects, and gems on golden borders, and then students will create their own designs.
  • Botanical Drawing I | 6 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective.
  • Bouquet Design Series: Traditional Bouquet | 6:30 p.m. –  8 p.m
    In this hands-on workshop, students will construct and arrange one of the most classic bouquet styles, a traditional tight bouquet, while becoming familiar with commonly used tools and flowers.
  • Landscape Design I: Landscape Graphics | 6:30 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Learn how to be able to use acceptable freehand and drafting techniques that will produce legible landscape drawings for designs that do not exist yet.

Thurs., Jan. 19:

  • Comfort Foods: Homemade Swedish Meatballs | 6 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Tis the season of comfort foods! Escape the cold and turn up the heat while learning how to make staple comfort foods with Chef Rachel.We’ll start with learning roasting techniques with seasonal ingredients and the secrets to perfect meatballs.
  • Watercolor Materials: Paper, Brushes, Pigments and Charts | 6 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    We will learn about different aspects of these materials to understand how to use them in your paintings and which qualities to look for when purchasing new materials. We will also be creating helpful watercolor charts
  • House Plants 101 | 7 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Whether you just bought your first plant or can’t decide, join this fast and fun overview of how to care for houseplants. All the fundamentals are covered, including sensible plant selection for your lighting conditions, watering, fertilizing, grooming, and troubleshooting.

Sat., Jan. 21:

  • Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | 9:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m.
    Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective.

Sun., Jan. 22:

  • Reduction Block Printing with Botanical Imagery | 2 p.m. –  5 p.m.
    This course will take you through the process of creating a print using the reduction block printing method in which part of the plate is carved away then printed, more of the plate is carved away and printed and so on working from the lightest color to the darkest.


Photo ©  Paul g. Wiegman