This Week at Phipps: Jan. 20 – 26
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.
- 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., Jan. 20:
- 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.
Tues., Jan. 21:
- Tree and Shrub Maintenance | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn the basics of arboriculture as we cover tree biology, plant selection, site preparation, planting, pruning, fertilization, and diagnosis and control of insect and disease problems. Plus, attend a hands-on field session in Mellon Park.
Wed., Jan. 22:
- 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.
Thurs., Jan. 23
- Local Farmer: Pulled Pork | 6 – 9 p.m.
Take your pulled pork recipe to the next level with help from Mark Snyder and Fallen Aspen Farms. Explore three very different regional styles of pulled pork: Memphis, Carolina and Texas. This evening’s pork will be sourced from Fallen Aspen Farm, a sustainable farm located just 50 miles from Pittsburgh.
Fri., Jan. 24:
- Pot-a-Plant Friday | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
Sat., Jan. 25:
- What is an Orchid? | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Learn about orchids in this free with admission public program!
- Festive Nights of Winter Lights | 5 – 10 p.m.
Enjoy another walk in the glow of our breathtaking Winter Light Garden displays on Friday and Saturday nights!
- Gluten Free Date Night: Almond Herbed Cheese Bruschetta and Salad | 6 – 8 p.m.
Learn how to make dairy-free cheese, gluten free baguette and a fresh spring salad. We will turn the fresh baguette into a toasted bruschetta for our fresh cheese. All items will be gluten free and naturally vegan. This will be a hands-on class.
Sun., Jan. 26:
- Beauty and the Ballet | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. *NOTE: 11 a.m. session is sold out
Children are invited to join the star of "Beauty and the Beast" for a fun family creative movement class!
- Bonsai | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Learn about different types of bonsai in this free with admission public program!
Photos © Phipps Staff