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This Week at Phipps: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2
Jan 27

This Week at Phipps: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2

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: 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. 27:

  • 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. 
  • Bridal Work  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Discover the potential of wedding arrangements, bouquets, flower preparation, basing materials, and mechanical techniques and styles. Plus, learn how to pack and transport bridal work and how to set up for and service weddings.

Wed., Jan. 29:

  • 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. 30: 

  • Vegetarian Indian Series: Basic Souther Indian Cooking  |  6 – 9 p.m.
    Join Jayashree Iyengar as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Expand your culinary skill set with Basic Southern Indian Cooking. Substitutions may occur based on availability. Registration for this class is now closed. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Basic Southern Indian Cooking class.

Fri., Jan. 31:

Sat., Feb. 1:

  • Healthy Eating for Kids  |  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Learn how to implement healthy foods into your child's diet with Let's Move Pittsburgh! 
  • Sneaky Seductive Orchids |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Learn about orchid traits in this free with admission public program! 

Sun., Feb. 2:

  • Tropical Sundays  |  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Take 50% off admission every Sunday in February when you wear a tropical-inspired shirt to Phipps.
  • Orchid Reporting |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Learn how to record different aspects of orchids in this free with admission public program! 

Photos © Phil Johnson II