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This Week at Phipps: July 12 – 18
Jul 12

This Week at Phipps: July 12 – 18

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:

  • Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls
    Featuring one-of-a-kind displays of trolls inspired by the mythological creatures found in folklore and pop culture, this immersive, interactive exhibit is unlike anything Phipps has displayed before.
  • Celebrating John Bauer, Painter of Trolls
    In association with Jönköpings Läns Museum, Phipps presents selected works of John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator who focused on landscapes and mythology.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba 
    Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive Tropical Forest exhibit.
  • 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.

Mon., July 12: 

  • Fermented Beverages: Kombucha and Water Kefir | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    There’s nothing like a bubbly probiotic beverage to quench your thirst and add flavorful microbes to your gut flora. Learn the basics for fermenting your own kombucha and water kefir at home. Participants will be guided through the process of using starter cultures through lecture, taste and hands-on experience. 

Tues., July 13: 

  • Backyard Composting Workshop | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Are you unsure what to do with your kitchen, garden and yard scraps? Would you like natural, home-made compost for your lawns and gardens in the spring? Join us for this information-packed webinar where you’ll learn best practices for backyard composting and get all of your composting questions answered.
  • Floral Necklace Art | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Learn several wire techniques to create an artistic armature in which to attach various flowers and botanicals. Discussions will include proper tools, types of wire, materials and types of flowers best suited to staying fresh without a water source and proper material positioning.

Wed., July 14:

  • The Hidden Life of Trolls Series | 10 – 10:45 a.m.
    Surprises await upon every turn in Phipps’ new Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls! In a storybook adventure, let’s jump, hop and skip with Fen and Ivy, the friendly troll mascots of the show who have a lot of energy. Enjoy a 45-minute engaging movement adventure filled with exercise, surprises and magical friends.
  • 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!
  • SciTALK Series | 4 – 5 p.m.
    There are so many possibilities in the world of science! Each week in this series, teens will meet two scientists from different fields to talk about research, career paths, schools and what life is like as a scientist.

Thurs., July 15:

  • Virtual Peek Behind the Petals | 7 p.m.
    Join us for a member-exclusive virtual presentation of Peek Behind the Petals, featuring the staff who brought the magical displays of Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls to life! You’ll discover how this colorful cast of characters were created, the inspiration behind the show and much more.
  • History of Roman and Italian Gardens | 7 – 9 p.m.
    With their foundations in ancient Rome, Italian gardens flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beginning in Roman antiquity, examine the design of private outdoor spaces through the Baroque period as influenced by the geographic and social characteristics unique to the Apennine Peninsula. Using numerous drawings and photographs, visually tour several villas that represent significant changes in style and design philosophies, from the initial gardens of Roman emperors to those of wealthy merchants and religious leaders.

Fri., July 16: 

  • Watercolor on Vellum Summer Berries | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Summer brings beautiful berries, and they make great paintings. After a brief discussion of vellum and its characteristics, artists will transfer their drawings of berry bunches to vellum. Through discussion, demonstration, and practice artists will learn effective drybrush techniques on vellum. Conveying berry shapes and surface color, as well as bloom if present, will be demonstrated and practiced. Each participant will have a substantially advanced or completed painting by the end of the second day.
  • Virtual Environmental Film Series | 8 p.m. ET; 5 p.m. PT
    Join us as we discuss the film, Gather. Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Sat., July 17:

  • Colored Pencil Florals on Black Paper I, II and III | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Colored pencil drawings are traditionally applied to white or light, neutral-colored papers, but some subjects — such as night blooming flowers — can be much more effective against very dark backgrounds. Those backgrounds can be difficult (and labor intensive) to achieve with colored pencil. Discuss colored pencil opacity and explore key techniques for using colored pencil on black and very dark-colored surfaces to keep colors true and luminous.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman