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This Week at Phipps: July 13 – 19
Jul 13

This Week at Phipps: July 13 – 19

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: Back in Bloom
    Phipps invites you back to our glasshouse and gardens to find joy, refreshment and tranquility at Summer Flower Show: Back in Bloom.
  • The Photographs of Donald M. Robinson
    In this series in our Welcome Center Gallery, photographer Donald M. Robinson highlights the ever-changing nature of light and wildlife found throughout Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • 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 13:

  • Using Your Camera as a Garden Design Tool | 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    You see your garden every day, but do you really see it? Do you have areas that don’t work, but you don’t know why? See your garden through a photographer’s eyes and apply simple formulas that will change the way you view your garden and give you insight on planting and design.

  • Italian Cuisine at Home: Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage and Rapini | 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    Learn to cook the Italian way right from your very own home. Join us on Zoom for a live cooking class with Chef Justin Melnick. We’ll send you the grocery list prior so you can cook-along with us and have dinner on the table by 6:30!

Tues., July 14:

  • Lunch and Learn: Fresh Summertime Salads: Caesar Salad | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Jump into summer with us and join in learning refreshing salads to cool down those hot summer days! Join Mark live on Zoom every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. with this Lunch and Learn series.
  • 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, learn best practices for backyard composting, and get all of your composting questions answered. 

Wed., July 15:

  • 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!
  • Botanical Art Lunch and Learn: Wall of Birds at Cornell University Lab | noon – 1 p.m.
    Join Phipps Botanical Art instructors and staff for informal lunchtime Zoom discussions and/or presentations on diverse botanical art related themes. Share interests such as favorite botanical artists and their impact on the field, various drawing or painting techniques, personal experiences and motivations, reports from conferences and workshops, local botanical art resources, and questions about anything tangentially related to botanical art and its production. Bring your curiosity and be prepared to learn in a collaborative environment. Topics and speakers will vary by week.
  • Vegetarian Nutrition Part 1 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Are you interested in leading a plant-based lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start? Come join Registered Dietitian and Let’s Move Pittsburgh Coordinator Maris Altieri in a two part vegetarian nutrition series. In Part 1, we will be talking about what constitutes a “plant-based” diet, common myths, vegan/vegetarian protein sources, and omega-3s.

Thurs., July 16:

  • Getting to Know Your Garden: Nightshades Edition | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    This hands on cooking class will take an in-depth look at vegetables in the nightshade family. We will create a full meal, starting with roasted red pepper baba ganoush. Our main will be rice stuffed tomatoes. And as an unexpected dessert, we will turn potatoes into chocolate truffles!

Fri., July 17:

  • Virtual Environmental Film Series: Microplastic Madness | 8 p.m.
    Join us for a virtual screening of Microplastic Madness followed by a virtual discussion with Fairchild Challenge participants on Fri., July 17 at 8 p.m. This film is suitable for children ages 10 and up. Please note that the film will only be available to view from 2 – 8 p.m. on Fri., July 17. 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman