This Week at Phipps: July 2 – July 8
Jul 02

This Week at Phipps: July 2 – July 8

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: Gardens of Sound and Motion 
    Featuring contemporary installations by artists from Pittsburgh and beyond, this unique new show immerses you in a colorful world of eye-catching, interactive art, music and sounds.
  • Butterfly Forest
    Celebrate with us and delight in the return of our fluttering pollinator friends and their favorite blooms on the opening of this breathtaking exhibit!
  • 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!
  • Cub'Art
    On display in our Welcome Center gallery, this new exhibition, presented in partnership with Christine Fréchard Gallery, features the work of four Cuban artists who cite nature as a primary influence in their work.

Mon., July 2:

  • Make-a-Craft Mondays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Create your very own Phipps masterpiece! Every Monday, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.

Wed., July 4:

  • Story Time Wednesdays  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.

Thurs., July 5: 

  • Story Time Thursdays  |  10:30 a.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh  |  6 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Join us on Thurs., July 5 for a discussion on the storied past of Meadowcroft Rockshelter. In this illustrated talk, Meadowcroft Rockshelter Director David Scofield will share the story of the discovery of this National Historic Landmark and discuss the significance of the evidence uncovered during the archaeological excavations, including what that evidence teaches us about the lives of the Upper Ohio Valley’s prehistoric people and the natural resources that sustained them.  

Fri., July 6: 

Sat., July 7:

  • Lilies, Lilies, Lilies |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    In this Botanical Art and Illustration Adult Education Class, choose your lily, create the composition and complete the rendering of a botanically correct illustration of the plant and flower. 
  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Phipps' revolutionary non-toxic Nature Lab is now open for you to discover.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba Festival |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Join us for a full day of fun activities for all ages at our Tropical Forest Cuba Festival, featuring entertainment, food and more inspired by one of the world's most botanically and culturally rich forest regions. 

Sun., July 8:

  • Origami |  12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Join the Origami Club of Pittsburgh for a class about the art of folded paper sculpture, free with admission. 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman