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This Week at Phipps: July 20 – 26
Jul 20

This Week at Phipps: July 20 – 26

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 20:

  • Italian Cuisine at Home: Linguini alle Vongole with Fresh Clams | 5 – 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!
  • Diagnosing Plant Problems | 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    What is killing my tomato plants? Are the bumps on my maple tree caused by a bug? Insects, diseases and environmental problems are a gardener’s puzzle. This course is a basic introduction to all of these problems, as well as how to control pests through integrated pest management (IPM) and protect plants through plant health care (PHC).

Tues., July 21:

  • Lunch and Learn: Fresh Summertime Salads: Waldorf 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 Entomology | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    The most familiar insects to you are probably those right around your own home. Get to know them better and learn to appreciate insects of all kinds in this introduction to pests, beneficial insects and entomology (the study of arthropods). Learn about the amazing creatures that live right in your own backyard!

Wed., July 22:

  • 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!
  • Behind the Scenes with a Botanical Art Instructor | 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. 
  • Vegetarian Nutrition Part 2 | 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 2, we will discuss key vitamins and minerals, nutrient adequacy and recipe substitutions. 
  • Mexican Made Easy: Vegetable Fajitas | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    We will explore the regions of Mexican cuisine and study their distinguishing features. We will roll our own tortillas (both flour and corn) prepare some vegetable fajitas. We will also make Elote (Mexican street corn).

Thurs., July 23:

  • Getting to Know Your Garden: Herbs Edition | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    'Tis the season of bountiful herbs, let’s put those beautiful plants to work. This class will focus on green sauces from around the world. Chimichurri from Argentina, Chermoula from Morocco, Green Chutney from India, and Pistou from France.

Sat., July 25

  • Colored Pencil Florals on Black Paper I and II | 12:30 – 1 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, and those backgrounds can be difficult (and labor-intensive!) to work with using 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. Students who have previously taken the first level of this class may register for the second level, where the focus will be on working directly from a botanical specimen chosen by student. Projects completed in this class will be due on a future date to be announced rather than within the two weeks of actual class time.

Sun., July 26

  • Drawing Mushrooms | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Use graphite, washes and inks to draw a variety of mushrooms. Plus, learn a short history of mushrooms and their place in botanical art and illustration.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman