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This Week at Phipps: July 27 – Aug. 2
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This Week at Phipps: July 27 – Aug. 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:

  • 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 27:

Tues., July 28:

  • Pollinator Power Virtual Summer Camp | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Pollination helps our world grow! Learn about some of our favorite pollinator pairs and how they get the job done.
  • Lunch and Learn: Fresh Summertime Salads: Cobb 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.
  • Transparent Suspense | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    A snapshot of the direction where floral design is headed. Be inspired and discover the trend to infuse see through elements such as floating glass and water vials into a variety of displays. The instructor will show structures that support hanging elements in floral design. This unique offering will feature a range of mechanics and materials to achieve these designs.

Wed., July 29:

  • Pollinator Power Virtual Summer Camp | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Pollination helps our world grow! Learn about some of our favorite pollinator pairs and how they get the job done.
  • Virtual Summer Short Course | 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Join Phipps and Penn State Extension virtually for a full day of learning about gardening for pollinators with Heather Holm and guests Emily Erickson and Dr. Ryan Gott.
  • 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!
  • Mindful Eating | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    We stress eat for a lot of different reasons. Financial instability, family tension, stress at work, food insecurity, institutionalized racism...the list goes on and on! With the threat of coronavirus hovering over our heads, we may find ourselves in a particularly stressful state. Mindful Eating can help navigate urges to stress eat. It involves supporting autonomy around food choices, and encourages people to connect to and trust their own inner wisdom to make decisions of what, when, and how much to eat. Attend this class to learn about how to add mindful eating to your daily routine.

Thurs., July 30:

  • Pollinator Power Virtual Summer Camp | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Pollination helps our world grow! Learn about some of our favorite pollinator pairs and how they get the job done.
  • Getting to Know Your Garden: Three Sisters Edition | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    Join us as we explore the planting combination of squash, corn and beans that has its roots in Native American culture and legend. Not only do they work well together agriculturally, they also work well together nutritionally and culinary. We will be embracing a modern treatment of the three sisters with fresh corn cakes, caramelized squash and creamy bean puree.
  • Advanced Bouquet Series: European Hand Wired Wedding Bouquets | 7 – 9 p.m.
    In this class, students will learn more advanced techniques for creating bouquets such as hand wired bouquets, making armatures for creating European flavored bouquets, fantasy composite bouquets and alternative bridal bouquets.  Students are encouraged to seek out local flower farms and yard forage for product. A general list of supplies and flowers will be given so that the student has a chance to source material.

Fri., July 31: 

Sat., Aug. 1:

  • 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., Aug. 2:

  • 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 © Phil Johnson II