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This Week at Phipps: June 22 – 28
Jun 22

This Week at Phipps: June 22 – 28

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., June 22: 

  • Low Carb Bread | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    No knead to leave the house for tasty bread. Don’t let making bread at home intimidate you! Join Mark live on Zoom every Monday at 12:30 p.m. with this Lunch and Learn series. This month we’re covering biscuits, baguettes, gluten free breads and more!
  • Italian Cuisine at Home: Pork Tenderloin | 5 – 6:30 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., June 23:

  • Lunch and Learn: Cafe Phipps: Vegetable Quesadillas | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Whip up a taste of Phipps every Tuesday with the head chefs of Café Phipps. Chef Amy and Chef Chris will demonstrate and share their very own recipes with us. You can expect fresh, flavorful meals using a variety of ingredients.
  • Fairy Gardens | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Learn the basics of putting together your very own fairy garden. Learn what kinds of plants to use and which to avoid, what kind of soil and stones to use, and how to place the fairy items and plants to make a pleasing design. This class will include a demo and optional hands-on component. A supply list will be sent before class.

Wed., June 24:

  • 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!
  • The Power of Seeds and Healthful Eats | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Magnesium, ALA Omega-3s and protein are just a few of the nutrients seeds have to offer us. Learn about the health benefits of nuts and seeds as well as exploring some popular food myths about healthy fats with Registered Dietitian and Let's Move Pittsburgh Coordinator Maris Altieri. 
  • Summer Chicken Chili | 2 – 2:30 p.m.
    Slow cookers aren’t just for winter soups and stews! Pull out your slow cooker and join Mark every week for a new slow cooker technique and accompanying recipes for any season. We’ll start with some of the basics in week one and cover cooking methods for a variety of food groups throughout the series.
  • Creating Beautiful Garden Videos at Home | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    Learn how to take great videos of your garden, do simple edits, and share with friends or feature them on your own YouTube garden channel. Get some tips on using your smart phone’s camera settings, stabilization and framing, free or low cost apps for a professional look, and using YouTube’s Creator tools if you want to share your finished work.

Thurs., June 25:

  • South American Ceviche | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    Join Chef Emily in her kitchen as she walks you through creating delicious meals exactly suited to your taste with flavors and techniques from around the world.  Each lesson will focus on a meal that can be easily modified with your favorite vegetables, proteins and flavors to create something that is uniquely yours and make you confident in your culinary repertoire.
  • A Garden By Moonlight | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Learn to combine flowers, scents and garden accessories to create an atmosphere of calm and beauty in the evening. White and evening gardens have a long history that you can learn from. Plus get some tips on effective yet unobtrusive modern outdoor lighting.

Fri., June 26:

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.

Sat., June 27:

  • Drawing Deciduous Trees | 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Students will study the various parts of a tree that are used by foresters and scientists to identify trees. Our goal will be to choose a native tree to our area to illustrate for a final project.
  • Pollinators 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Including pollinators in your botanical illustrations adds beautiful dimension and highlights the essential creatures without which the plants wouldn’t exist! Learn how to accurately illustrate bees and butterflies through careful study and execution as Phipps’ Associate Director of Integrated Pest Management Dr. Ryan Gott shares fascinating scientific facts about their biology and habitats.

Photos © Phil Johnson II