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This Week at Phipps: June 29 – July 5
Jun 29

This Week at Phipps: June 29 – July 5

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 29: 

  • Leche 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: Bucatini all’Amatriciana | 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!
  • The Garden of Good and Evil | 7 – 9 p.m. 
    Learn about the various edible and medicinal flowers and foliage in floristry, along with their toxic cousins. Then, watch a demonstration on putting edible flowers and toxic flowers together in an interesting floral design.

Tues., June 30:

  • Lunch and Learn: Cafe Phipps: Vegetable Stir Fry | 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.

Wed., July 1:

  • 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: Botanical Artist Mary Delany, her life and works | 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.
  • Fueling Your Workouts | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Snacks not keeping you energized and satisfied? Learn about the basics of building nutritious and filling snacks with Registered Dietitian and Let’s Move Pittsburgh Coordinator Maris Altieri. 
  • Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary | 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., July 2:

  • Jerked Protein with Fruit Salsa | 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.

Photos © Phil Johnson II


We have a beautiful catalpa tree in our neighborhood. It was in full bloom 2 wks ago!

By William on Jul 6, 2020