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This Week at Phipps: June 7 – June 13
Jun 07

This Week at Phipps: June 7 – June 13

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: The Hidden Life of Trolls
    Featuring one-of-a-kind displays of trolls inspired by the mythological creatures found in folklore and pop culture, this immersive, interactive exhibit is unlike anything Phipps has displayed before.
  • Celebrating John Bauer, Painter of Trolls
    In association with Jönköpings Läns Museum, Phipps presents selected works of John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator who focused on landscapes and mythology.
  • 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.
  • Wild About Geometry: A Virtual Youth Art Exhibit
    This exhibit features artwork made by area middle school students participating in the Phipps Fairchild Challenge. In this challenge titled Wild About Geometry, students discovered geometric shapes and repetitions in nature.

Tues., June 8:

  • Summer Shrub Pruning Primer | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    While much pruning takes place in late winter, shrubs that flower on old wood are best pruned in summer, immediately after blooming. But what about your lilacs and spireas? Or those pesky hydrangeas? Gain a foundation in proper shrub pruning practice and become familiar with the shrubs that benefit from summer pruning. 

Wed., June 9:

  • 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!
  • Wild Wonders Virtual Summer Camp: Extreme Animal Habitats | 3 – 4 p.m.
    How do animals survive in the most extreme climates? Explore how animals camouflage, find food and take shelter in the hottest, coldest and windiest parts of the world.
  • Cooking for Health: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine | 6 – 8 p.m.
    Join Dr. Melissa Kerr to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet while cooking a whole food plant based Indian dish at home with Chef Jayashree Iyengar. Plant-based whole food diets can help to reduce stress and help you become your own best healer. Chef Jay will walk us through a delicious recipe using Indian spices and ingredients with medicinal benefits. Be prepared for a fun-filled learning experience to halt or even reverse disease with your fork as your primary tool. 
  • Digital Photography | 6:30 – 9 p.m.
    Learn or improve your knowledge and love of photography and your use of your digital camera. Topics to be covered include exposure, camera settings, composition and troubleshooting. Learn how to capture motion, about depth of field and focus, how to use histograms and exposure compensation. As you practice, you will receive instructor feedback on weekly photographic assignments. People with all levels of experience and all types of digital cameras are welcome.

Thurs., June 10:

  • Limning I and II | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Limning, a traditional painting method dating back to the Renaissance, has been used by botanical artists and scientific illustrators for centuries and is still favored by those who need to portray their subjects with great precision. For this technique, tiny brushstrokes are used to build up a highly detailed image. Receive online step-by-step instruction on this watercolor technique and practice it using high-quality photos of plants and flowers that you select as references.
  • Nurturing Nature Virtual Summer Camp: Nature in the City | 1:30  – 2:30 p.m.
    Learn about how biophilic cities are making connections between people and nature. Explore the wild animals that make their homes among skyscrapers and bridges. Discover ways that people can create access to green spaces in urban environments.
  • BBQ Side Dishes that Steal the Show: Miso Eggplant Broccoli Salad and Artichoke Dip | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Bring the party with you when you show up with these amazing, unique side dishes. These recipes are modern day classics that will be welcome at any summer gathering. Dive in with Chef Emily Larsen to put a tasty twist on these summer picnic classics!
  • Perennials for a Sustainable Landscape | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Perennials have unlimited value in the garden, whether they are planted in beds, used as accents around a mailbox or added to mixed borders. A garden with perennials is always changing as different ones come into bloom. Beautiful, exciting and challenging — perennial gardening is all of these and more.

Sat., June 12: 

  • Botanical Ballet Virtual Dance Class | noon or 2 p.m.
    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Let’s Move Pittsburgh invite children ages 3 – 7 to bring the magic of ballet into their home with this hour-long virtual creative movement class.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman