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This Week at Phipps: March 1 – 7
Mar 01

This Week at Phipps: March 1 – 7

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:

  • Garden Railroad: Rails and Trails
    Phipps' new miniature railroad display Rails and Trails invites you and your family to join our miniature friends as they enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in Phipps’ Biophilia Park. Featuring a pontoon boat cruising along a lake, an audience enjoying a concert at a band shell and all-new touchless interactive features, this exhibit is sure to delight guests of all ages. 
  • 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.

Mon., March 1:

  • Colors of Spring | 9:30  – 10:30 a.m.
    Explore the many colors of early blooms like hellebores, hyacinths and crocuses. Discover the rainbow in spring’s landscape as nature begins to awaken!

Tues., March 2:

  • ​Kitchen Apothecary Series: Managing Stress and Mood | 6  – 7:30 p.m.
    Join Dina Ranade, herbalist and registered dietician, to explore common culinary herbs from a medicinal perspective and discover their reach far beyond ordinary seasonings. Share a cup of herbal tea and join Dina for these virtual workshops.

Wed., March 3:

  • 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!
  • Gardening for Birds | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Learn about the benefits of using native plants and how they support our local birds. Hear plant suggestions that will work well for urban and suburban yards. In addition to plants, what other elements will attract birds to your yard? Learn about the needs of birds and how you can support local populations in your own yard.

Thurs., March 4:

  • Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh March Meeting | 6 p.m. (ET); 3 p.m. (PT)
    Join us virtually Thurs., March 4 for an evening of discussion with Pittsburgh-based artists Lindsey French; Lee Dingus, Seneca/Haudenosaunee artist, educator, and activist; and Earl Dingus, a Cherokee (Tsalagi - Aniyvwiya) artist, silversmith, activist, and Traditional Native American Flute Player. 
  • Parisian Wrapped Bouquets | 7  – 8:30 p.m.
    It’s all in the details; learn techniques to arrange and wrap impressive presentation bouquets in the European way.  Students will learn to properly prep and arrange two different bouquet styles from beginning to finish, which can be assembled and wrapped in class. Instructional design notes will be provided.
  • Tree and Shrub Pruning: Tools and Techniques | 7  – 8:30 p.m.
    Pruning is one of the most fun and impactful garden chores we do each year, but it can be intimidating to make the first cut. This course will help you understand where and why to make pruning cuts that improve the health and aesthetics of your trees and shrubs, the appropriate timing and styles of pruning for different plants, and the tools you need to help you do the job. Prune confidently!

Fri., March 5: 

Sat., March 6:

  • Developing Botanical Perspective to Create Depth | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Study and draw the various perspective techniques used to create depth. Use foreshortening, shadows and highlights to achieve a highly accurate and convincing botanical drawing, working with guided practice handouts, 2D photographs and 3D botanical specimens.

Sun., March 7:

  • Fairies and Flora Virtual Dance Class | 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Let’s Move Pittsburgh invite children ages 3 – 7 to bring the magic of ballet into their home at Fairies and Flora Virtual Dance Class, an hour-long virtual creative movement class.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman