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This Week at Phipps: March 22 – 28
Mar 22

This Week at Phipps: March 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:

  • Spring Flower Show: Canopy of Color
    Don’t miss a new spectacular show creating color from above! In Spring Flower Show: Canopy of Color, Phipps' signature displays will delight not only in beds below, but baskets and designs above, creating a world of color waiting to be explored. 
  • As Long as the Grass, an exhibit by Lindsey french
    With the use of still images and videos, visiting artist Lindsey french presents As Long as the Grass, an exhibit of interdisciplinary artwork through the lens of phytovision. Phytovision, as both a practice of perception and a plant-oriented media, is an experiment to destabilize the primacy of human vision.
  • 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 22:

  • Seed Saving with Michele Soto, Cutting Roots Farm and Apothecary | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Seed saving is allows you to keep and grow heirloom and open-pollinated seeds in order to increase the genetic diversity of plants available to gardeners. Come learn the basics and join the movement.
  • Fermentation Frenzy: Easy Kimchi | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Kimchi has a rich tradition of culture. Learn about the significance of kimchi in Korean culture while you make a batch of kimchi at home in a virtual community. Expect lots of fun chopping and discussion before you walk away with a new appreciation for kimchi!

Tues., March 23:

  • Backyard Composting with Dan Dalton, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Composting is a great way to reduce waste going to landfills, build healthier soils, and grow healthier fruits and vegetables. No matter your situation, there is a composting solution that is right for everyone. Join us to learn about the principles around composting, choosing the right system for you, and making better compost this season!
  • Pizza Night | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Join Chef John from The Porch at Siena for a pizza night!
  • Indoor Seed Starting | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head-start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment you need to successfully start and care for vegetable annual seedlings. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot seedling problems that commonly occur.

Wed., March 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!
  • Indian Cuisine at Home: Cooking with Indian Vegetables | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Join Chef Jayashree as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Expand your culinary skill set, learn new spice combinations and bring healthy and delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation.
  • Certified Backyard Habitats |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Your yard is a wonderful place to observe and enjoy local wildlife. Learn how to create a backyard habitat to support these creature, and what features and plants will support birds, butterflies and more. Gain the skills and knowledge necessary for turning your yard into a certified backyard habitat.

Thurs., March 25:

  • 10 Steps for Starting Seeds Indoors with Gabe Tilove, Phipps Conservatory | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Starting seeds indoors is a fun and affordable way to get more from your garden this year. Grow unique varieties, make use of seeds saved from previous seasons, and get an early jump on the season. This presentation will cover the essentials steps to successfully starting seeds indoors.
  • Indian Cuisine for Kids: Cooking with Indian Veggies | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    Explore Indian veggies and learn to make dishes with them using lentils and spices. Use them to make kolumbu, stir fry tendli and a snake gourd sambar.
  • Classic Recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Omelette Roulee and Gougeres | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Chef Emily will guide you through some of the recipes from Julia Child’s famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, covering all the necessary techniques. She will also share stories about what made Julia Child such a culinary icon and an example of how to live life fully. Week three explores her famous Omelet Roulee and Gourgere, a French style omelet with savory cheese puffs.
  • Spring Ephemerals | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Spring ephemerals offer us some of the first, fleeting glimpse of spring. Dive into what makes these plants unique and exciting and explore the species of spring ephemerals that grow well here in western Pennsylvania, including ones that you can grow in your garden. After this class you will be able to identify different types of ephemerals and where to look for them in the wild.

Fri., March 26:

  • Season Extension with Dan Dalton, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Don't let early and late season temperatures keep you from growing throughout the year. With some simple season extension techniques you can grow for three or even four seasons! Join us to discuss how crop selection, crop planning, microclimate adjustments, and simple structures can keep you growing longer and better this season!

Sat., March 27:

  • Colored Pencil III |  9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Work through all of the steps of completing a start-to-finish botanical drawing in colored pencil — including layout, photography, composition, incorporating light and shadow to build form, color layering and utilizing a range of colored pencil techniques. While Colored Pencil I and II introduced a range of techniques and some completion of botanical samples, this class offers a chance to put it all together to increase your confidence in your ability to successfully tackle your own projects.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman