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This Week at Phipps: March 3 – 9
Mar 02

This Week at Phipps: March 3 – 9

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:

  • Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World  
    Blast off into a galaxy of garden goodness in this stellar new show as you enjoy the colors and shapes of hundreds of otherworldly orchids and our cosmic collection of tropical bonsai.
  • Garden Railroad: Farms, Food and Family 
    Discover farms that impact our daily lives in our fun and family-friendly Garden Railroad. 
  • Ikebana and Suiseki: Welcome Center Art Exhibit
    In this new exhibit in our Welcome Center Gallery, view Ikebana flower arrangements and suiseki, Japanese viewing stones. 
  • Wish You Were Here: A Youth Art Exhibition 
    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, enjoy a series of paintings by participating Fairchild Challenge high school students. 
  • Planets Earth
    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • 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.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive
    Join the more than 1,000 families who have switched their home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!

Mon., March 2:

  • Make-a-Craft Monday  |  10 a.m. – noon
    Create your very own Phipps masterpiece!  On Make-a-Craft Mondays, children are invited to engage in nature-themed arts-and-crafts projects. 

Tues., March 3:

  • Planning Your Rain Garden | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Well-designed rain gardens help to hold and infiltrate rainwater into the ground, and add a beautiful element to your home landscape. Learn about siting, designing and constructing rain gardens from a designer who has overseen rain garden projects across our region.

Wed., March 4:

  • Story Time Wednesday  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Come to Phipps for story time among the flowers. Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.

Thurs., March 5:

  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh | 6 p.m.
    Join us in Café Phipps with Dr. Ryan Gott for a discussion about the importance of 'creepy crawliers' in our daily lives!

Fri., March 6:

Sat., March 7:

  • Peek Behind the Petals | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    At this month's Peek Behind the Petals, learn about plant health care and integrated pest management at Phipps from Associated Director of Integrated Pest Management, Dr. Ryan Gott.
  • Healthy Eating for Kids |  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Learn how to implement healthy foods into your child's diet in this free with admission public program! 
  • An Introduction to Pruning | 1 – 3 p.m.
    Ensuring the correct pruning tools are being used and the correct cuts are being made is essential for the health and longevity of your landscape plants. Learn to identify and maintain the correct tool for the job, discover the basic approach for pruning woody plants, and learn when, where, why and how to make appropriate cuts to plants.
  • Orchid Diversity | 1:30 – 3 p.m.
    Learn about the diverse range of orchids in this free with admission public program! 

Sun., March 8:

  • "Down" with Feathers | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Learn to draw an outstanding feature of birds: the plumage. Study the various types, shapes and functions of a feather, and learn how to depict both soft fluffy down and flight feathers that resemble long, twisted blades. You will have the opportunity to work from feather specimens. Explore graphite and various color washes as a medium for final artwork.
  • Orchid Repotting |  1:30 – 3 p.m.
    Learn how to properly repot orchids in this free with admission public program! 

Photos © Phipps Staff