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This Week at Phipps: March 6 – 12
Mar 06

This Week at Phipps: March 6 – 12

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: 

  • COMING SOON: Spring Flower Show: Five Senses of Splendor
    Opening Sat., March 18, our Spring Flower Show: Five Senses of Splendor promises more vibrance than ever! With features including a giant perfume bottle, harmonious chime canopies, a cascading fountain and more, all surrounded by blooms in a rainbow of shades, your senses are sure to be delighted! 
  •  BiblioBotany: The Work of Lisa Meek
    In our Welcome Center Gallery, Phipps is pleased to host the BiblioBotany sculptures of Lisa Meek who looks for symbolism in each page and flower she uses to encourage people to process ideas in new ways.
  • Tropical Forest Hawai‘i: Aloha ‘Aina
    Tropical Forest Hawai‘i: Aloha ‘Aina invites guests to take an exciting, immersive journey through the rich history, nature and culture of the Hawaiian archipelago. 
  • 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.

Tues., March 7:

  • Silverpoint I & II |  6 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Silverpoint is a beautiful drawing medium, used by many Renaissance Artist prior to the use of graphite. This course allows new students to be able to practice and complete a 6” square botanical drawing and for more experienced students to be able to complete a 12“ square Natural History drawing.

Wed., March 8: 

  • In-Person Story Time | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Kids will love visiting Phipps to listen to our storyteller weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics. Attend weekly sessions with a special child in your life!
  • Plant-Based Meal Prep: Beautiful Beans | 6 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
    We’ve all heard that plant-based meals are better for you and better for the environment but making delicious plant-based meals can take a lot of time and money. In this class, we embrace the “cook once, eat twice” philosophy that is meal prep. We will spend an hour and a half preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be stored and enjoyed for days.

Thurs., March 9:

  • Let's Move Pittsburgh: Cooking for Life Series: Cooking for One |  6 p.m. –  7:30 p.m
    Cooking for one can be tricky; join us as Chef Emily teaches you how to create a variety of dishes that utilize the same ingredients without getting bored. By utilizing ingredients this way, we can eliminate food waste and be mindful of costs.
  • Herbal Medicine Making | 6:30 p.m. –  8 p.m
    Learn how to work with various plants and make medicinal syrups, teas, and tinctures. Michelle Soto of Cutting Root Apothecary will share stories and information about each plant and how to use them medicinally
  • History of Colonial American Garden | 7 p.m. –  9 p.m
    Explore how these cultural styles were modified to fit the differences in the landscapes of North America by selecting different plants or blending elements to produce practical or pleasurable gardens.

Sat., March 11:

  • Watercolor II | 9:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m
    Build upon your knowledge from Watercolor I to learn additional techniques used in transparent watercolor. Practice manipulating watercolor using different brushes and papers, plus discover some new colors and techniques for mixing colors.


Photo ©  Paul g. Wiegman