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This Week at Phipps: March 9 - 15
Mar 09

This Week at Phipps: March 9 - 15

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:

  • 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 9: 

  • 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 10:

  • Southern and Spicy  |  7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
    In the mood for a little kick? Learn how to prepare a traditional New Orleans dinner with the skill of blackening.

Wed., March 11:

  • 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.
  • Landscape Design II: Principles of Design  |  7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Learn design principles in both two and three dimensions and reinforce your knowledge and exercises. Analyze the use of these design concepts in landscapes by participating in a field trip and examining slides, photos and magazines.
  • Super Foods to Promote Wellness  |  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    This class is a mixture of nutrition education and hands on prep of 'super foods' in the kitchen.

Thurs., March 12:

  • Soil Ecology  | 7 p.m - 9 p.m. 
    Learn about physical properites of soils, best management practices, soil tests and fertilizers.
  • Lets Move Pittsburgh High School Cooking: Indian Cuisine | 5 p.m - 9 p.m.
    Learn about cooking science and the history and culture of Indian food as you work in teams to prepare delicious Indian dishes from scratch!

Fri., March 13:

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.

Sat., March 14:

  • Gluten Free Date Night: Tacos and Guacamole  |  6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
     Learn to make fresh corn tortillas, sauteed black bean and fresh guacamole to be paired with diary-free cheddar cheese from Chef Kaufmann's own cafe. This will be a demo and hands-on class. 
  • Papermaking
    Learn about the process and experience a demonstration on how to create your own paper! 

Sun., March 15:

  • UPMC Plan Family Fun Fest  | 9:30 a.m – 5 p.m. 
    Enjoy special activites from UPMC Health Plan and Let's Move Pittsburgh throughout the conservatory, including games, crafts, healthy lifestyle tips and more. 
  • Origami  |  12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
    Learn the complex folding techique of origami in this hands on demonstration! 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman