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This Week at Phipps: May 3 – 9
May 03

This Week at Phipps: May 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:

  • Summer Flower Show: The Hidden Life of Trolls
    Featuring one-of-a-kind displays of trolls inspired by the mythological creatures found in folklore and pop culture, this immersive, interactive exhibit is unlike anything Phipps has displayed before.
  • Celebrating John Bauer, Painter of Trolls
    In association with Jönköpings Läns Museum, Phipps presents selected works of John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator who focused on landscapes and mythology.
  • 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., May 3:

  • Japanese Ferments 101: From Pickles to Koji | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Japanese cuisine would not be the same without some of its foundational fermented foods. This class dives into the fascinating world of koji, one of the fundamental building blocks of miso and other fermented products, as well as short-term pickles using koji, shoyu and miso. Learn about the tradition, culture and history of Japanese preservation practices that can be used to create delicious flavors, marinades and condiments. 

Tues., May 4:

  • Annuals, Biennials and Bulbs | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Although short-lived, annuals are great for color and long bloom, as well as for filling in the perennial bed. Biennials include many interesting flowers and they often re-seed, acting in effect as perennials. Bulbs include the familiar daffodils and tulips, as well as many less common and even tender varieties. Build your repertoire of plants, discover important cultivars, discuss pest and disease issues and explore overall care of these important landscape plants.

Wed., May 5:

  • ​Virtual Guided Forest Therapy Walk | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Forest Awakenings offers remote guided forest therapy walks, which help people cultivate deeper relationships with the natural world. Following a research-based process developed by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Martha O’Grady and Charlie Yuill provide a 3-hour session via Zoom which allows participants to engage from the safety of their homes, yards or natural setting of their choice. Participants need a well-charged cell phone, tablet, laptop or other mobile device. Headphones are recommended in public spaces. 
  • 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!
  • Permaculture for the Home Garden | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Permaculture stands for “permanent culture” and is a means of mimicking natural systems in order to grow food on your land while enhancing the local ecology. This course outlines some of the main principles and techniques for designing an urban or suburban homestead. You will learn about edible landscaping, perennial companion planting and home-scale sustainable and integrated systems (including an introduction to zones and sectors).

Thurs., May 6:

Fri., May 7:

  • May Market | 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Celebrate spring at our annual May Market, a bustling marketplace where Phipps horticulturists, local nurseries, farms and other vendors come together for a market of ultra-green proportions.

Sat., May 8: 

  • ​May Market | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Celebrate spring at our annual May Market, a bustling marketplace where Phipps horticulturists, local nurseries, farms and other vendors come together for a market of ultra-green proportions.
  • Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject. Projects completed in this class will be due on a future date (to be announced) rather than within the three weeks of actual class time.

Sun., May 9:

  • Drawing Bird Nests and Eggs | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Study the nest and eggs of local birds, using local resources such as The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the National Aviary and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Drawings should focus on the many parts of plants used to create the nest and the botanical structure often used to support the nest and eggs. Use guided practice and research handouts, 2D photographs and videos of nests and eggs as resources for drawing.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman