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This Week at Phipps: May 30 – June 5
May 30

This Week at Phipps: May 30 – June 5

By Phipps Conservatory

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:

  • Romero Rises Again: A Corpse Flower at Phipps  |  Extended hours: Open until 8 p.m. daily Starting Sat., June 4
    Get ready for the return of Romero, our famous corpse flower, and witness the growth and bloom cycle of one of nature’s largest and most unusual flowers.
  • Butterfly Forest  
    Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among the blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Summer Flower Show: PlayGardens  
    Phipps comes alive with the colors of summer fun as each room offers interactive features, vintage garden décor and more.
  • Tropical Forest Congo
    Explore some of Africa’s lushest landscapes and see botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps.
  • Environmental Change: A Youth Art Exhibition
    In the CSL Green Gallery, enjoy original comic-strip artworks depicting ecosystem changes created by middle and high school students involved in Phipps’ Fairchild Challenge.
  • Native Trees: A Botanical Art Exhibit
    This gallery of work from students of our Botanical Art and Illustration program highlights native trees of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Mon., May 30:

  • Make-a-Craft Mondays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Create your very own Phipps masterpiece! Every Monday, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.

Wed., June 1:

  • Story Time Wednesdays  |  10:30 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.
  • Farmers at Phipps  |  2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Visit our sustainably managed front lawn to browse one of only a few area farmers’ markets offering exclusively organic or Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables and more from local farms.

Thurs., June 2:

  • Story Time Thursdays  |  10:30 – 11 a.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  |  Free to attend; R.S.V.P. required
    The June Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Norma P. Weinberg, herbal educator, writer, speaker and master gardener, who will lead a discussion on "Herb Gardening Through a Sustainable Lens." 

Fri., June 3:

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Every Friday, children are introduced to the important connections between people, plants and the planet by potting their own fun plants to take home.
  • Have dinner at Café Phipps through 7 p.m.
  • Enjoy the gardens by twilight; we're open until 10 p.m.!

Sat., June 4:

Sun., June 5:

  • Bioblitz Festival  |  5 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Free to the public
    Join us for our first free, fun, family-oriented BioBlitz! Witness firsthand the amazing biodiversity right here in our local parks, participate in real-time science, create unique art, browse local vendors' products and goods, engage with interactive exhibits, enjoy live music and much more!
  • Let Your Summer Vacation Bloom  |  1:30 p.m.
    Make floral arrangements with a summertime theme.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman