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This Week at Phipps: Nov. 11 – Nov. 17
Nov 11

This Week at Phipps: Nov. 11 – Nov. 17

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:

  • Garden Railroad: Farms, Food and Family 
    Discover farms that impact our daily lives in our fun and family-friendly Garden Railroad. 
  • Invasive Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania: A Botanical Art Exhibit 
    Our display in the Welcome Center, Invasive Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania exhibits art and illustrations from the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps’ Botanical Art and Illustration program and the Allegheny Highland Botanical Art Society, and features the work of Phipps students. 
  • Homegrown: The Power of Community
    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, discover the impact of Phipps' edible garden program on the health of our region's families.
  • 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., Nov. 11:

  • 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. 
  • Native Herbaceous Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Using a plant-community-based approach, we’ll explore the diverse flora that surrounds us and learn how these plants can transform our landscapes and enrich our lives. Gain a better understanding of how the plants of our region got here, how they relate to the wild plants of other places, and how to grow and propagate them.

Tues., Nov. 12:

  • Gardening in the Shade  |  7 – 9 p.m. 
    Gardening in the shade is not difficult — it is just different! Shade gardens provide a peaceful retreat where you can highlight the simplicity and elegance of plants. Expand your plant palate and learn to combine a variety of forms, foliage textures and variegation to make your garden come alive.

Wed., Nov. 13:

  • 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.
  • Designer's Challenge | 6 – 9 p.m.
    Choose your design style, container, flowers and foliage to create your own unique design. You will be challenged to select materials for your arrangement that meet a pre-determined list of basic criteria. A variety of floral product will be available for you to use. Are you up for the challenge?
  • Advanced Integrated Pest Management  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    This course is for landcare and pest management professionals and homeowners who have experience and an understanding of integrated pest management and want to go deeper. Learn how to monitor plants, identify pest concerns, determine if there is a problem and create a plan for control. Work with Phipps’ Associate Director of Integrated Pest Management Dr. Ryan Gott to identify species of concern and develop a pest management plan.

Fri., Nov. 15:

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Environmental Film Series: Disneynature's Bears |  7 – 9 p.m. 
    Join us in the Botany Hall Auditorium at Phipps for a screening of Disneynature's Bears. From the studio that brought you Earth and Chimpanzee comes an epic story on a breathtaking scale showcasing a year in the life of a bear family. 

Sat., Nov. 16:

  • Meet a Scientist  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Meet a few of Phipps' Science Communication Fellows and learn about the research they are conducting at this free with admission event! 

Sun., Nov. 17:

  • Pen and Ink II, III, and IV | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Pen and Ink II students will have improved stroke making and wash skills with the introduction of color through various tools and inks. Pen and Ink III and IV students will advance their skills through an individual plan determined by the student and instructor.
  • Plant Printing  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
    Learn about the art of plant printing at this free with admission event! 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman