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This Week at Phipps: Nov. 16 – 22
Nov 16

This Week at Phipps: Nov. 16 – 22

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: Rails and Trails
    Phipps' new miniature railroad display Rails and Trails invites you and your family to join our miniature friends as they enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in Phipps’ Biophilia Park. Featuring a pontoon boat cruising along a lake, an audience enjoying a concert at a band shell and all-new touchless interactive features, this exhibit is sure to delight guests of all ages. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An Alphabet of Native Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania: A Botanical Art Exhibit
    On display online and in the Phipps Welcome Center Gallery, An Alphabet of Native Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania is part of the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Botanical Art and Illustration Program and the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society. 
  • Virtual Radical Days
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is honored to be a part of this year's Virtual RADical Days! Now active on Phipps website, guests are invited to sign-up to enjoy a variety of virutal activies right from their own home. Enjoy story time held every Wednesday, explore the Planets Earth exhibit, catch an informative documentary through Virtual Environmental Film series and so much more! 

Mon., Nov. 16:

  • Italian Cuisine at Home: Ribollita | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Learn to cook the Italian way right from your very own home. Join us on Zoom for a live cooking class with Chef Justin Melnick. Justin has traveled and studied the regions of Italy and is ready to bring a little of Italy into your home. He will teach you the most authentic ways to prepare your next Italian dish. You’ll learn everyday cooking tips as well as Italian cooking tips to use in your kitchen.

Tues., Nov. 17:

  • Dinner Together | 5 – 6 p.m.
    Get your family together over a fabulous baked potato bar with all the fixings. Chef Emily will show you how to do everything to make your family a memorable and fun meal they all enjoy together. Starting with the basics of making a baked potato, we will move on to building more skills like roasting a sheet pan full of vegetables and whipping up a cheese sauce. Then everyone can assemble their own potatoes and eat together!

Wed., Nov. 18:

  • 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!
  • Animal Adventures Pop-Up | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Investigate how different animals navigate their environments by moving and playing just like them. 
  • Authentic Indian from Scratch Cook-Along Series: Instant Dosas with Sambar and Chutney | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    Join Chef Jayashree Iyengar as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Learn new spice combinations and bring authentic delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation.
  • Elegant Autumn Arrangements | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    A diversion from “expected” fall colors will be featured in this demonstration of centerpieces and table-scapes.  The key project will feature a long and low centerpiece constructed of fresh and dried materials.

Thurs., Nov. 19: 

  • Basic Bow Making Lunch and Learn | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Learn to create classic bows for indoor or outdoor holiday decorating. Instructional guidelines on ribbon materials, widths, and yardage estimates will also be provided. 
  • Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Dishes: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
     Tired of the same old Thanksgiving dinner every year? Chef Emily will take Thanksgiving to new level this year and add some unique vegetarian inspired side dishes to your line up. Whether you’re vegetarian or just need a change of pace, these dishes will surprise your Thanksgiving dinner guests and leave them wanting more.

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Photos © Paul Vladuchick