This Week at Phipps: Nov. 18 – Nov. 24
Nov 18
2019

This Week at Phipps: Nov. 18 – Nov. 24

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. 18:

  • 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. 19:

  • 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. Discuss different types of shade, annuals, perennials and shrubs that thrive in shady conditions. Explore tried and true varieties as well as some of the newest cultivars that have recently been introduced to the trade

Wed., Nov. 20:

  • 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.
  • Gluten Free Multigrain Bread and Boules | 6 – 9 p.m.
    Discover the joy of gluten free bread! Whether you are intolerant or simply curious, this intro to gluten free bread baking is an accessible and delicious first step.

Thurs., Nov. 21:

  • Second Annual Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium  |  8:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Join nationally acclaimed experts, professionals and community practicioners for an exploration of urban soils and their relation to agriculture, stormwater management, habitat and climate.

Fri., Nov. 22:

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Holiday Magic! Sneak Peek Week | 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m 
    Get a look at the work in progress behind Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden during this special sneak peek event!

Sat., Nov. 23:

  • Grisalle with Colored Pencil | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
    The art of grisaille is a process by which the toning of a drawing is completed first and then the color is added. This improves the form of subject, reduces use of colors and helps you to complete your illustration more quickly. Small objects will be completed in class.
  • Plant Diversity  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Join us each Saturday and Sunday in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for interactive demonstrations, activities and speakers that will deepen your connections to the beauty and wonders of nature, all free with admission!

Sun., Nov. 24:

  • 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.
  • Grisalle with Colored Pencil | 9:30 a.m – 4 p.m. 
    The art of grisalle is a process by which the toning of a drawing is completed first and then color is added. This improves the form of subject, reduces use of colors and helps you to complete your illustration more quickly. Small objects will be completed in class. 
  • Knitting with Natural Plant Fibers  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
    Join us each Saturday and Sunday in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for interactive demonstrations, activities and speakers that will deepen your connections to the beauty and wonders of nature, all free with admission!

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman


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