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This Week at Phipps: Nov. 4 – Nov. 10
Nov 04

This Week at Phipps: Nov. 4 – Nov. 10

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:

  • Fall Flower Show: Japanese Inspirations 
    Celebrate Phipps' tradition of spectacular Fall Flower Shows — the longest-running in the United States — with a tour of Japan's exuberant festivals and gorgeous botanical design. 
  • 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. 4:

  • 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. 5:

  • 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. 6:

  • 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.
  • Biophilia Network | 6 – 7 p.m.
    Join us on Wed., Nov. 6 at Café Phipps with Dr. Erica Cochran Hameen, architectural designer and assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Building envelope and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system decisions play a key role in the ability of occupants to connect with nature.
  • Healthy Hearty Soups  |  6 – 9 p.m. 
    Warm up with homemade soups that are as healthy as they are filling. Licensed dietitian nutritionist Rikki Rabbin will explain how to pack the soups we love with nutrients and how they affect our health.
  • 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.
  • Paper Making: Holiday Card  |  7 – 9 p.m. 
    Use cotton and other plants to make sheets of paper by hand.

Thurs., Nov. 7:

  • Fall Gala: Perfect Pairings  |  7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
    Phipps' signature party pairs our vibrant Fall Flower Show: Japanese Inspirations with memorable food, selected wines and sake, extravagant floral displays, energizing live entertainment and much more to provide the perfect glasshouse celebration.

Fri., Nov. 8:

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Movie Night: Godzilla |  7 – 9 p.m. 
    The roaring granddaddy of all monster movies, Godzilla is also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama and a powerful environmental parable. Join us for a special screening of the original 1954 film in Botany Hall Auditorium, free with Phipps admission.

Sat., Nov. 9:

  • Essential Oils  |  1 – 3 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. 10:

  • Guided Open Studio: Botanical Textures | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Making time to concentrate on your art can be tough! Join fellow botanical artists at these open studio sessions, and find the inspiration and support to start, continue and finish projects. Work on class work, your portfolio or something totally new.
  • Mum's the Word  |  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!
  • Calligraphy with Shuho Kondo  |  3 – 4 p.m. 
    Shuho Kondo, acclaimed calligrapher, will present her work at Phipps on the final day of Fall Flower Show: Japanese Inspirations. Experience the beautiful brush strokes of Kondo's calligraphy accompanied by live music in a special one-time-only performance in Phipps' Special Events Hall.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman