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This Week at Phipps: Oct. 12 – 18
Oct 12

This Week at Phipps: Oct. 12 – 18

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: The Poetry of Nature
    Featuring room after room of gorgeous chrysanthemums that have been in training for this show all year long, The Poetry of Nature offers a refreshing respite of natural beauty before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins. Mark your calendars to see it — this breathtaking display lasts only three weeks!
  • 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.
  • 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., Oct. 12:

  • Little Sprouts: Colorful Corn | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon
    Corn has been a favorite fall food for hundreds of years! Explore how corn grows and discover how colorful it can be!
  • Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics: Panettone Bread | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Get ready to heat up your ovens, Bread Basics with Mark Snyder are back by popular demand! We’ll kick off this series with a popular sour dough bread recipe made using a homemade starter and move on to specialty breads including Ciabatta, Panettone and Pumpkin breads! This is a great way to kick off your fall season, and get ready to impress your guests with homemade bread at your next holiday gathering.
  • Italian Cuisine at Home: Bistecca con Patate | 5 – 6:30 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.
  • Creating Floral Crowns | 7 – 9 p.m.
    In this class students will learn the various techniques of creating a floral crown. We will also discuss types of flowers best for this and how to properly prep them.

Tues., Oct. 13:

  • Lunch and Learn: Herbal Preparations: Herbal Honey, Jams and Tonics | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Join Dina Ranade, Herbalist and Registered Dietician, to explore common culinary herbs from a medicinal perspective and discover their far reach beyond ordinary seasonings. Each class will include discussions on benefits, recipes for suggested uses and demonstrations of herbal preparations. Share a cup of tea and begin to build your own kitchen apothecary.
  • Virtual Young Chefs Cooking Academy: Marinara from Scratch | 5 – 6 p.m.
    Use a simple knife and skillet to make a delicious and versatile red sauce from scratch that can be used in endless ways.
  • Ground Covers and Vines | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Ground covers and vines are very valuable and functional with varieties that can cover both vertical and horizontal surfaces and grow in sunny, shady, wet or dry conditions. Learn about the many possibilities that this exciting plant group presents and get to know some unique types that can enliven any landscape.

Wed., Oct. 14:

  • 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!
  • Eat the Rainbow: Blue  | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    In this brain boosting class, we’ll talk about all the yummy benefits that fun blue fruits have to offer.
  • Authentic Indian Cook-Along Series: South Indian Cooking: Indian Breakfast for Dinner | 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. (Menu: Onion / Tomato / Coconut Chutney, Flattened Rice (Aval or Poha) Uppuma)
  • Creating Healthy Soil | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Healthy soil is essential for good plant growth. In this class, learn the fundamentals of soil characteristics including the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil, as well as the strategies for improving soil health in order to grow healthy plants and minimize pest and disease pressure. The importance of soil tests will be discussed as well as how and why to take a soil test.

Thurs., Oct. 15: 

  • Customizable Cooking: Roasted Vegetable Galette | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    We have all had that favorite recipe, but maybe forgot an ingredient or two. Join Chef Emily in her customizable cooking series and learn all the tricks and tips to improvising. Emily will share great knowledge on substitutions and what you can use if something is forgotten! Don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry; we will still send you a recipe with ingredients, but have some fun with it and change things up if you would like.

Fri., Oct. 16: 

Photos © Phil Johnson II