This Week at Phipps: Oct. 2 – 8
Oct 02

This Week at Phipps: Oct. 2 – 8

By Phipps Conservatory

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 (Extended Hours 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Except Sat., Oct. 7):

  • SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
    Ten years after Chihuly at Phipps, master glass artist Jason Gamrath brings a new twist to the art form, creating remarkably accurate botanical pieces on a massive scale, standing up to 14 feet tall.
  • SUPER. NATURAL. Nights  |  Open Until 11 p.m.  Nightly Except Sat., Oct. 7
    Stay for the evening and experience the beauty in a whole new light as the sun goes down and the mesmerizing SUPER. NATURAL. glass art begins to glow.
  • 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!
  • Native Edible Plants: A Botanical Art Exhibit 
    On display in our Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, this collection of work from students of our Botanical Art and Illustration program highlights native edible plants of southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Tropical Forest Congo
    Explore some of Africa’s lushest landscapes and see botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps.

Mon., Oct. 2:

  • Make-a-Craft Mondays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Create your very own Phipps masterpiece! Every Monday, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.

Wed., Oct. 4:

  • Story Time Wednesdays  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.
  • Green Market at Phipps  |  2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Refresh your lifestyle! Visit our front lawn to browse a colorful cornucopia of organic and sustainable goods from local vendors.

Thurs., Oct. 5:

  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh  |  5:30 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    This month's meeting will feature Dr. John Stolz, professor of microbiology and director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education program at Duquesne University, who will lead the discussion, "Gaia — Reflections on Turning 50." 

Fri., Oct. 6:

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Every Friday, children are introduced to the important connections between people, plants and the planet by potting their own fun plants to take home.
  • Party in the Tropics: '90s Night  |  7 – 11 p.m.  |  Ages 21+ only
    Head to Phipps for a healthy dose of neon-colored nostalgia as you indulge in unique ’90s-themed cocktails, dance to the decade’s hits, munch on light party snacks and unwind amid the lush greenery and rushing waterfalls. It’ll be all that and a bag of chips!

Sat., Oct. 7:

Sun., Oct. 8:

  • Botanical Soaps  |  1:30 p.m.
    Delve into the history of botanical soaps and learn how they are made.

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman