This Week at Phipps: Oct. 22 – 28
Oct 22

This Week at Phipps: Oct. 22 – 28

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: 125 Years of Wonder 
    Celebrate Phipps' tradition of spectacular Fall Flower Shows with a reimagining of some of the most memorable displays in our 125-year history.
  • Garden Railroad: Memories in Motion
    All aboard! Join us on a treasured locomotive journey through the years at Phipps, with fun, interactive features at every stop.
  • 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!
  • Learning for a Greener Future: A Youth Art Exhibition
    In the CSL Green Gallery, enjoy artistic photos of Phipps taken by high school students from the Learning for a Greener Future internship program.

Mon., Oct. 22:

  • 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.

Tues., Oct. 23:

  • Make Your Own Terranium  | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park |  7 – 9 p.m.  | R.S.V.P. required
    Learn how to create a living garden under glass while discussing plant selection, visual design, proper care and different styles of terraniums such as open versus closed and wet versus dry.

Wed., Oct. 24:

  • 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.
  • Fiber-Full Fare |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | R.S.V.P. required
    Learn about the importance of fiber in your diet and how to prepare quick and easy high-fiber meals.

Thurs., Oct. 25:

Fri., Oct. 26: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Halloween Happenings |  4 – 8 p.m.
    Ghosts and goblins of all ages can come to the Conservatory in costume and enjoy festive activities such as face painting, magic shows, and special Halloween games.
  • Enjoy the gardens by twilight; we're open until 10 p.m.!

Sat., Oct. 27:

  • Native Plant and Sustainability Conference  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Registration required
    This annual event brings together national experts for an engaging one-day forum on plants, landscapes, and our role as environmental stewards.
  • Digital Photography  |  9:30 a.m . – 12:30 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Explore different aspects of photography using the Conservatory's collections as inspiration. First class in a series.
  • Watercolor I: Technique and Color Theory  | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park | 9:30 a.m . – 4:30 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Learn the basics of transparent watercolor as a medium and gain a foundational understanding of the brushes, paper and paints suitable for botanical watercolor. First class in a series.
  • Bonsai Forest Workshop Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Using three Korean Hornbeam seedlings, create a landscape that replicates nature. Learn how to plant, prune and maintain this spectacular style of bonsai.
  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m . – 3 p.m.
    Phipps' revolutionary non-toxic Nature Lab is now open for you to discover.
  • Planning Your Spring Garden  |  1:30 p.m.
    Discover how to plant bulbs in the fall for your early spring garden.

Sun., Oct. 28:

  • Floral Arrangements to Die For |  1:30 p.m.
    Create a unique and BOO-tiful flower arrangement fit for Fall.
  • Pen and Ink II  |  Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Complete a botanically accurate and aesthetically pleasing botanical pen and ink illustration. Learn the process of creating an illustration — from observing the plant to making an accurate graphite sketch and inking the final illustration. First class in a series.

Photos © Phil Johnson II