This Week at Phipps: Oct. 22 – 28
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.
- 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:
- Fermentation Series: Making Miso at Home | 7 – 9 p.m. | R.S.V.P. required
Learn how to safely ferment your own miso to incorporate it into homemade miso soup and other recipes.
- Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation | 7 – 9:30 p.m. | R.S.V.P. required
Explore practical aspects of the landscape design process, including site documentation, client interviews and program development. First class in a series.
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