This Week at Phipps: Oct. 23 – 29
Oct 23

This Week at Phipps: Oct. 23 – 29

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.):

  • 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
    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.
  • Fall Flower Finale for SUPER. NATURAL.
    For its final weeks, SUPER. NATURAL. will embrace Phipps’ tradition of stunning Fall Flower Shows, transforming as the plantings change from tropical summer plants to a colorful cornucopia of chrysanthemums for the vibrant finale of this blockbuster show.
  • 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. 23:

  • 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. 24:

  • Make Your Own Terrarium  |  7 – 9 p.m.  |  Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park  |  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 terrariums — such as open versus closed and wet versus dry.

Wed., Oct. 25:

  • 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.
  • LAST CHANCE: Green Market at Phipps  |  2:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Last market of the season! 
    Visit our front lawn to browse a colorful cornucopia of organic and sustainable goods from local vendors.
  • Home Fermentation Series: Kombucha, Shrubs and Kefir  |  7 – 9 p.m.  |  Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Fermented drinks are a great way to add probiotic foods into your daily routine. Learn how to make three of the most popular drinks so you are ready for any occasion.

Thurs., Oct. 26:

  • Herbs for Stress Relief  |  7 – 9 p.m.  |  Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Prepare for the upcoming holiday season by learning about traditional herbs used to maintain healthy body balance and release tension, stress and anxiety. You will take home an herbal stress reduction tea as well as a relaxing essential oil blend.

Fri., Oct. 27:

  • 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.
  • Halloween Happenings  |  4 – 8 p.m.
    Bring costumed kids for a boo-tanical bash as we offer a host of fun family activities and healthy snacks, all free with Phipps admission!

Sat., Oct. 28:

Sun., Oct. 29:

  • Beginning Bonsai Workshop  |  10 a.m. – noon  |  Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park  |  R.S.V.P. required
    Study the timeless and ancient art of bonsai as you learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning.
  • Boo-Quets  |  1:30 p.m.
    These flower arrangements contain spooky, unexpected surprises that are sure to get your attention!

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman