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This Week at Phipps: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1
Oct 26

This Week at Phipps: Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

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. 26:

  • Little Sprouts: Perfect Pumpkins | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon
    Did you know that a pumpkin is a type of squash? Uncover the mysteries of pumpkins and do a pumpkin dissection!
  • Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics with Chef Mark Snyder: Pumpkin 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: Penne al Pesto con Calamari | 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.
  • Halloween Centerpiece | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    In this class, students will see several techniques being employed to create a cool Halloween themed centerpiece. We will discuss the flowers and foliage to use for the biggest impact and where to source some of the rarer items.

Tues., Oct. 27:

  • Virtual Young Chefs Cooking Academy: First Course | 5 – 6 p.m.
    Learn how to make a salad and dressing that is anything but boring, and then practice your knife skills by preparing a bruschetta crostini that will impress your friends and family.
  • Make Your Own Herbal Tea Blends | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    Are you a tea lover? Have you ever dared to grab the spices and try to make your very own tea? Grab your tea and relax while watching and exploring how to combine fresh or dried herbs into lovely tea blends that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Dina will walk you through the different herbs used in tea and what combinations make the best tea for your palate.

Wed., Oct. 28:

  • 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: Green  | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Green fruits and vegetables help us grow strong, healthy muscles. Join us on a green produce journey.
  • Managing Water in your Landscape | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Water moves through every landscape, and can be both a blessing and a curse. This class will introduce you to the key strategies and landforms that can help you slow down and infiltrate water flow in a way that is good for your garden and our local waterways.

Thurs., Oct. 29: 

  • Customizable Cooking: Mussels and Frites | 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.
  • Perfect Pairings Virtual Fall Gala | 7:30 p.m.
    You're invited to join us for our upcoming virtual fall celebration, Perfect Pairings! This year’s event has been reimagined to allow you to enjoy the splendor of all that Phipps has to offer from the safety of your own home. We invite you to enjoy an evening of memorable performances — from some of our city’s finest entertainers — filmed in some of Phipps’ most beautiful and iconic spaces with the gorgeous displays of Fall Flower Show: The Poetry of Nature serving as a breathtaking and vibrant backdrop.

Sat., Oct. 31:

  • Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Students will learn the basics of transparent watercolor as a medium, and gain a foundational understanding of the brushes, paper, and paints suitable for botanical watercolor. Using a limited palette, students will explore techniques such as washes and glazes, and practice creating a full range of hues, shades and tones using the limited palette. Through demonstrations and exercises, students will produce a series of studies that demonstrate the foundational techniques of transparent watercolor and application of those techniques to rendering plant forms.

Sun., Nov. 1:

  • Pen and Ink I  | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Beginning with the fundamentals of pen and ink techniques, learn how to use different strokes to create a compositional balance of black and white tones.

Photos © Paul Vladuchick