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This Week at Phipps: Oct. 5 – 11
Oct 05

This Week at Phipps: Oct. 5 – 11

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:

  • 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. 5:

  • Little Sprouts: Amazing Apples | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon
    Learn about the journey from seed to tree to apple. Explore the parts of an apple and learn some delicious ways to use your apples! 
  • Lunch and Learn: Seasonal Soups: New England Chowder | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    What’s more comforting than a warm bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day? Stay warm this fall and join Mark Snyder for our seasonal soups series. He will give you all the basics to building those terrific flavors to your soup. You will also learn all the tricks to making a great successful soup.
  • Della Robbia Wreath | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    A study in compositions which include fruits and berries, known as Della Robbia style. In addition to learning to construct this wreath, demonstrations during the class will include more applications and designs in this theme.
  • Hydrangeas | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Discover how easy it is to have hydrangea blooms all summer long! Learn when to prune and how to get that amazing pink, blue or purple color. We will cover the following topics: culture, pruning, use in your landscape, new varieties and unusual cultivars.

Tues., Oct. 6:

  • Lunch and Learn: Herbal Preparations: Herbal Steams, Gargles and Syrups | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Join Dina Ranade, Herbalist and Registered Dietician, to explore common culinary herbs from a medicinal perspective and discover their far reach beyond ordinary seasonings. Each class will include discussions on benefits, recipes for suggested uses and demonstrations of herbal preparations. Share a cup of tea and begin to build your own kitchen apothecary.
  • Ground Covers and Vines | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Ground covers and vines are very valuable and functional with varieties that can cover both vertical and horizontal surfaces and grow in sunny, shady, wet or dry conditions. Learn about the many possibilities that this exciting plant group presents and get to know some unique types that can enliven any landscape.

Wed., Oct. 7:

  • 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: Red  | noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Watermelons, tomatoes, red peppers, oh my! Learn about why red fruits and vegetables are so good for our bodies. 
  • Authentic Indian from Scratch Lunch and Learn: South Indian Spice Powders | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    In this Authentic Indian Cuisine lunch and learn series, Chef Jayashree Iyengar will be teaching us all about the spices, flavors and unique techniques to Indian cuisine. You’ll receive not only authentic recipes, but also newfound confidence in Indian cooking.
  • Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Fall is a wonderful time to get busy again in the garden after the heat of summer has subsided, Join us for a comprehensive review of fall garden activities. Sharpen up your pruning skills, review planting techniques for trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, get tips to thicken up your lawn, learn about soil testing, and discuss fall clean-up best practices that support both plant and pollinator health.

Sat., Oct. 10:

  • Fall Flower Show: The Poetry of Nature Opens
    Starting Sat., Oct. 10, Phipps’ Fall Flower Show: The Poetry of Nature will take you on a tranquil journey, captivating your senses with the vibrant colors, unique shapes and soothing sounds of the natural world as autumn approaches. 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 Opens
    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. 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman