This Week at Phipps: Sept. 11 – 17
Sep 11

This Week at Phipps: Sept. 11 – 17

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: 

  • EXTENDED THROUGH SEPT. 10! Flowers Meet Fashion: Inspired by Billy Porter
    This spectacular new show will feature brilliant horticultural displays and breathtaking fashion designs inspired by Billy Porter's local roots and iconic array of accomplishments as an award-winning actor, singer, director, composer and playwright.
  • Top it Off: Area Schools Create Sustainable Fashions
    Area middle and high school students were challenged to create their own fabulous, wearable hats made from repurposed materials as part of the Fairchild Challenge. They were encouraged to let their interests and aesthetics inspire them to create a hat that makes a statement. 
  • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's Native Plants 
    Currently on display at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, plant lovers of all ages can enjoy stunning illustrations of plants growing at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's Native Plants is part of the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden's Botanical Art and Illustration Program and the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society.
  • Tropical Forest Hawai‘i: Aloha ‘Aina
    Tropical Forest Hawai‘i: Aloha ‘Aina invites guests to take an exciting, immersive journey through the rich history, nature and culture of the Hawaiian archipelago. 
  • 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.

Wed., Sept. 13: 

  • In-Person Story Time | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Kids will love visiting Phipps to listen to our storyteller weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics. Attend weekly sessions with a special child in your life!
  • Salsa Canning Workshop | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Join Lexy Baird, Master Food Studies graduate, in discussing the basics of tomato preservation and learn how to safely process tomatoes using research-based canning methods. Create your own unique salsa to take home!
  • Pollinator Gardens for the Anthropocene | 6 – 8 p.m. 
    In this presentation Claudia and Harland will discuss how a truly biodiverse and ecologically functional pollinator garden can be built on twin foundations of science and design. While The Arboretum at Penn State’s new Pollinator and Bird Garden will serve as a case study, the presenters will focus on principles and practices that can be employed in any large or small project.
  • Basic Floral Design: An Introduction to the Western Geometric Arranging | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Many forms of floral arrangement are based on western geometric style. Use this as a solid foundation to learn design principles, flower conditioning and mechanical techniques.

Thurs., Sept. 14: 

  • Make Your Own Flower Press | 6 – 8 p.m.
    In this workshop, Sarah teaches the foundations of flower and leaf pressing, plus making your own press! Keep to memories, like a time capsule. Events such as weddings, baby showers and even funerals, can be preserved for a lifetime. 

Sat., Sept. 16: 

  • Introduction to Printmaking: Focus on Fungi | 9 – Noon
    In this introductory course, we will create a one-color mushroom that can be printed multiple times. This course will take you through the multi-step process of creating a design, carving a plate and printing your design using the linoleum block method of printmaking.
  • Painting Fall Treasure | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    In this class we will consider how to capture the brightness, texture and structure of these fall treasures in watercolour. We will look at how to plan pleasing compositions with our chosen specimens, as well as options for alternative background colours.


Photo ©  Paul g. Wiegman