UPDATE: Phipps is now open for your visit. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and new safety protocols are required. Learn more about how you can join us!

This Week at Phipps: Sept. 14 – 20
Sep 14

This Week at Phipps: Sept. 14 – 20

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:

  • Summer Flower Show: Back in Bloom
    Phipps invites you back to our glasshouse and gardens to find joy, refreshment and tranquility at Summer Flower Show: Back in Bloom.
  • The Photographs of Donald M. Robinson
    In this series in our Welcome Center Gallery, photographer Donald M. Robinson highlights the ever-changing nature of light and wildlife found throughout Pennsylvania.
  • 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.

Mon., Sept. 14:

  • Little Sprouts: Our First Fall Gardens | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon
    Some of our favorite fruits and veggies thrive in the cool fall weather! Come learn about crops and flowers that you can plant now!
  • Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics with Chef Mark Snyder: Sour Dough | 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!
  • Italian Cuisine at Home: Spaghetti alla Carbonara | 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.
  • Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Identify woody plants that reflect local native plant communities and survey the taxonomic features of these plants, including growth habit, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements.

Tues., Sept. 15:

  • Creating Floral Jewelry | 7 – 9 p.m.
    In this class, students will be shown how to create jewelry armatures on which to attach flowers. As time permits, students will see a necklace, bracelet and earrings created.
  • Organic Japanese Knotwood Management for Professionals | 7 – 9 p.m.
    This session will cover an organic method of Japanese knotweed management that focuses on timed mowing and an application of organic herbicide. Learn about the nuances in timing, the necessary equipment and more.

Wed., Sept. 16:

  • 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!
  • Let’s Move Pittsburgh Lunch and Learn: Mealtime Positivity | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
    Creating a positive meal-time environment can be challenging for any parent or child care provider. Learn strategies on how to navigate choosy eaters and keep food time fun in this 30 minute lunch-and-learn.
  • Authentic Indian from Scratch Cook-Along Series: North Indian Cuisine: Roti, Naan and Dhal | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    Join Chef Jayashree Iyengar as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Learn new spice combinations and bring authentic delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation.
  • Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Native plants are essential to a thriving backyard ecosystem – join us to learn more about what makes a plant “native” to western Pa. and how they support birds and butterflies. Discover our favorite native perennials, shrubs and trees for a variety of landscape uses, learn about Phipps’ Sustainable Plant finder, and connect with local and mail order nurseries to source great native plants – it’s not too late to plant this fall!

Thurs., Sept. 17:

  • Customizable Cooking: Minestrone Soup and Popovers | 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!
  • Vase Design Techniques and Application | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Learn the application of design techniques needed to create a variety of vase design styles, from more basic to higher skill level work. From classic garden to modern styles, build your knowledge with the use of foliage, armatures and creative techniques.
  • Virtual Environmental Film Series | 8 p.m.
    Join us for a screening of Living Soil.

Fri., Sept. 18:

Sat., Sept. 19: 

  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Using different techniques, you can make colored pencil tones look like a drawing or a painting, providing you with the versatility to create a wide variety of surface textures. Develop your color perception and become familiar with colored pencil tools, color applications and color theory fundamentals. Learn to layer colors to achieve different hues and densities and master a variety of techniques, including burnishing, impressed line and sgraffito.
  • Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing because it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail. Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective.

Sun., Sept. 20:

  • Drawing Deciduous Trees | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Students will study the various parts of a tree that are used by foresters and scientists to identify trees. Our goal will be to choose a native tree to our area to illustrate for a final project. 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman