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This Week at Phipps: Sept. 16 – 22
Sep 16

This Week at Phipps: Sept. 16 – 22

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:

  • Van Gogh in Bloom
    Experience the captivating work of Vincent van Gogh brought to three-dimensional life through vibrant blooms, majestic trees and hand-crafted props as recreations of his legendary paintings take center stage at Phipps.
  • The Plants That Inspired Van Gogh: A Photographic Exploration
    In our Welcome Center Gallery, local photographer and Phipps volunteer Paul g. Wiegman highlights the essence of the plants that Vincent van Gogh was inspired to paint.
  • Homegrown: The Power of Community
    In the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, discover the impact of Phipps' edible garden program on the health of our region's families.
  • Planets Earth
    A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Mon., Sept. 16:

  • Make a Craft Monday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Guests will enjoy creating a bird-themed craft as they learn about the different equipment ornithologists use to study and track birds. 
  • Fall Gardening: Season Extension  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Just because the first frost is approaching doesn’t mean that your garden harvest needs to come to a halt. Learn more about crops that can succeed late into the year and how to create low-cost structures such as cold frames and low-tunnels that can keep you harvesting into winter.
  • Kombucha and Probiotic Beverages  |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
    Explore the possibilities of these beloved and beneficial fermented beverages with returning instructor Trevor Ring and understand the simple process involved in creating delicious, bubbly and nutritional elixirs. Learn how to use wild fermentation and starter cultures to make your own fruit-based kombucha. Turn your favorite seasonal fruits into a fun, fruity and fizzy frenzy!
  • Basic Horticulture | 6:30 – 9 p.m.
    The study of horticulture includes both the science and the art of growing plants. Learn about plant anatomy and lifecycles, propagation, soils, plant nutrition, greenhouse pests, environmental factors that affect growth and development, basic nomenclature, and more.

Wed., Sept. 18:

  • Story Time Wednesday  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Learn about wildlife as you read a squirrel-themed story and discuss wildlife biology! Motion-activated cameras used by wildlife biologists will be at the station so guests can learn about how scientists study animals remotely or in more than one place. 
  • Advanced Floral Design  |  6 – 8:30 p.m.
    Expand your knowledge in the art of floral design by learning the proper application of design mechanics and use of creative design techniques in today’s compositions. Learn the use of natural and botanical elements in your design work, and understand how different materials can be applied. Designs will feature advanced level of mechanics and techniques each week
  • Canning Salsa: Preserving Summer's Flavors  |  6:30 – 9 p.m.
    Spice up your canning routine and enjoy the summer harvest year-round with this delicious salsa recipe. Gabe will cover canning basics and everyone will get their hands in on the action as we learn to preserve this snacking staple. Take home two jars of your own salsa to enjoy later or share with friends.

Thurs., Sept. 12:  

  • September Meeting: Connecting Children to Gardening in Schools and at Home  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    The 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series is an opportunity to network with community members, Phipps staff and professional guest speakers who will present their important work and share the latest recommendations for how to build healthy environments for children. Free snacks and refreshments will be served and complimentary childcare is available upon request!

Fri., Sept. 13: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Environmental Film Series: Science Fair |  7 - 9 p.m.
    Hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" and an "ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends," and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films' Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair.
  • Friday Extended Hours  |  Open until 10 p.m.
    Enjoy the gardens by twilight — it's the perfect way to wind down the week!

Sat., Sept. 14:

  • Salsa Still Life |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Use your composition and colored pencil skills to complete a still life of primarily vegetables. Bring the ingredients of your favorite salsa, arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing manner and create a drawing from the arrangement. You may include the recipe if you wish.
  • Beginning Bonsai: Juniper  |  10 a.m. – noon
    Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to begin or build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.
  • Meet a Scientist  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Speak with the Science Communication Fellows and learn more about the research they are conducting. 

Sun., Sept. 15:

  • Salsa Still Life |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Use your composition and colored pencil skills to complete a still life of primarily vegetables. Bring the ingredients of your favorite salsa, arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing manner and create a drawing from the arrangement. You may include the recipe if you wish.
  • Floral Design Showcase: Inspired by Nature  |  noon. – 3 p.m. 
    In partnership with The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Education Partners Program, Phipps invites you to nurture your creative spirit and join us for an afternoon of floral education inspired by nature for the fall and upcoming holiday season. We welcome the floral artistry of Dan Firth AIFD, an accomplished educational designer, with his creative designs, tips, tools and techniques to grow your floral design artistry. From natural to woodland contemporary designs for the season, Dan will create floral décor with products from the earth and integrate natural and locally sourced floral materials and botanicals into his designs. Light refreshments will be served..

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman