This Week at Phipps: Sept. 18 – 24
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 Hours 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Except Sat., Sept. 23):
- SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
Ten years after Chihuly at Phipps, master glass artist Jason Gamrath brings a new twist to the art form, creating remarkably accurate botanical pieces on a massive scale, standing up to 14 feet tall.
- SUPER. NATURAL. Nights | Open Until 11 p.m. Nightly Except Sat., Sept. 23
Stay for the evening and experience the beauty in a whole new light as the sun goes down and the mesmerizing SUPER. NATURAL. glass art begins to glow.
- 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!
- Native Edible Plants: A Botanical Art Exhibit
On display in our Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery, this collection of work from students of our Botanical Art and Illustration program highlights native edible plants of southwestern Pennsylvania.
- Tropical Forest Congo
Explore some of Africa’s lushest landscapes and see botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps.
Mon., Sept. 18:
- Make-a-Craft Mondays | 10:30 a.m. – noon
Create your very own Phipps masterpiece! Every Monday, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.
Wed., Sept. 20:
- Story Time Wednesdays | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.
- Green Market at Phipps | 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Refresh your lifestyle! Visit our front lawn to browse a colorful cornucopia of organic and sustainable goods from local vendors.
Fri., Sept. 22:
- Pot-a-Plant Fridays | 10:30 a.m. – noon
Every Friday, children are introduced to the important connections between people, plants and the planet by potting their own fun plants to take home.
- Kids' Night Out: Nature Art | 6 – 8 p.m. | R.S.V.P. required
Ages 4 – 13 are invited to investigate, identify and create art projects with unique objects found in nature, with fun projects including painting with natural materials found in the Conservatory, creating upcycled tote bags and developing a pollination city.
Sat., Sept. 23:
- A Trip through the September Garden | 10 a.m. – noon | R.S.V.P. required
Tour Lynn Purse’s Ridgewood Gardens, typically overflowing with hydrangea, Echinacea, rudbeckia, clematis, ornamental grasses, goldenrod, agastache and shrub roses inter-planted with annual and tropical plants.
- SEED Classroom and Observational Beehive Open Hours | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Phipps' revolutionary non-toxic SEED Classroom and observational beehive are now open for you to discover. Drop in!
- Chocolate | 1:30 p.m.
Hear the story of the chocolate tree.
Sun., Sept. 24:
- Vermicomposting | 1:30 p.m.
Explore the basics of composting with worms.
Photos © Paul g. Wiegman