This Week at Phipps: Sept. 2 – 8
Sep 03

This Week at Phipps: Sept. 2 – 8

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!

Tues., Sept. 3:

  • Watershed Awareness / Rain Barrel Workshop |  7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Harvesting rainwater can save money, benefits water quality in our region and makes good sense for backyards and gardens. Learn why rain barrels are especially important in Allegheny County, how to live on the land in a way that protects our waterways, how to install a rain barrel, and how to best store and use rainwater.

Wed., Sept. 4:

  • 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.
  • Make and Take Meal Prep  |  6 – 9 p.m.
    Become a meal prep master with Rikki Rabbin, licensed dietitian nutritionist, as she shares her tips and tricks on making healthy, tasty meals for the whole week.
  • The Garden of Good and Evil  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Create arrangements using various edible and medicinal flowers and their poisonous counterparts. Gain a better understanding of the products you use and any special precautions that you should take when handling these plants. 

Thurs., Sept. 5:  

  • Biophilia  |  5:30 – 7 p.m.
    Join us at Café Phipps with Dr. Steven C. Latta, director of conservation and field research at the National Aviary, for a talk about how Industrial-scale agriculture is now one of the greatest threats to birds worldwide. 

Fri., Sept. 6: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Fall Round Up  |  1 – 7 p.m.  |  Phipps Garden Center
    Stop by Phipps Garden Center’s Shop in the Park for special sales on items from Phipps and other local vendors. 
  • 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. 7:

  • Fall Round Up  |  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Phipps Garden Center
    Stop by Phipps Garden Center’s Shop in the Park for special sales on items from Phipps and other local vendors.
  • Healthy Eating for Kids  |  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
    Join Let's Move Pittsburgh in Tropical Forest Cuba and learn about healthy food options for children.
  • Winterize Your Plants  |  1:30 – 3 p.m. 
    Learn how to prepare your plants for the winter months with Tim Choltco.  
  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is now open for you to discover.
  • Good Food Festival  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | 7100 Block of Kelly Street in Homewood 
    Join us for an afternoon of deliciously fun family activities celebrating the neighborhood’s rich food culture and thriving urban agricultural scene. 

Sun., Sept. 8:

  • Family Dance Fusion  |  9 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
    Join us for a free, family friendly dance fusion session in one of the city's most beautiful spaces.
  • Fall Round Up  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  | Phipps Garden Center 
    Stop by Phipps Garden Center’s Shop in the Park for special sales on items from Phipps and other local vendors.
  • Papermaking  |  1:30 – 3 p.m.
    Learn about the art of Papermaking with Katie Dement. 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman