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This Week at Phipps: Sept. 23 — 29
Sep 23

This Week at Phipps: Sept. 23 — 29

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. 23:

  • 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. 
  • Hearty Roasted Fall Veggies  |  6 – 9 p.m.
    Join John Reicherter, Executive Chef at The Porch in Siena, as he brings a fresh fall harvest to the table. With sustainability, seasonality and locality as top priorities, he will roast all of your fall favorites grown right in The Porch’s onsite garden with help from Phipps’ Rooftop Edible Garden. Learn how to use the whole vegetable to create different veggie-based dishes that will be sure to satisfy your fall flavor cravings.

Tues., Sept. 24

  • Wild and Neat: The Solution to Successful Stormwater Management Planting | 6 – 8 p.m.
    Join critically-acclaimed author and designer Claudia West for a talk on the benefits of native plant gardens for stormwater management.
  • Bulbs: Planting and Care | 7 – 9 p.m.
    Bulbs provide color in the garden from early spring until the first frost. Fall is the time to plant winter-hardy bulbs for your spring display and to start thinking about how to store the tender bulbs that give tropical flair to the summer garden so they’ll be ready for planting next year. Whether you’re new to bulbs or an old hand, learn the basics and gather some new tips.

Wed., Sept. 25:

  • 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
  • Gluten Free Pie Crust  |  6 – 9 p.m.
    Learn to make simple short crust pastry and a fall galette. This versatile recipe can easily work as the double crust on a pie or the base for a quiche.

Thurs., Sept. 26:  

  • Papermaking for All Occasions |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Learn about traditional and modern papermaking techniques, color, texture, surface design and composition as you create your own recycled paper out of plant fibers collected from your home and garden. Plus, explore the process of producing pulp from both dry and green fibers, learn how to use pressed and dried leaves and flowers as embellishments, discover how to make seeded papers, and experiment with various methods, such as dyeing plant fibers and wet-on-wet collage. Dry handmade paper sheets will be hand-bound into sample/recipe books with more handcrafted papers to keep and share.

Fri., Sept. 27: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Friday  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • 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. 28:

  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is now open for you to discover.
  • Planning Your Spring Garden  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Learn how to plan in advance for your spring garden during this free with admission public program. 

Sun., Sept. 29:

  • Mosses and Moss Gardening |  1:30 – 3:30  p.m.
    Learn all about mosses and moss gardening during this free with admission public program! 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman