This Week at Phipps: Sept. 9 - 15
Sep 09
2019

This Week at Phipps: Sept. 9 - 15

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. 9:

  • Ceremony and Sympathy  |  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Learn the protocol, mechanics and techniques you need to confidently create traditional basket, easel, casket, altar and pew displays. Class is scheduled twice per week to allow you to save time and money by reusing flowers with these larger arrangements. 
  • Kraut, Kimchi and Community Fermentation  |  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Keep the summer picnic going by learning how to ferment your own kraut and kimchi with Trevor Ring. Trevor will share his recipes for delicious fermented side dishes and explain community fermentation. Take home jars of your own creations and let the healthy bacteria take it from there.
  • Garden Knots  |  7 - 9 p.m. 
    A well-tied knot is as beautiful as it is effective. Spend an evening immersing yourself in the world of knots. Learn knot terminology and practice tying the most essential knots for any gardener to know with the support of a practicing arborist.


Tues., Sept. 10:

  • Ceremony and Sympathy |  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Learn the protocol, mechanics and techniques you need to confidently create traditional basket, easel, casket, altar and pew displays. Class is scheduled twice per week to allow you to save time and money by reusing flowers with these larger arrangements. 

Wed., Sept. 11:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Houseplant Bootcamp  |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Beginners and experienced plant lovers alike are invited to this fast and fun overview of how to care for happy houseplants. Learn how to prepare houseplants to come inside for the winter after they have been outside all summer. All of the fundamentals are covered, including basic botany, sensible plant selection, lighting, watering, fertilizing, grooming and troubleshooting. Learn through presentations and a hands-on repotting demonstration.
  • Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation  |  7 - 9:30 p.m.
    Explore practical aspects of the landscape design process, including site documentation, client interviews and program development. Develop a site inventory, analysis and conceptual diagram. Space is limited to eight participants; early registration is encouraged.

Thurs., Sept. 12:  

  • Capture the Light Mosaics  |  7 - 9 p.m.
    Create your own fall-themed 8” x 12” sun catcher using tumbled stained glass pieces as you learn more about this ancient mosaic art form in a fun, casual way.

Fri., Sept. 13: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Party in the Tropics: Renaissance Festival |  7 - 10 p.m.
    Our September Party in the Tropics will feature a jovial Renaissance Festival! Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and dress up in period garb, then snap a portrait at our photo op. Sip a potent Medieval Blend and munch on tasty treats as you stroll through the Tropical Forest at this magical evening of merriment. Plus, be sure to enter the raffle to win free tickets to Phipps!. 
  • 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:

  • Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation |  9 a.m. - noon
    Explore practical aspects of the landscape design process, including site documentation, client interviews and program development. Develop a site inventory, analysis and conceptual diagram. Space is limited to eight participants; early registration is encouraged.
  • Botanical Field Sketching/Studies  |  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
    Keep summer time going by heading to your favorite corner of Phipps Conservatory for field sketching. Field sketches are important tools in developing botanical illustrations and provide a great opportunity to hone your drawing and observation skills. Complete several pencil field sketches, accurately documenting plant characteristics such as posture, size, flower and leaf patterns, bark, and roots. Then, return to the classroom and use your notes to develop one sketch into a more refined drawing or painting in the medium of your choice.
  • Peek Behind the Petals  |  9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Discover the exciting international field work of our Botany in Action fellows at this special presentation exclusively for Phipps members. 
  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    The revolutionary Nature Lab at Phipps is now open for you to discover.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba Festival  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Join us for a full day of fun activities for all ages at our Tropical Forest Cuba Festival, featuring entertainment, food and more inspired by one of the world's most botanically and culturally rich forest regions. Learn the dance steps of the rumba, explore Cuban foods, and meet our Botany in Action Fellows and learn about their exciting field work around the globe.

Sun., Sept. 15:

  • Guided Open Studio  |  9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
    Making time to concentrate on your art can be tough! Join fellow botanical artists at these open studio sessions, and find the inspiration and support to start, continue and finish projects. Work on class work, your portfolio or something totally new. Current Flora students may attend as part of their Flora Project fee. Bring your artwork and materials and enjoy the time to create.
  • Origami  |  12:30  – 2:30 p.m. 
    Learn how to make origami with the Origami Club of Pittsburgh in Tropical Forest Cuba! 

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman


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