Enjoy beautiful illustrations of the foraged flora of southwestern Pennsylvania!

Now open in Phipps' Garden Center, plant lovers of all ages can enjoy stunning illustrations of foraged plants commonly found in southwestern Pennsylvania. Foraged Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania is part of the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Botanical Art and Illustration Program and the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society.

Pennsylvania’s diverse ecosystem is a treasure trove of edible plants with unique flavors and nutritional benefits. Some plants have been part of the local diet for centuries, utilized by indigenous peoples long before European settlers arrived.  Today foraging for wild edibles offers a way to connect with the land while tapping into food sources. This year’s exhibit features edible plant portraits in graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, gouache and pen and ink.

For more information regarding the Phipps Botanical Illustration Program or other adult classes, please call 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 or visit phipps.conservatory.org

Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), watercolor and graphite, illustration by Anne Semmler

Common blue violet (Viola sororia), gouache on black paper, illlustration by Barbara Collins

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), colored pencil, illustration by Brenda Nemeth 

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), watercolor and colored pencil, illustration by Betsy Doherty

Gingko tree (Ginkgo biloba), colored pencil, illustration by Betty Yee Yates

Ramps (Allium triccocum), colored pencil on black paper, illustration by Carol Watkins

Prickly pear (Opuntia species), colored pencil and watercolor pencil, illustration by Christi Ptacek

Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus), pen and ink and watercolor, illustration by Dana Lynn Driscoll

Hosta species (Hosta), colored pencil, illustration by Dona Straley

American beauty berry (Callicarpa americana), colored pencil and micron pen, illustration by Elsa Arce 

Wintergreen (Gaulthera procumbens), colored pencil, illustration by Eryn Hughes 

Rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), colored pencil, illustration by Gloria Rogulin Blake 

Orange day lily (Hermerocallis fulva), colored pencil, illustration by Jim Hansotte

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), watercolor and colored pencil, illustration by Judie Charlton

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), colored pencil, illustration by Linda Tobin

Candy apple bolete mushrooms (Buytyriboletus frostii), watercolor, illustration by Lisa Rassmussen 

Dahlia species (Dahlia), watercolor, illustration by Mary Reefer 

Yellow morel (Morechella esculenta), copper, gold and silverpoint on film, illustration by Melissa Fabian 

Purple passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), colored pencil and watercolor pencil, illustration by Mollie Wallace 

Eastern black walnut (Juglans nigra), gouache, illustration by Pamela DeSimone Romeo

Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis), watercolor and colored pencil, illustration by Robin Menard 

Saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana), watercolor, illustration by Rosemarie Mazza 

Korean dogwood tree (Cornus kousa), watercolor, gouache and graphite, illustration by Stephanie S. Lind 

For more information regarding Phipps' Botanical Art and Illustration Program or other adult classes, please visit phipps.conservatory.org/Learn or call 412-441-4442 ext. 3925.

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Story Time

    WEDNESDAYS; 10:30 A.M. AND 1 P.M.

    Kids will love visiting Phipps to listen to our storyteller weave tales about gardens, animals and other fun topics. Open to the first 40 ticketed participants (whether children or guardians) and must be booked in advance using our online ticketing system.
  • Butterfly Forest


    Watch colorful butterflies break free of their chrysalises to soar and glide among beautiful Phipps blooms. One may even land on you!
  • Phipps After Dark: Pittsburgh Pride Night

    Fri., June 28; 7 – 10 p.m.

    Join us for a special evening celebration as Pride Month draws to a close! Guests are encouraged to grab a drink at Cafe Phipps and join us to enjoy a fun photo-booth, a live DJ, and our spectacular Under the Sea displays!