NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks are strongly recommended for all guests and required for unvaccinated guests ages 2 and up. Learn more about how you can join us!

Covering topics from photography and terrariums to bonsai and seed-starting, our Gardening and Botanical Classes schedule will excite and inspire you!

For more details about our programs, or to receive personalized class recommendations from our helpful staff, please feel free to contact us at edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Confirmations will be emailed the day before each class, including a Zoom link. Please check your spam/junk mail folder, and if you have not received the link, email edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Virtual classes are recorded and made available to all registered participants for one month after the program.

All times are Eastern Time Zone.

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Make Your Own Pop-Up Flower Card (Series) | Shawn Sheehy

Saturdays: Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Full Series: $260 members | $290 non-members (includes material fee)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards - perfect for gift giving - and you’ll also gain insights into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops. Take any or all three! All skill levels are welcome.

Feb. 12: bloodroot, columbine, jack-in-the-pulpit and winter aconite

March 12: wild ginger, coneflower, prickly pear and cattail

April 9: waterlily, iris, primrose and sweet flag

Make Your Own Pop-Up Flower Card | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, Feb. 12 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Single Session: $90 members | $100 non-members (includes material fee) 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards - perfect for gift giving - and you’ll also gain insights into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops. Take any or all three! All skill levels are welcome.

Feb. 12: bloodroot, columbine, jack-in-the-pulpit and winter aconite

Orchids 101: Orchid Diversity and Care | Timothy Choltco

Monday, Feb. 28 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Explore the wide variety of orchid species and learn more about what makes an orchid unique in the plant kingdom. Plus, learn the essentials for growing orchids at home, including how to successfully repot an orchid.

Make Your Own Pop-Up Flower Card | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, March 12 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Single Session: $90 members | $100 non-members (includes material fee) 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards - perfect for gift giving - and you’ll also gain insights into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops. Take any or all three! All skill levels are welcome.

March 12: wild ginger, coneflower, prickly pear and cattail

Free Lunch and Learn: What is Forest Therapy? | Martha O’Grady

Wednesday, March 16 | 12 – 12:30 p.m.

Free, registration required

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Learn more about the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, known as “forest bathing” from local practitioners Martha O’Grady and Charlie Yuill. Hear more about this research-based process that helps its practitioners get in touch with their bodies and our place in the living fabric of the life, and ask questions to see if this practice may be a good fit for you!

House Plants 101 | Wylie Garrett

Thursday, March 24 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Live webinar presented through Zoom

Level: Beginner

Worried you don’t have a green thumb? House plant enthusiast Wylie Garrett will talk you through all the essentials for keeping your house (or office!) plants happy and healthy. Learn how to assess your current light conditions, master watering and fertilization, and pick up some finer points on house plant troubleshooting. Wylie will introduce you to some of the easiest to grow plants for different light conditions and demonstrate how to repot plants.

Shinrin Yoku: Guided Forest Therapy Walks | Martha O’Grady and Charlie Yuill

March 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 non-members

Meet in front of Phipps Welcome Center, Walk in Schenley Park

Level: Beginner - intermediate

Come join Forest Awakenings for a relaxing nature retreat shaped by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. Over the course of three mindful hours, we’ll slow down and connect with the More Than Human World in a deeper, more intimate way. Following a research-based process, we’ll get in touch with our bodies and our place in the living fabric of the life. Our walk will conclude with a gratitude offering and open-hearted sharing over tea brewed from local plants. For more information, visit www.ForestAwakening.com

Instructor Bios:

Martha O’Grady became certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as a forest therapy guide to share her deep connection to our living, breathing planet. By helping people fall in love with the more than human world, she strives to inspire conservation while easing stress and anxiety.  Martha has a long-standing meditation practice which has taken her to sacred sites around the world.  When not out exploring, she works as a writer and producer. 

Charlie Yuill’s pathway to becoming a certified forest guide began with his youth as part of a family that was often in the wilds on travels.  His educational background includes geology, landscape architecture, and environmental planning and design. As a faculty member of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University, Charlie’s work has focused on education and tending to aspects of the natural world.  His current professional activities focus primarily on the landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains.

Backyard Gardening Series | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Wednesdays: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Full Series: $70 members | $85 non-members

March 30: Indoor Seed Starting | Gabe Tilove 

Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment to successfully start and care for vegetable annual seedlings. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot seedling problems that commonly occur.

April 6: Spring Vegetable Gardening | Allison Glick

Don’t wait until Mother’s Day to plant your garden – make use of the spring season and plant early, cold-weather crops that can give you an early start or extra harvest in your garden this season. Explore the best crops for early planting, and discuss cold weather crop protection strategies. 

April 13: Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | Gabe Tilove 

Raised beds offer a number of advantages over typical in-ground garden beds – improved drainage, greater control over soil and fertility, and easier weed and critter control. Explore the range of materials you can use to build raised and best practices for filling and maintain them. This presentation will also briefly cover trellising, season extension and fencing options. 

April 20: Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Gabe Tilove and Allison Glick 

Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods: how to arrange your crops within your space using the square foot gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, how to minimize weeds, pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your own plan will be included.

April 27: Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock

Fruits are one of the most satisfying crops you can grow at home! Learn the differences between types of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and how to purchase, plant, and maintain them. An overview of other less common fruits will also be included.

Backyard Gardening Series: Indoor Seed Starting | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Wednesday, March 30 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Individual Class: $15 members | $20 non-members

March 30: Indoor Seed Starting | Gabe Tilove 

Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment to successfully start and care for vegetable annual seedlings. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot seedling problems that commonly occur.

Backyard Gardening Series: Spring Vegetable Gardening | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Wednesday, April 6 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Individual Class: $15 members | $20 non-members

April 6: Spring Vegetable Gardening | Allison Glick

Don’t wait until Mother’s Day to plant your garden – make use of the spring season and plant early, cold-weather crops that can give you an early start or extra harvest in your garden this season. Explore the best crops for early planting, and discuss cold weather crop protection strategies. 

Make Your Own Pop-Up Flower Card | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, April 9 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Single Session: $90 members | $100 non-members (includes material fee) 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards - perfect for gift giving - and you’ll also gain insights into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops. Take any or all three! All skill levels are welcome.

April 9: waterlily, iris, primrose and sweet flag

Backyard Gardening Series: Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Wednesday, April 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Individual Class: $15 members | $20 non-members

April 13: Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | Gabe Tilove 

Raised beds offer a number of advantages over typical in-ground garden beds – improved drainage, greater control over soil and fertility, and easier weed and critter control. Explore the range of materials you can use to build raised and best practices for filling and maintain them. This presentation will also briefly cover trellising, season extension and fencing options.

Shinrin Yoku: Guided Forest Therapy Walks | Martha O’Grady and Charlie Yuill

Apr. 16 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 non-members

Meet in front of Phipps Welcome Center, Walk in Schenley Park

Level: Beginner - intermediate

Come join Forest Awakenings for a relaxing nature retreat shaped by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. Over the course of three mindful hours, we’ll slow down and connect with the More Than Human World in a deeper, more intimate way. Following a research-based process, we’ll get in touch with our bodies and our place in the living fabric of the life. Our walk will conclude with a gratitude offering and open-hearted sharing over tea brewed from local plants. For more information, visit www.ForestAwakening.com

Instructor Bios:

Martha O’Grady became certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as a forest therapy guide to share her deep connection to our living, breathing planet. By helping people fall in love with the more than human world, she strives to inspire conservation while easing stress and anxiety.  Martha has a long-standing meditation practice which has taken her to sacred sites around the world.  When not out exploring, she works as a writer and producer. 

Charlie Yuill’s pathway to becoming a certified forest guide began with his youth as part of a family that was often in the wilds on travels.  His educational background includes geology, landscape architecture, and environmental planning and design. As a faculty member of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University, Charlie’s work has focused on education and tending to aspects of the natural world.  His current professional activities focus primarily on the landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains.

Backyard Gardening Series: Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Wednesday, April 20 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Individual Class: $15 members | $20 non-members

April 20: Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Gabe Tilove and Allison Glick 

Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods: how to arrange your crops within your space using the square foot gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, how to minimize weeds, pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your own plan will be included.

Backyard Gardening Series: Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Wednesday, April 27 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Individual Class: $15 members | $20 non-members

April 27: Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock

Fruits are one of the most satisfying crops you can grow at home! Learn the differences between types of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and how to purchase, plant, and maintain them. An overview of other less common fruits will also be included.

Shinrin Yoku: Guided Forest Therapy Walks | Martha O’Grady and Charlie Yuill

May 21 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$30 members | $35 non-members

Meet in front of Phipps Welcome Center, Walk in Schenley Park

Level: Beginner - intermediate

Come join Forest Awakenings for a relaxing nature retreat shaped by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku. Over the course of three mindful hours, we’ll slow down and connect with the More Than Human World in a deeper, more intimate way. Following a research-based process, we’ll get in touch with our bodies and our place in the living fabric of the life. Our walk will conclude with a gratitude offering and open-hearted sharing over tea brewed from local plants. For more information, visit www.ForestAwakening.com

Instructor Bios:

Martha O’Grady became certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy as a forest therapy guide to share her deep connection to our living, breathing planet. By helping people fall in love with the more than human world, she strives to inspire conservation while easing stress and anxiety.  Martha has a long-standing meditation practice which has taken her to sacred sites around the world.  When not out exploring, she works as a writer and producer. 

Charlie Yuill’s pathway to becoming a certified forest guide began with his youth as part of a family that was often in the wilds on travels.  His educational background includes geology, landscape architecture, and environmental planning and design. As a faculty member of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University, Charlie’s work has focused on education and tending to aspects of the natural world.  His current professional activities focus primarily on the landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains.