NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks must be worn by all guests ages 2 and up, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. 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.

Current Classes

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Classes Currently in Progress

  • Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey | Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16 and 30 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Trellising and Other Vertical Growing Strategies | Dan Dalton

Mon., June 21 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$15 members | $20 nonmembers

Presented as a live Webinar through Zoom

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

When growing space is limited, the only direction to grow is up! Whether you grow in-ground, in raised beds, in planters or in pots, there's a trellis or vertical growing strategy that will fit your needs. We'll discuss inexpensive structures and strategies for getting the most out of your growing spaces this year!

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Backyard Composting Workshop | Nancy Martin, PA Resources Council

Tues., July 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers (optional: $70 for a home composting bin)*

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Are you unsure what to do with your kitchen, garden and yard scraps? Would you like natural, home-made compost for your lawns and gardens in the spring? Join us for this information-packed webinar where you’ll learn best practices for backyard composting and get all of your composting questions answered.  

* Students have the option to purchase a home composting bin through the Pennsylvania Resources Council at time of registration. Contactless pick-up will be available from Phipps Garden Center on Fri., July 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. or by appointment at the PRC Office. 

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Make Your Own Live Plant Terrarium | Monica Colantoni

Thurs., Aug. 5 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

$45 members | $50 nonmembers (materials included)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Learn how to create a living garden under glass while discussing plant selection, visual design, proper care and different styles of terrariums, such as open versus closed and wet versus dry. Students should source their own container — anything from a glass bowl to an apothecary jar is appropriate. All other materials (including soil, moss, rocks and plants) will be provided in a material kit for pick-up.

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Photo by Sarah Needham

D.I.Y. Dried Moss Wall Art | Sarah Needham

Tues., Aug. 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$60 members | $65 nonmembers (includes materials)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Moss art brings the beauty and texture of nature into your home. You will get a complete material kit, including a shadowbox frame to create your own beautiful slice of nature to hang on your wall. Beyond dried moss, you will also receive stones, twigs and other natural materials. Feel free to collect your own materials to add to the arrangement. 

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Season Extension: Wickets, Hoops and Tunnels | Dan Dalton

Mon., Aug. 23 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Just because the temperature is going to drop doesn't mean you have to close up the garden! There are many cost-effective ways to extend the season using D.I.Y. season extension tools like wickets, hoops and tunnels. We'll discuss how to select the right crops for late-season production, which season-extension strategies are right for you and how to make your own season extension tools with off-the-shelf materials and basic tools. 

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey

Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16 and 30 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

$110 members | $125 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Learn or improve your knowledge and love of photography and your use of your digital camera. Topics to be covered include exposure, camera settings, composition and troubleshooting. Learn how to capture motion, about depth of field and focus, how to use histograms and exposure compensation. As you practice, you will receive instructor feedback on weekly photographic assignments. People with all levels of experience and all types of digital cameras are welcome.