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.

Horticultural Tour of Fallingwater | Ann Talarek

Tues., April 30 (Rain date: May 14) | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$40 members | $45 nonmembers
Meet in the Fallingwater Admission Pavilion

Level: Beginner

Few visitors take the opportunity to enjoy the stunning natural surroundings of this iconic house. Join Phipps for a special landscape tour led by Fallingwater’s horticulturist, focusing on the historic landscape that surrounds the house. Trillium, bluebells, lady slipper orchids and woodland violets are just a few of the native woodland flowers in bloom that you’ll see on the hike. Also, get unique insight on the cultural landscape of Fallingwater as well as stunning views of the Youghiogheny River and Bear Run. If you are interested in house tours afterwards, please arrange directly with the Fallingwater ticketing office.

Registration is now closed for this tour.

Wildflower Trail Hike | Cyndi Fink

Sat., May 4 | 1 – 4 p.m. (Rain date: May 18)

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Raccoon Creek State Park

Level: Beginner

Raccoon Creek State Park is home to a 314-acre wildflower reserve that contains one of the most diverse stands of wildflowers in western Pennsylvania. Join us at the peak of spring wildflower season for a walk along the trails in the reserve and learn about the plants that call this place home. Travel through a variety of habitats, including oak-hickory forest, pine plantations, woodland meadows and flood plain forest. The hike is approximately one—two miles long and takes about two hours, with some steep, uneven or muddy trail conditions. Pets are not allowed in the reserve. Detailed directions are provided upon registration.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Wildflower Trail Hike.

Beginning Bonsai: Juniper | Kevin Haughey

Saturday, April 27 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.

This class is now filled. Please see additional sessions below.  Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Beginning Bonsai class.

Tropical Bonsai: Oriental Fig | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Saturday, May 18 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Tropical Bonsai: Oriental Fig class.

Catch the Sun Mosaics | Daviea Davis

Tues., May 7  | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Level: Beginner

Create your own summer-themed 8” x 12” sun-catcher using tumbled stained glass pieces.

This class has been canceled. Please see the additional session below.

Catch the Sun Mosaics | Daviea Davis

Mon., May 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Level: Beginner

Create your own summer-themed 8” x 12” sun-catcher using tumbled stained glass pieces.

Make Your Own Succulent Wreath | Monica Colantoni

Tues. May 7 | 1 – 3 p.m.

$70 members | $80 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Registration will close 2 weeks before the class date. Please register early.
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Succulents are striking, water-storing plants that make their mark in many unusual indoor and outdoor plantings. Learn about these beautiful, drought-resistant plants and use them to create your very own living wreath. Plus, discover other ways to use succulents in your home and garden.

This class is now filled. Please see additional session below. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Make Your Own Succulent Wreath class.

Make Your Own Succulent Wreath | Monica Colantoni

Mon. May 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$70 members | $80 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Registration will close 2 weeks before the class date. Please register early.
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Succulents are striking, water-storing plants that make their mark in many unusual indoor and outdoor plantings. Learn about these beautiful, drought-resistant plants and use them to create your very own living wreath. Plus, discover other ways to use succulents in your home and garden.

This class is now filled. Please see additional session below. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Make Your Own Succulent Wreath class.

Make Your Own Succulent Wreath | Monica Colantoni

Tues., May 28 | 7 – 9 p.m. New Session Added!

$70 members | $80 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Registration will close 2 weeks before the class date. Please register early.
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Succulents are striking, water-storing plants that make their mark in many unusual indoor and outdoor plantings. Learn about these beautiful, drought-resistant plants and use them to create your very own living wreath. Plus, discover other ways to use succulents in your home and garden.

Growing Figs in Your Garden | Pat Morgan

Mon., May 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$15 members | $20 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Have you ever eaten a luscious, juicy, fresh fig? It tastes nothing like your everyday Fig Newton! Learn about the fig and its origins, cultural history, unusual characteristics and varieties specific to northern climes (yes, it is possible to grow fig trees in the north!). Then explore how and when to propagate, prune, harvest and preserve figs, and look at several ways to overwinter and protect them.

Nature Journaling at Schenley Park | Jeanne Perrier

Sat., May 25 (Rain date: May 26) | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$60 members | $70 nonmembers
Schenley Park
Level: Beginner to advanced

Spend the day in Schenley Park observing and documenting natives and other plants. Discuss different ways to nature journal, then head into the field to practice slowing down, discovering, identifying and learning. Completed work will serve as a reference for future drawings and for scientific information. The day will begin and end at the Schenley Park Visitor Center across from Phipps’ Botany Hall.

Beginning Bonsai: Juniper | Kevin Haughey

Sat., May 11 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Level: Beginner

Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Beginning Bonsai: Juniper class.

Beginning Bonsai: Juniper | Kevin Haughey

Sat., May 11 | 2 - 4 p.m. Additional Class Added!

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Level: Beginner

Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Beginning Bonsai: Juniper class.

Intensive Beginning Bonsai: Juniper | Bob Dietz

Sun., June 23 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Level: Beginner

Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Intensive Beginning Bonsai class.

Tropical Bonsai: Oriental Fig | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Sat., June 29 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Level: Beginner

Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Tropical Bonsai: Oriental Fig class.

Tropical Bonsai: Dwarf Jade | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Sat., July 27 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | Material fee: $40
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Level: Beginner

Master the ancient art of bonsai in our hands-on workshops, and learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. Style your own tree and take it home to build your collection. All classes are suitable for beginners. Materials are provided, but bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about spaces in this class or the next Tropical Bonsai: Dwarf Jade class.

Carnivorous Plants | Julianna Razryadov

Thurs., June 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Carnivorous plants may appear prehistoric and exotic, but they may actually exist in your own backyard! Learn about how and why plants have developed the ability to digest insects and animals, and discover carnivorous plants that you can find in the local area. Explore Phipps’ new bog installation with the guidance of Phipps’ Curator of Horticulture Julianna Razryadov.

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Vincent Van Gogh and Japonisme | Brenda Jordan

Tues., June 11 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium
Level: Beginner

Explore the relationship between Vincent Van Gogh and Japonisme, including how Van Gogh himself thought about Japan and Japanese art, what Japanese art he collected and how his interactions with Japanese art may have impacted his paintings of plants. Then enjoy a guided tour of Summer Flower Show: Van Gogh in Bloom.

Bees, Moths, and Butterflies | Dr. Ryan Gott, Phipps' Associate Director of Integrated Pest Management

Thurs., June 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Outdoor garden walk: Sat., June 15 | 10 – 11 a.m.
$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium and the outdoor gardens
Level: Beginner

Get to know the local bees, moths and butterflies of Pennsylvania. Learn basic anatomy so you can distinguish each of these groups of insects with clarity. You’ll learn about important species and actions you can take at home to support beneficial insects. Plus, take a guided walk in Phipps’ outdoor gardens to observe, appreciate and identify insects.

Macro Photography | Bob Egan

Wednesdays: July 10, 17, 24 and 31 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$120 members | $140 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn about the equipment and techniques you need to take photos of small objects and make them appear larger. Then, explore the Conservatory and practice those techniques with cameras and tripods. Your photographs will be reviewed and critiqued in a friendly, encouraging environment each week. This hands-on class is open to people of all levels of experience. Please bring cameras and close-up equipment to each session. Any type of camera is capable of producing great macro shots.

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Bringing Van Gogh into Your Garden | Lynn Purse

Tues., Aug. 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium

Garden designers often draw on the work of artists as inspiration for their designs. Vincent Van Gogh is beloved for his bold use of color and shape when painting flowers and landscapes in France. Learn how to bring his artist’s eye for color, shape, light and proportion into your own backyard by referencing his paintings. Based on practical tips and the exploration of artists’ gardens, find the inspiration you need to bring the gallery to your garden. Then enjoy a guided tour of Summer Flower Show: Van Gogh in Bloom.