NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks are now optional but recommended. 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.

Current Classes

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Make Your Own Succulent Wreath | Monica Colantoni

Thurs., May 19 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $50

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 

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.

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

May 21 | 12:30 - 3:30 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.

Catch the Sun Mosaics | Daviea Davis

Wed., June 1 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

$30 members | $35 nonmembers 

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 

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

Make Your Own Succulent Wreath | Monica Colantoni

Tues., June 14 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $50

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 

Registration will close on May 31. Please register early. 

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.

Herbal Medicine Making: Summer Series | Michelle Soto

Summer Series: Wednesdays, June 15, 29, July 13, 27, Aug 10, 24 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$225 members | $250 nonmembers

Optional Medicine Making Bundle: $38

Note: The bundle option will close on June 1.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom 

Objective: To learn about various medicinal plants and how to create medicines with them

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Medicine making is an ancient art that we can master today. This class is hands on from the comfort of your home. Learn how to work with a selection of plants and make medicinal syrups, teas and tinctures. Michelle Soto of Cutting Root Apothecary will share stories and information about each plant as well as how to use them medicinally. Students will have the opportunity to order a bundle with supplies needed for making medicines to be mailed directly to their homes. All of the herbs provided are grown and processed at Cutting Root Farm & Apothecary in Butler, PA. Choose from the summer or fall series or plan to take them both, as new herbs will be explored in the fall.

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

Sat., June 25 | 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.

Make Your Own Terrarium | Monica Colantoni

Thursday, July 21 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $25

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 

Registration will close on July 14. Please register early. 

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. Please bring a container to make your own terrarium. Anything from a glass bowl to an apothecary jar is appropriate. All other materials (including soil, moss, rocks and plants) will be provided.

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

Sun., July 24 | 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.

Using Your Camera as a Garden Design Tool | Lynn Purse

Thursdays: Aug. 4 and 11 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

You see your garden every day but do you really see it? Do you have areas that don’t work but you don’t know why? See your garden through a photographer’s eyes and apply simple formulas that will change the way you view your garden and give you insight on planting and design. 

Make Your Own Terrarium | Monica Colantoni

Tuesday, August 9 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $25

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 

Registration will close on Aug. 2. Please register early. 

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. Please bring a container to make your own terrarium. Anything from a glass bowl to an apothecary jar is appropriate. All other materials (including soil, moss, rocks and plants) will be provided.

Catch the Sun Mosaics | Daviea Davis

Thurs., Aug. 11 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

$30 members | $35 nonmembers 

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 

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

Herbal Medicine Making: Fall Series | Michelle Soto

Fall Series: Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

$225 members | $250 nonmembers

Optional Medicine Making Bundle: $38 

Note: The bundle option will close on Aug. 24.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To learn about various medicinal plants and how to create medicines with them

Level: Beginner 

Prerequisite: None

Medicine making is an ancient art that we can master today. This class is hands on from the comfort of your home. Learn how to work with a selection of plants and make medicinal syrups, teas and tinctures. Michelle Soto of Cutting Root Apothecary will share stories and information about each plant as well as how to use them medicinally. Students will have the opportunity to order a bundle with supplies needed for making medicines to be mailed directly to their homes. All of the herbs provided are grown and processed at Cutting Root Farm & Apothecary in Butler, PA. Choose from the summer or fall series or plan to take them both, as new herbs will be explored in the fall.