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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.
 

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Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Cold Weather Vegetable Gardening | Allison Glick

Wednesday, Aug. 19 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 member | $25 non member
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Does the thought of returning to store-bought vegetables over the winter depress you after the fresh bounty you enjoy all summer? With a little planning and some simple infrastructure, you can continue to eat homegrown vegetables from November to April! Learn what, how, and when to plant for winter harvests; methods of protecting against the cold; how to grow indoor microgreens; and some ideas for tasty wild edible plants.

Organic Japanese Knotweed Management for Homeowners: Low-tech, Organic Strategies for Managing Japanese Knotweed on a Small Scale | Mike Nadeau

Thursday, September 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Tired of wrestling with this beast of a plant? Learn some skills from an organic landcare professional to help you manage the Japanese knotweed that is threatening to take over your yard. This class will cover various organic options for knotweed control, including solarization, heavy mowing and others. In addition, learn how to prevent the spread of this aggressive plant. This class is for the homeowner looking for low-tech, organic solutions for invasive plant management.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series | Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock

Wednesdays: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4

Full Series: $220 members | $250 non-members (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Students may register for individual classes, or the entire series. Full series participants will have an additional 30 minutes of class each week for follow-up Q&A and discussion from the previous class. Full series students will also have access to a Google Classrooms page to share resources, ask questions throughout the week, and connect with fellow students.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Native plants are essential to a thriving backyard ecosystem – join us to learn more about what makes a plant “native” to western Pa. and how they support birds and butterflies. Discover our favorite native perennials, shrubs and trees for a variety of landscape uses, learn about Phipps’ Sustainable Plant finder, and connect with local and mail order nurseries to source great native plants – it’s not too late to plant this fall!

Weed and Invasive Plant Management | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Without proper management, weeds and invasive plants can take over a garden, choke out preferred plants, and damage your backyard ecosystem. This class will familiarize you with key strategies for managing weeds, clarify the difference between a weed and invasive plant, and introduce you to some of the most common species in our region.

Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock and Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Sept. 30

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.

Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Fall is a wonderful time to get busy again in the garden after the heat of summer has subsided, Join us for a comprehensive review of fall garden activities. Sharpen up your pruning skills, review planting techniques for trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, get tips to thicken up your lawn, learn about soil testing, and discuss fall clean-up best practices that support both plant and pollinator health.

Creating and Managing Healthy Soil | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Healthy soil is essential for good plant growth. In this class, learn the fundamentals of soil characteristics including the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil, as well as the strategies for improving soil health in order to grow healthy plants and minimize pest and disease pressure. The importance of soil tests will be discussed as well as how and why to take a soil test.

Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Learn how to manage the many challenges of gardening in Western Pa. What plants are safe from deer? How do you manage shade? And what to do with a steep sloping garden. Learn unique strategies for dealing with these difficult sites in order to create a beautiful garden.

Managing Water in your Landscape | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Water moves through every landscape, and can be both a blessing and a curse. This class will introduce you to the key strategies and landforms that can help you slow down and infiltrate water flow in a way that is good for your garden and our local waterways.

Creating Backyard Habitat for Birds, Pollinators and more | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Our gardens can support a variety of life; providing wonder and entertainment. Learn how to create a backyard habitat that attracts birds, pollinators and other wildlife, as well as the benefits of native plants and the importance of different habitat elements. Students will receive locally relevant plant lists and other resources.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards | Gabe Tilove

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Sept. 16 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Native plants are essential to a thriving backyard ecosystem – join us to learn more about what makes a plant “native” to western Pa. and how they support birds and butterflies. Discover our favorite native perennials, shrubs and trees for a variety of landscape uses, learn about Phipps’ Sustainable Plant finder, and connect with local and mail order nurseries to source great native plants – it’s not too late to plant this fall!

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey

Tuesdays: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$120 members | $140 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Explore different aspects of photography through the use of a digital camera. Topics to be covered include digital workflow, camera settings, composition, image transfer and viewing preparation. Subjects like white balance, jpeg versus raw formats, and histograms will be demystified so that they can be used as reliable tools. As you practice, you will receive instructor feedback on weekly photographic assignments. People with all levels of experience are welcome.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Weed and Invasive Plant Management | Juliette Olshock

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Weed and Invasive Plant Management | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Sept. 23 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Without proper management, weeds and invasive plants can take over a garden, choke out preferred plants, and damage your backyard ecosystem. This class will familiarize you with key strategies for managing weeds, clarify the difference between a weed and invasive plant, and introduce you to some of the most common species in our region.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock and Gabe Tilove

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock and Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Sept. 30 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

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.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | Gabe Tilove

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Fall is a wonderful time to get busy again in the garden after the heat of summer has subsided, Join us for a comprehensive review of fall garden activities. Sharpen up your pruning skills, review planting techniques for trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, get tips to thicken up your lawn, learn about soil testing, and discuss fall clean-up best practices that support both plant and pollinator health.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Creating and Managing Healthy Soil | Juliette Olshock

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Creating and Managing Healthy Soil | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 14 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Healthy soil is essential for good plant growth. In this class, learn the fundamentals of soil characteristics including the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil, as well as the strategies for improving soil health in order to grow healthy plants and minimize pest and disease pressure. The importance of soil tests will be discussed as well as how and why to take a soil test.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges | Juliette Olshock

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 21 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to manage the many challenges of gardening in Western Pa. What plants are safe from deer? How do you manage shade? And what to do with a steep sloping garden. Learn unique strategies for dealing with these difficult sites in order to create a beautiful garden.

Orchids 101: The Wide World of Orchids | Tim Choltco

Thursday, Oct. 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 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.

Western Pennsylvania Gardening Series: Managing Water in your Landscape | Gabe Tilove

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Managing Water in your Landscape | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 28 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Water moves through every landscape, and can be both a blessing and a curse. This class will introduce you to the key strategies and landforms that can help you slow down and infiltrate water flow in a way that is good for your garden and our local waterways.

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Creating Backyard Habitat for Birds, Pollinators and more | Juliette Olshock

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener.

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.

Creating Backyard Habitat for Birds, Pollinators and more | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Our gardens can support a variety of life; providing wonder and entertainment. Learn how to create a backyard habitat that attracts birds, pollinators and other wildlife, as well as the benefits of native plants and the importance of different habitat elements. Students will receive locally relevant plant lists and other resources.

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Using Your Camera as a Garden Design Tool | Lynn Purse

Mondays: July 13 and 20 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through 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.