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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.

Current Classes

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  • Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey | Tuesdays: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Classes currently in progress:

  • Our Small World: Intro to Macro Photography | Don Orkoskey | Sundays: June 7, 21 and July 12  | 1 – 4 p.m.

Detailed Listings

​Drawing Pollinators | Melissa Fabian

Tues., July 7 | 1 – 3 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Complete mini drawing exercises of various pollinators, and then choose your favorite to depict in a final sketch. Plus, learn about the importance of pollinators and the vital role they play in the environment. No previous drawing experience is required. A material list will be provided at time of registration, so register early!

Backyard Composting Workshop | Nancy Martin, Pennsylvania Resources Council

Tues., July 7 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 member | $25 non-member (optional: $70 for a home composting bin)*
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

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, learn best practices for backyard composting, and get all of your composting questions answered. 

 * Students have the option to purchase an Earth Machine brand home composting bin at time of registration. Contactless, outdoor pick-up will be available after the class on Friday, July 10 from 4-8 p.m. at Mellon Park. Details will be sent upon registration.

Using Your Camera as a Garden Design Tool | Lynn Purse

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

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Class to be 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. 

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.

Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey

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

$120 members | $140 nonmembers
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.

Our Small World: Intro to Macro Photography | Don Orkoskey

Sundays: June 7, 21 and 28, July 12 (Rain date: Sun., July 19) | 1–4 p.m.

$80 members | $90 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Delve into the world of macro photography by creating photos of pollinators and the plants they help propagate at home or in nearby natural spaces. Learn about depth of field, lighting, color,  capturing action, processing for printing and displaying. The class will include a visit from Phipps’  Associate Director of Integrated Pest Management Dr. Ryan Gott.

You should have access to a digital camera with a macro lens and manual settings, and a basic understanding of exposure and composition. All photography skill levels are welcome. For the online class, you will need a stable internet connection and a computer or tablet with a camera and microphone.