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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.

Beginner Vegetable Gardener Series

Entire Series: $45 members | $50 non members

Indoor Seed Starting | Gabe Tilove with Allison Glick
Tues, April 14 | 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head-start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment to successfully start and care for vegetable annual seedlings. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot seedling problems that commonly occur.

Building Raised Beds, Trellises, and Critter Fences | Gabe Tilove with Allison Glick

Tues, April 21 | 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Raised beds offer a number of advantages over in-ground gardens. Explore the range of materials you can use to build and fill raised beds, learn strategies for getting the most yield with trellises, and discover fencing strategies to ward off critters.

Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Gabe Tilove and Allison Glick

Tues, April 28 | 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods: how to arrange your crops within your space using the square foot gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, how to minimize weeds, pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your own plan will be included.

Perennial Fruits for the Home Garden | Juliette Olshock with Gabe Tilove

Tues, May 5 | 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

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.

Indoor Seed Starting | Gabe Tilove with Allison Glick

Tues, April 14 | 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head-start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment to successfully start and care for vegetable annual seedlings. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot seedling problems that commonly occur.

Indoor Plant Care | Julianna Razryadov

Wed., April 15 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

$12 members | $14 non-members
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Spring is here and all your houseplants are looking a bit… sad after the long dark winter they’ve suffered. Learn how to spruce them up to bring your house back to life. Don’t have many houseplants or looking for something new? Find out what to look for in the marketplace and what to avoid. If you want all the tips and tricks for making your home live and breathe, this class is for you.

Introduction to Garden Care | Gabe Tilove

Wednesdays: April 15, 22 and 29 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$60 members | $70 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Calling all novice gardeners! Feel confident creating and maintaining a beautiful home landscape.

With an emphasis on sustainable practices, learn about soil preparation, plant selection, proper planting techniques, maintenance, and insect and disease control for both vegetable and ornamental gardens. Also, thoroughly review perennials, trees and shrubs that are hardy to this region and create a visually pleasing and environmentally friendly garden.

Building Raised Beds, Trellises, and Critter Fences | Gabe Tilove with Allison Glick

Tues, April 21 | 4:30 – 6 P.M.

$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Raised beds offer a number of advantages over in-ground gardens. Explore the range of materials you can use to build and fill raised beds, learn strategies for getting the most yield with trellises, and discover fencing strategies to ward off critters.

Orchids 101: The Basics | Tim Choltco

Thursday, April 23 | 7-9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Learn the essentials for growing orchids at home, including how to successfully repot an orchid. Plus, explore the wide variety of orchid species and learn more about what makes an orchid unique in the plant kingdom.

Botany for Gardeners | Julianna Razryadov

Fri., April 24 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

$12 members | $14 non-members
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Do you stare at your raised bed and continuously ask questions? Are you confused why fertilizing your tomatoes makes them bright green but fertilizing your young greens causes them to have burnt edges? Do you wonder why some plants want water all the time and others rot away. Well, come learn some plant physiology to help you make wise decisions for your plant care. Beneath their green exteriors plants carry many fascinating secrets. How do they breathe? How do they distribute nutrients? When do they flower and why? What pollinates them? Learn about all of this and more.

Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Gabe Tilove and Allison Glick

Tues, April 28 | 4:30 – 6 P.M.

$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods: how to arrange your crops within your space using the square foot gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, how to minimize weeds, pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your own plan will be included.

Carnivorous Plants | Julianna Razryadov

Wed., Apr. 29 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

$12 members | $14 non-members
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Weird and wild, carnivorous plants are actually found all around us. Explore these strange plants that eat everything from insects to lizards. How did they evolve? Where do they live? What do they look like? How do they work? Find out what mechanisms are behind different methods of nutrient extraction and how they compare to more common plants. If you are interested in discovering this incredible group of plants, take this class.

Wildflower Trail Hike | Cyndi Fink

Sat., May 2 (Rain date: Sat., May 9) | 1 – 4 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Raccoon Creek State Park

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. The hike is approximately 1 – 2 miles long, with some steep, uneven or muddy trail conditions. Pets are not allowed in the reserve. Detailed directions are provided upon registration.

Gardening and Botanical Crafts

Spring Herb Planter | Elaine Pisarcik, Pisarcik Flower Farm

Tues., May 5 | 7- 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers | Material fee: $35

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 

Join us for a fun workshop and learn how to create an easy to care for one-pot herb garden that will last all summer! Attendees will get to work embellishing a terra cotta pot with gold leafing to create a unique planter! All materials will be provided, including a selection of different herbs as well as instructions on their growing tendencies and care. 

Photo credit: Pisarcik Flower Farm

Horticultural Tour of Fallingwater | Ann Talarek

Tues., May 5 (Rain date: Tues., May 12) | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

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.

Perennial Fruits for the Home Garden | Juliette Olshock with Gabe Tilove

Tues, May 5 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

$12 members | $14 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

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.

Planning Your Bird and Pollinator Garden | Dr. Ryan Gott

Thurs., May 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $30 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium and the Discovery Garden

Learn the benefits of wildlife gardening for humans and the native birds, pollinating insects and other animals that surround us. We’ll discuss some of the native perennial plants that can be used to attract and support birds and pollinators. Plus, enjoy a walk at Phipps to see some of these plants in person.

Bonsai Re-pot and Refresh | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Sat., May 9 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: Variable, pots available for sale
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students should bring their own bonsai to this class.

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 Bonsai Re-pot and Refresh class.

Drawing a Plan of Your Garden | Joshua Beblo

Tues., April 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Full refunds will be issued to all participants.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Editing and expanding your garden can be very enjoyable, but sometimes those changes may seem overwhelming. Planning your garden can help you to visualize the changes and calculate the work. Discover the tools and techniques needed to draw an accurate base plan of your home garden, then walk through the process of drawing a garden plan.

Introduction to Garden Care | Linda Roos

Wednesdays: April 8, 15 and 22 | 7 – 9 p.m.

This class will be offered online on a new set of dates; please see details above. If you are registered for the on-site class, watch your email for details about switching to the online class or receiving a refund.

$60 members | $70 nonmembers

Orchids: Beyond the Basics | Tim Choltco

Wed., April 8 | 7 – 9 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

$39 members | $44 nonmembers

$40 members | $45 nonmembers (includes price of an Oncidium type orchid to take home)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Delve deeper into the wide orchid diversity in the plant family Orchidaceae. Learn about light requirements for growing orchids at home and how to successfully repot different types of orchids, including Cattleya, Dendrobium and Oncidium.

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 or the next Orchids: Beyond the Basics class.

Planning Your Herb Garden | Andrea Jackson

Tues., April 14 | 7 – 9 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

$39 members | $44 nonmembers

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Demystify the process of starting an herb garden, learn about site selection and preparation, and discover how to select herbs that will suit your needs. Along the way, pick up life-enhancing tips about how to use the herbs you have planted.

Glass Flowers, Glass Plants | Daviea Davis

Wed., April 15 | 7 – 9 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

$39 members | $44 nonmembers

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material fee: $7
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Create your own spring-themed 8” x 12” sun catchers using tumbled stained glass pieces as you learn about this ancient mosaic art form in a fun, casual way.

Planning Your Raised Bed Vegetable Garden | Mike Bechtel

Mon., April 20 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This class will be offered online. If you are registered, please watch your email for additional updates!

$20 members | $30 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium and the Rooftop Edible Garden

Raised beds offer a number of advantages over in-ground gardens. Explore the range of materials you can use to build and fill raised beds, learn strategies for getting the most yield and discover accessories that can be added to beds to help extend the season and ward off pests. Also, take a guided tour of Phipps’ raised bed vegetable garden.

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 or the next Planning Your Raised Bed Vegetable Garden class.

Watershed Awareness / Rain Barrel Workshop | Nancy Martin

Tues., April 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Please contact the PA Resource Council at the number below with any questions.

$80 per person | $85 per couple
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Learn why rain barrels are especially important in Allegheny County, how to live on the land in a way that protects our waterways, how to install a rain barrel and how to best store and use rainwater. You will receive a 55-gallon FreeGarden rain barrel. Designed with the homeowner/gardener in mind, it is affordable, attractive, easy to move and easy to install. This workshop is hosted by the Pennsylvania Resources Council. To register, click below or call 412-488-7490, ext. 247.

Orchids 101: The Basics | Tim Choltco

Thurs., Apr. 23 | 7 – 9 p.m.

This class will be offered online; please see details above. If you are registered for the on-site class, please watch your email for details about switching to the online class (with partial refund) or receiving a full refund.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers (Includes price of a Phalaenopsis orchid to take home)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Beginning Bonsai: Juniper | Kevin Haughey

Sat., Apr. 25 | 10 a.m. – noon

This class has been canceled. Full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

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

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 begin or 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.

Note: Tropical bonsai must live indoors in the cold months, while junipers and other hardy bonsai live outdoors year round.

Beginning Bonsai with Wiring: Juniper | Bob Dietz

Sun., Apr. 26 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers | Material fee: $50
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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 begin or 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.

Note: Tropical bonsai must live indoors in the cold months, while junipers and other hardy bonsai live outdoors year round.