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.

Introduction to Orchid Care | Tim Choltco

Thurs., March 28 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Orchid fee: $30 (optional)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Learn all about home orchid care, discuss common varieties and discover their histories. Register by Thurs., March 14 and you may choose to purchase your own Phalaenopsis grown locally by Bidwell Training Center.

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 Introduction to Orchid Care class.

Introduction to Garden Care | Linda Roos

Wednesdays: April 3, 10 and 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$60 members | $70 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

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.

Catch the Sun Mosaics | Daviea Davis

Thurs., April 11 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

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

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.

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 Horticultural Tour of Fallingwater.

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.

Planning Your Herb Garden | Andrea Jackson

Tues., April 2 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

When considering starting an herb garden, it can be hard to know where to begin. Demystify the process, 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. Beware — once you have decided to plant an herb garden, you will be hooked for life!

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 Planning Your Herb Garden class.

Planning Your Raised Bed Vegetable Garden | Mike Bechtel

Mon., April 8 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall 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 an inspiration-gathering 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 class or the next Planning Your Raised Bed Vegetable Garden class.

Planning Your Medicinal Herb Garden | Jessica Graves, Una Biologicals

Thurs., April 18 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $5
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Join Una Biologicals to learn about planning a medicinal herb garden, including identifying which plants are best for you, as well as simple garden design and plant care.

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 Planning Your Medicinal Herb Garden class.

Planning Your Bird and Pollinator Garden | Ryan Gott

Wed., April 24 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall and the Discovery Garden

Gardens can benefit creatures beyond just humans. Plants provide resources to our native birds, pollinating insects and other animals. This course will introduce the benefits of wildlife gardening for both animals and humans and discuss some of the native perennial plants that can be used to attract and support birds and pollinators. The class will include a walk at Phipps to see some of these plants in person.

Beginning Bonsai: Juniper | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Saturday, March 30 | 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 class.

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 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.

Intensive Beginning Bonsai: Juniper | Bob Dietz

Saturday, April 13 | 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

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.