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.

Planning for a Fall Vegetable Crop | Mike Bechtel

Tues., Aug. 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Savvy vegetable gardeners are able to maximize their harvest by planting multiple crops in the same space throughout the season. Learn the tips, tricks and timelines for successfully extending the growing season.

Garden Knots | Andrew Tomaskovic

Mon., Aug. 27 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

A well-tied knot is as beautiful as it is effective. Spend an evening immersing yourself in the world of knots. Learn knot terminology and practice tying the most essential knots for any gardener to know with the support of a practicing arborist.

Introduction to Orchid Care | Demetria Marsh

Thurs., Sept. 27 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material 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., Sept. 6 and you may choose to purchase your own Phalaenopsis grown locally by Bidwell Training Center.

Macro Photography | Bob Egan

Wednesdays: July 11, 18 and 25; Aug. 1 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$120 members | $140 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn about the equipment and techniques you need to take photos of small objects and make them appear larger. Then, explore the Conservatory and practice those techniques with cameras and tripods. Your photographs will be reviewed and critiqued in a friendly, non-challenging environment each week. This class is open to people at all levels of experience and is hands on. Please bring cameras and close-up equipment to each session. Any type of camera is capable of producing great macro images and can be used for this class.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to be placed on the waiting list.