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.

Beginning Bonsai | Kevin Haughey

Saturday, Sept. 15 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

In this hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to study the timeless and ancient art of bonsai and to learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning.

All materials will be provided. Each participant will take home a completed dwarf garden juniper bonsai. Bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Beginning Bonsai class.

Bulbs: Planting and Care | Linda Roos

Tues., Sept. 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

Bulbs provide color in the garden from early spring till the first frost. Fall is the time to plant winter-hardy bulbs for your spring display and to start thinking about how to store the tender bulbs that give tropical flair to the summer garden so they’ll be ready for planting next year. Whether you’re new to bulbs or an old hand, learn or review the basics and gather some new tips.

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.

Beginning Bonsai | Kevin Haughey

Saturday, Sept. 29 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

In this hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to study the timeless and ancient art of bonsai and to learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning.

All materials will be provided. Each participant will take home a completed dwarf garden juniper bonsai. Bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Beginning Bonsai class.

Capture the Light Mosaics | Daviea Davis

Thurs., Oct. 4 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $7
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

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

Papermaking and Illustrating with Plants | Katy DeMent

Wednesdays: Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$80 members | $90 nonmembers | Material fee: $30
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner/ Intermediate

Learn about both traditional and modern papermaking techniques, color, texture, surface design and composition as you create your own recycled paper out of plant fibers collected from your home and garden. Plus, explore the process of producing pulp from both dry and green fibers, learn how to use pressed and dried leaves and flowers as embellishments, discover how to make seeded papers, and experiment with various methods, such as dyeing plant fibers and wet-on-wet collage. Dry handmade paper sheets will be hand-bound into sample/recipe books with more handcrafted papers to keep and share.

Cascading Bonsai: Juniper | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Sat. Oct. 6 | 10 a.m. – noon

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

Level: Beginner

Study the timeless and ancient art of bonsai as you learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. All materials will be provided in this hands-on workshop, and you will take home a completed cascading garden juniper bonsai. Please bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them.

Season Extension for the Home Gardener | Pat Morgan

Thurs., Oct. 11 | 7 – 8:15 p.m.

$12 members | $17 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Season extension can help home gardeners begin harvesting earlier in the season and take their harvests late in the year, as well as allowing for multiple, successional crops in the same garden space. Learn practical, affordable approaches to getting more from your home garden.

Art of Bonsai Workshop | Daniel Yobp

Sat., Oct. 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Bonsai is an ancient art that combines horticultural and artistic creativity. Learn how to design and nurture a Juniperus procumbens into a bonsai through specialized techniques, such as pruning, wiring and potting. All materials will be provided and you will take home a completed bonsai. Please bring a pair of hand pruners if possible.

Make Your Own Terrarium | Rose Kocher

Tues., Oct. 23 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

Learn how to create a living garden under glass while discussing plant selection, visual design, proper care and different styles of terrariums, such as open versus closed and wet versus dry. Please bring a container to make your own terrarium. Anything from a glass bowl to an apothecary jar is appropriate. All other materials (including soil, moss, rocks and plants) will be provided.

Fall Foraging for Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms | Adam Haritan

Thurs., Oct. 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field trip: Sat., Oct. 27 (Rain date: Sun., Oct. 28) | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$40 members | $45 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park (lecture) and Schenley Park (field trip)

Level: Beginner

Autumn is a great season to learn the skills you need to forage for various wild greens, roots, nuts, seeds, fruits and edible mushrooms. Identify wild edible plants, trees and mushrooms, discover the nutritional benefits of wild foods, explore drying and storing methods, learn how to harvest and process acorns, and much more. We will also learn about late-season wild foods, including those available in the winter months. Plus, take a walk through Schenley Park to find wild edible plants and mushrooms.

Digital Photography | Bob Egan

Saturdays: Oct. 27; Nov. 3, 10 and 17 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

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 de-mystified 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.

Bonsai Forest Workshop | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Sat., Oct. 27 | 10 a.m. – noon

$30 members | $35 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Using three Korean Hornbeam seedlings, create a landscape that replicates nature. Learn how to plant, prune and maintain this spectacular style of bonsai. Please bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them. Class size is limited to 15 participants, so be sure to register early.

Nature Journaling at Fall Run Park | Jeanne Perrier

Sun., Sept. 9 (Rain date: Sept. 16) | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$40 members | $45 nonmembers
Level: Beginner to advanced

Spend the day at Fall Run Park in Shaler Township observing and documenting native plants. You will be provided with a list of plants currently in bloom and general instructions on nature journaling. We will head into the field to practice slowing down and discovering what nature has to offer. Your completed work will serve as a reference for general scientific information or future drawings. Choose your trails based on your physical abilities — there are many accessible locations for those who have limited mobility! Please bring your lunch and consider carpooling. Detailed directions are provided upon registration.