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.

Home Fermentation Series | Jill Ciciarelli

Wednesdays: Sept. 27; Oct. 11 and 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers (price is for one class)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Classes are taken individually.

Level: Beginner to advanced

Learn the foundations of home fermentation and how to preserve fresh foods using one of the world’s oldest preservation methods. Create probiotic-rich foods that not only taste good, but are also good for you. Each hands-on workshop focuses on making a different ferment that you will take home, and all materials are included. All classes include an introduction to fermentation basics.

Home Fermentation Series | Jill Ciciarelli

Oct. 25: Fermented Drinks: Kombucha, Shrubs and Kefir — Fermented drinks are a great way to add probiotic foods into your daily routine. Learn how to make three of the most popular drinks so you are ready for any occasion.

Make Your Own Terrarium | Rose Kocher

Tues., Oct. 17 | 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. 19 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field trip: Sat., Oct. 21 (Rain date: Sun. Oct., 22) | 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 into the winter months. Plus, take a walk through Schenley Park to find wild edible plants and mushrooms.

Bonsai Forest Workshop | Dr. Norbert Pietrzak

Sat., Oct. 21 | 10 a.m. – noon

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

Level: Beginner

Using three maple 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.

This class is now filled.

Bird Drawing | Marianne Pionati-Hilke

Saturdays: Oct. 21 and 28 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$100 members | $120 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Working with basic shapes, learn to draw birds using value, line, color, texture and more. In the first class, the instructor will demonstrate the process of drawing bird feathers, eyes, beaks and feet. Begin by drawing with graphite and later try out colored pencil and micron pens.

Make Your Own Terrarium | Rose Kocher

Tues., Oct. 24 | 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.

Herbs for Stress Relief | Jessica Graves

Thurs., Oct. 26 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers (material fee included)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Prepare for the upcoming holiday season by learning about traditional herbs used to maintain healthy body balance and release tension, stress and anxiety. You will take home an herbal stress reduction tea as well as a relaxing essential oil blend.

Beginning Bonsai Workshop | Kevin Haughey

Sat., Oct. 28 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park [please note change of venue]

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 dwarf garden juniper bonsai. Please bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them.

Digital Photography | Bob Egan

Saturdays: Oct. 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18 | 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.

Beginning Bonsai Workshop | Kevin Haughey

Sun., Oct. 29 | 10 a.m. – noon

$25 members | $35 nonmembers | Material fee: $45
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park [please note change of venue]

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 dwarf garden juniper bonsai. Please bring a pair of hand pruners if you have them.