Backyard composting, T'ai Chi, and permaculture are just a few of the topics we explore in our Green and Healthy Living classes.

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.

Watershed Awareness / Rain Barrel Workshop | Nancy Martin

Thurs., June 6 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Harvesting rainwater can save money, benefits water quality in our region and makes good sense for backyards and gardens. 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 Register or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247. Pre-registration is required.

Backyard Composting | Nancy Martin

Thurs., June 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$70 per person | $75 per couple
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Organic materials often considered waste — such as grass clippings, food scraps, autumn leaves
and paper — can be turned into a rich soil conditioner with valuable plant nutrients through the
natural process of decomposition. Learn about the importance of composting, and learn how
to set up a compost pile, properly maintain it and use the finished product. You will receive a
FreeGarden EARTH compost bin, an 82-gallon receptacle that is an ideal choice for urban and
suburban areas. This workshop is hosted by the Pennsylvania Resources Council. To register, click Register or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247. Pre-registration is required.

Native Plant Walking Tour | Julianna Razryadov

Thurs., Aug. 8 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$15 members | $20 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Roof
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Take a walk around the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Environs to tour our native plant selection, focusing on potential additions to your own garden. Learn how to attract pollinators, add visual interest, choose optimal planting conditions and maintain your garden. Plus, briefly learn about green roof structure and planting challenges. Your tour will be led by Phipps’ Curator of Horticulture, Julianna Razryadov.