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.

Backyard Composting | Nancy Martin

Tues., March 5 | 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 below or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247. Price includes one compost unit per registration. Pre-registration is required.

Watershed Awareness / Rain Barrel Workshop | Nancy Martin

Wed., April 17 | 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 below or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247. Pre-registration is required.