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.

Herbal Wellness Series: Building Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet | Jessica Graves

Thurs., May 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material fee: $5
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Take the bounty from your garden and turn it into useful, healing medicines for you and your family. Learn about the most useful herbs to plant and how to harvest them to create simple medicines that will keep you healthy all year long.

Herbal Wellness Series: Cooking with Medicinal Herbs: Recipes that Go Beyond "Traditional Kitchen Herbs" | Jessica Graves

Wed., June 13 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material fee: $5
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Teaching Kitchen

Cooking with medicinal herbs is a great way to get more healing out of your garden. Learn delicious and nutritious recipes with herbs beyond your standard parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme!

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.

Rain Barrel / Watershed Awareness Workshop | Nancy Martin

Thurs., June 14 | 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 install a rain barrel and how to best store and use rainwater. You will receive a FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon 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 21 | 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. Price includes one compost unit per registration. Pre-registration is required.

Herbal Wellness Series: Herbal Salves | Jessica Graves

Tues. July 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material fee: $5
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Herbalists have made healing salves for centuries. Discover their secrets as we discuss choosing the best herbs for salves, growing and harvesting these in your garden, and preparing an herbal wonder salve at home.