Backyard composting, T'ai Chi, food preservation 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 Infusions: Fun and Festive Cocktails (and Mocktails) | Jessica Graves

Thurs., Aug. 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material fee: $5

Relax and unwind in the dog days of summer by making delicious herbal beverages. Learn to make simple herbal infusions to add to your favorite summer time drink. Mocktails will be served during class.

Make Your Own Compost Tea Brewer | Walter Jarosh

Tues., Aug. 22 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers | Material Fee: $30
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Compost tea can greatly benefit your lawn and garden because it increases the microbial life in your soil. Learn about the benefits of compost tea and construct your very own five-gallon compost tea brewer in this course.

This class has been canceled.

Pickles, Salsas and Relishes | Susan Marquesen

Thurs., Aug. 24 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Learn how to prepare quick pickles, salsas and relishes using local in-season fruits and vegetables. Use proven recipes and methods. Create flavorful and interesting canned goods and process them in a hot water bath during a hands-on demonstration. Also, learn the initial steps in the fermentation process for cucumber pickles.

This class is now sold out.

Backyard Composting | Nancy Martin

Wed., Sept. 6 | 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 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, visit http://prc.org/programs/conservation-workshops/backyard, or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247. Price includes one compost unit per registration. Pre-registration is required.

Rain Barrel/Watershed Awareness Workshop | Nancy Martin

Tues., Sept. 12 | 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, visit http://prc.org/programs/conservation-workshops/watershed-rain-barrels/ or call 412/488-7490, ext. 247. Pre-registration is required.

Fall Fruits | Susan Marquesen

Tues., Sept. 12 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Using fall’s bounty, learn how to preserve apples, pears and more with standard as well as more interesting recipes. Classroom instruction is supplemented with hands-on demonstrations. Learn how to process jars in a hot water bath, and the process and benefits of using a pressure canner to put up tomatoes.

This class is now sold out.

Organic Lawn Care: Fall Maintenance | Walter Jarosh

Tues., Oct. 24 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $30 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Lush lawns that are safe for children, pets and the environment begin with the creation of healthy soil, and fall is a great time to get started. Learn how to grow an organic lawn that is free of synthetic chemicals in accordance with Phipps’ Safe Lawn Program. Discover the best practices for mowing, watering, fertilization and aeration, and discuss insect and weed control with a focus on fall lawn care.