NOTE: Tickets to our Winter Flower Show: Home for the Holidays are now available. All Phipps tickets must be purchased in advance, and safety protocols must be followed. Learn more about how you can join us!

Whether you are a seasoned green thumb, aspiring floral designer or budding backyard vegetable gardener, we have a class for you — and now some of our most popular courses are available to attend from the comfort of your own home. 

Peruse our offerings for an exciting variety of fun and enriching programs on vegetable gardening, culinary arts and more to let your inspiration grow. Enrolled students will receive a link to a live Zoom webinar to virtually attend at the appointed time.

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.

Current Classes

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  • World Flavors Series | Chef Rachel Homan | Thursdays: Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Dec. 14 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. (first session), 5 - 6:30 p.m. (other sessions)
  • Holiday Breakfast | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup | Thurs., Dec 10 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Classes in Progress:

  • Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details | Robin Menard | Saturday, Nov. 21, Sunday, Dec. 6  ( 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 12 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Detailed Listings

NEW! Online Classes

Door Décor for the Holidays | Rose Grealish CFD

Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 – 8:p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To learn to make and decorate a wreath or swag for your holiday door.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None 

Personalize your home for the holidays!  Rose will demonstrate the mechanics needed to actually make your own wreath or swag with live materials.  You can decide if you want to work along, if you’d like to purchase a live wreath from a nursery or garden center to decorate yourself, or to just observe for inspiration. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Winter Soups: Lobster Bisque and French Onion | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Dec 3 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

$25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

With cold weather upon us, nothing is more satisfying than a simmering bowl of soup. Don’t let these soups intimidate you. Chef Emily will teach the complexities of making these soups from scratch, and how to build that delicious flavor along the way.

NEW! Online Classes

Outdoor Evergreen Décor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It’s recommended to watch the class as a demo, then design your décor following the course.
Objective: To be able to design attractive and long-lasting winter displays for your home
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to enhance your home’s curb appeal during the winter season with outdoor décor. Polly will design unique outdoor arrangements based with evergreens in a pedestal urn and decorative porch container options that can be customized to your home’s style. Natural botanicals and trim options will be displayed. Instructional guidelines will be provided with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Pen and Ink II and Beyond | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: Dec. 6, 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Pen and Ink II students will have improved stroke making and wash skills with the introduction of color through various tools and inks. Pen and Ink and Beyond students will advance their skills through an individual plan determined by the student and instructor.

Supply list (PDF)

Create various plant studies and a completed botanical art piece. Projects completed in this class will be due on a future date to be announced rather than within the two weeks of actual class time.  Pen and Ink II is a Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course; Pen and Ink Beyond is a Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective 

NEW! Online Classes

Italian Cuisine at Home: Crostata | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., Dec 7 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Learn to cook the Italian way right from your very own home. Join us on Zoom for a live cooking class with Chef Justin Melnick. Justin has traveled and studied the regions of Italy and is ready to bring a little of Italy into your home. He will teach you the most authentic ways to prepare your next Italian dish. You’ll learn everyday cooking tips as well as Italian cooking tips to use in your kitchen.

NEW! Online Classes

Modern Approach to the Holiday Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to create a sculptural holiday centerpiece
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior flower class completed.

In this class, students will see how to make an armature to create extra interest for their holiday centerpiece. Various techniques will be displayed, and a discussion on design elements in order to create the best piece possible will be included. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Holiday Breakfast | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Dec 10 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

$25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Are you looking to perfect all your holiday meals? In this class Chef Emily will teach us how to create the ultimate holiday morning breakfast your family will never forget. We will be bringing breakfast to the next level by making Everything Bagel Casserole, Ham & Asparagus Bacon Rollups and Baked Eggs.

NEW! Online Classes

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, December 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Instructional guidelines will be provided with container and evergreen options, natural botanicals, ribbon yardages and décor accent ideas. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Level: Beginner to intermediate; Basic floral design recommended, but not required
Prerequisites: None

Using a variety of natural materials and winter foliage, create a classic urn arrangement. This design features fresh evergreens with natural cones and pods, accented with faux berries and trims for winter seasonal appeal. Learn how this piece can be personalized to your home décor with the addition of unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

World Flavors: Argentinian Cuisine | Chef Rachel Homan

Mon., Dec 14 |  5 - 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Itching to travel? Take a culinary tour around the world with Chef Rachel Homan. In this series we’ll be exploring the flavors of Mediterranean Fare, Asian dumplings and Argentinian cuisine and what makes their flavors so unique.

NEW! Online Classes

Creative Holiday Design with Lanterns | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thursday, Dec. 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Single session: $25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required
Objective: Light up and learn the mechanics to create themed holiday lantern displays.

Enhance the holiday for your home or as a gift giving idea with lanterns. Imaginative and versatile ideas will be created using fresh and artificial materials. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Italian Cuisine at Home: Full Series | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Spaghetti alla Carbonara - Mon., Sept 14 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Garganelli with Heirloom Tomato Sauce - Mon., Sept 28 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Bistecca con Patate - Mon., Oct 12 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Penne al Pesto con Calamari - Mon., Oct 26 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Ribollita - Mon., Nov 9 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Crostata - Mon., Dec 7 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Series $140 members | $150 nonmembers

Learn to cook the Italian way right from your very own home. Join us on Zoom for a live cooking class with Chef Justin Melnick. Justin has traveled and studied the regions of Italy and is ready to bring a little of Italy into your home. He will teach you the most authentic ways to prepare your next Italian dish. You’ll learn everyday cooking tips as well as Italian cooking tips to use in your kitchen.

NEW! Online Classes

World Flavors Series | Chef Rachel Homan

Mediterranean Fare - Thurs., Sept 24 |  5:30 - 7 p.m.
Making Asian Dumplings - Thurs., Oct 22 |  5 - 6:30 p.m.
Argentinian Cuisine - Mon., Dec 14 |  5 - 6:30 p.m.

Class Series $70 members | $80 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Itching to travel? Take a culinary tour around the world with Chef Rachel Homan. In this series we’ll be exploring the flavors of Mediterranean Fare, Asian dumplings and Argentinian cuisine and what makes their flavors so unique.

NEW! Online Classes

Deck the Halls Series

Full series: $120 members | $147 nonmembers

Basic Bow Making Lunch and Learn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Nov. 19 | noon – 12:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to make classic bows for your holiday decorating
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn to create classic bows for indoor or outdoor holiday decorating. Instructional guidelines on ribbon materials, widths, and yardage estimates will also be provided. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Door Décor for the Holidays | Rose Grealish CFD

Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presented as live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To learn to make and decorate a wreath or swag for your holiday door.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None 

Personalize your home for the holidays!  Rose will demonstrate the mechanics needed to actually make your own wreath or swag with live materials.  You can decide if you want to work along, if you’d like to purchase a live wreath from a nursery or garden center to decorate yourself, or to just observe for inspiration. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Outdoor Evergreen Décor | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presented as live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials based on their containers and personal preferences. It’s recommended to watch the class as a demo, then design your décor following the course.
Objective: To be able to design attractive and long-lasting winter displays for your home
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn how to enhance your home’s curb appeal during the winter season with outdoor décor. Polly will design unique outdoor arrangements based with evergreens in a pedestal urn and decorative porch container options that can be customized to your home’s style. Natural botanicals and trim options will be displayed. Instructional guidelines will be provided with design tips, evergreen options, and tools/supplies needed. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Modern Approach to the Holiday Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to create a sculptural holiday centerpiece
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior flower class completed.

In this class, students will see how to make an armature to create extra interest for their holiday centerpiece. Various techniques will be displayed, and a discussion on design elements in order to create the best piece possible will be included. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Nature's Splendor Urn | Polly Berginc AIFD 

Thursday December 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presented as live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Instructional guidelines will be provided with container and evergreen options, natural botanicals, ribbon yardages and décor accent ideas. Supply list (PDF)
Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season.
Level: Beginner to intermediate; Basic floral design recommended, but not required
Prerequisites: None

Using a variety of natural materials and winter foliage, create a classic urn arrangement. This design features fresh evergreens with natural cones and pods, accented with faux berries and trims for winter seasonal appeal. Learn how this piece can be personalized to your home décor with the addition of unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Creative Holiday Design with Lanterns | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Thursday Dec. 17, | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
Materials: Students may source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor, or enjoy as a demo. Supply list (PDF)
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required
Objective: Light up and learn the mechanics to create themed holiday lantern displays.

Enhance the holiday for your home or as a gift giving idea with lanterns. Imaginative and versatile ideas will be created using fresh and artificial materials. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details

Saturday, Nov. 21, Sunday, Dec. 6  (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 12 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to apply skills gained in Botanical Drawing I to accurately capture various plant forms, details and textures that are unique to the subject
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

Supply list (PDF)

Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject.  Projects completed in this class will be due on a future date (to be announced) rather than within the three weeks of actual class time.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Registration for this class is now closed.

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