UPDATE: Phipps will reopen to members on Sat., June 6 and to the public on Sat., June 13. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and new safety protocols are required. 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, orchid care 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.

Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard

Saturdays: June 6 and 13 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. 
 June 20 | 9:30 a.m. - noon

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone, and employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing because it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail. Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Registration for this class is now closed.

Drawing Birds I and II for Botanical Illustrations | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: June 7, 14, and 21 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (break from 12 - 1 p.m. each day)

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to incorporate birds into a botanical art piece

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I, Drawing Birds I for students taking Drawing Birds II

Enhance your botanical art work with drawings of beautiful and essential birds. Combine plants and birds from early botanical works to contemporary ones and use various drawing techniques to take on the challenge of depicting a moving object. Students in Bird Drawing II will add definition to the bird forms along with color. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Registration for this class is now closed.

Our Small World: Intro to Macro Photography | Don Orkoskey

Sundays: June 7, 21 and 28, July 12 (Rain date: Sun., July 19) | 1–4 p.m.

$80 members | $90 nonmembers

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Delve into the world of macro photography by creating photos of pollinators and the plants they help propagate at home or in nearby natural spaces. Learn about depth of field, lighting, color,  capturing action, processing for printing and displaying. The class will include a visit from Phipps’  Associate Director of Integrated Pest Management Dr. Ryan Gott.

You should have access to a digital camera with a macro lens and manual settings, and a basic understanding of exposure and composition. All photography skill levels are welcome. For the online class, you will need a stable internet connection and a computer or tablet with a camera and microphone.

Lunch and Learn: Basics of Bread (Full Series) | Mark Snyder

Baguettes - Mon., June 8 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Gluten Free Bread - Mon., June 15 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Low Carb Bread - Mon., June 22 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Leche Bread - Mon., June 29 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Class Series $30 member | $35 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

No knead to leave the house for tasty bread. Don’t let making bread at home intimidate you! Join Mark live on Zoom every Monday at 12:30 p.m. with this Lunch and Learn series. This month we’re covering biscuits, baguettes, gluten free breads and more!

Lunch and Learn: Basics of Bread: Baguettes | Mark Snyder

Mon., June 8 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

No knead to leave the house for tasty bread. Don’t let making bread at home intimidate you! Join Mark live on Zoom every Monday at 12:30 p.m. with this Lunch and Learn series. This month we’re covering biscuits, baguettes, gluten free breads and more!

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

Gnocchi and Shrimp Pesto - Mon., June 8 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Bruchette - Mon., June 15 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Pork Tenderloin - Mon., June 22 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Bucatini all’Amatriciana - Mon., June 29 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Full Series $75 members | $85 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

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. We’ll send you the grocery list prior so you can cook-along with us and have dinner on the table by 6:30!

Italian Cuisine at Home: Gnocchi and Shrimp Pesto | Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., June 8 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

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. We’ll send you the grocery list prior so you can cook-along with us and have dinner on the table by 6:30!

Invasive Species Management | Celine T. Colbert, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Tues., June 9 | 12 – 12:30 pm

$7 members | $8 nonmembers

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Learn various techniques for managing invasive species in a home-scale environment.

Lunch and Learn: Café Phipps (Full Series) | Chef Amy Reed & Chef Chris Cox from Café Phipps

Linguini with Ricotta and Spring Peas - Tues., June 9 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Vegan Sweet Potato and Quinoa Burgers - Tues., June 16 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Vegetable Quesadillas - Tues., June 23 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Vegetable Stir Fry - Tues., June 30 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Class Series $30 member | $35 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Whip up a taste of Phipps every Tuesday with the head chefs of Café Phipps. Chef Amy and Chef Chris will demonstrate and share their very own recipes with us. You can expect fresh, flavorful meals using a variety of ingredients.

Lunch and Learn: Café Phipps: Linguini with Ricotta and Spring Peas | Chef Amy Reed & Chef Chris Cox from Café Phipps

Tues., June 9 | 12:30 – 1 p.m. 

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Whip up a taste of Phipps every Tuesday with the head chefs of Café Phipps. Chef Amy and Chef Chris will demonstrate and share their very own recipes with us. You can expect fresh, flavorful meals using a variety of ingredients.

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series

Wednesdays June 10 – July 29 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Join Registered Dietitian and Let's Move Pittsburgh Coordinator Maris Altieri for a lunch and learn nutrition series covering topics from mindful eating, pantry planning, healthy snacks and more!

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series: Flexible Meal Planning

Wed., June 10 | 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

New restrictions, disrupted schedules, and limited grocery store trips has left us with narrowed options when it comes to getting dinner on the table. Learn about how to write flexible weekly meal plans with Registered Dietitian and Let's Move Pittsburgh Coordinator, Maris Altieri.

NEW! Online Classes

Architectural Wonder | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wed., June 10  |  1 - 2:30 p.m.

$15 members | $17 nonmembers

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Utilize structures within floral designs.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Dramatic displays will be created by incorporating sphere shapes with floral materials. These  unique creations will elevate your design catalog. Floral Design Certificate elective

Lunch and Learn: Mastering the Slow Cooker: Thai Peanut Chicken with Rice | Mark Snyder

Wed., June 10 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Slow cookers aren’t just for winter soups and stews! Pull out your slow cooker and join Mark every week for a new slow cooker technique and accompanying recipes for any season. We’ll start with some of the basics in week one and cover cooking methods for a variety of food groups throughout the series.

Lunch and Learn: Mastering the Slow Cooker: Full Series | Mark Snyder

Thai Peanut Chicken with Rice - Wed., June 10 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Summertime Chowder ­- Wed., June 17 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Summer Chicken Chili - Wed., June 24 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary - Wed., July 1 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Class Series $30 member | $35 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Slow cookers aren’t just for winter soups and stews! Pull out your slow cooker and join Mark every week for a new slow cooker technique and accompanying recipes for any season. We’ll start with some of the basics in week one and cover cooking methods for a variety of food groups throughout the series.

Weed Control Tools and Techniques | Dan Dalton, PASA

Wed., June 10 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

$15 members | $17 nonmembers

Live Webinar

Weeds are a challenge for any home vegetable gardener – make this the year that you take control. This course will begin by getting you more familiar with weeds – covering their life cycles and phenology, and how to use this knowledge to your advantage. You will then explore a range of preventive controls (mulching, stale seed bedding, staggered timing, and tarping) and cultural controls (tillage and flame weeding), and best practices for mechanical control with hoes, hand tools and rototillers.

Adaptable Dishes around the World (Full Series) | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

French Crepes - Thurs., June 11 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
North African Shakshuka - Thurs., June 18 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
South American Ceviche - Thurs., June 25 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Jerked Protein with Fruit Salsa - Thurs., July 2 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Series $75 members | $85 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Emily in her kitchen as she walks you through creating delicious meals exactly suited to your taste with flavors and techniques from around the world.  Each lesson will focus on a meal that can be easily modified with your favorite vegetables, proteins and flavors to create something that is uniquely yours and make you confident in your culinary repertoire.

Adaptable Dishes around the World: French Crepes | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., June 11 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Emily in her kitchen as she walks you through creating delicious meals exactly suited to your taste with flavors and techniques from around the world.  Each lesson will focus on a meal that can be easily modified with your favorite vegetables, proteins and flavors to create something that is uniquely yours and make you confident in your culinary repertoire.

Using Your Camera as a Garden Design Tool | Lynn Purse

Mondays: July 13 and 20 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

$30 members | $35 nonmembers

Class to be hosted on Zoom

You see your garden every day, but do you really see it? Do you have areas that don’t work, but you don’t know why? See your garden through a photographer’s eyes and apply simple formulas that will change the way you view your garden and give you insight on planting and design. 

Lunch and Learn: Basics of Bread: Gluten Free Bread | Mark Snyder

Mon., June 15 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

No knead to leave the house for tasty bread. Don’t let making bread at home intimidate you! Join Mark live on Zoom every Monday at 12:30 p.m. with this Lunch and Learn series. This month we’re covering biscuits, baguettes, gluten free breads and more!

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

Mon., June 15 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

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. We’ll send you the grocery list prior so you can cook-along with us and have dinner on the table by 6:30!

Lunch and Learn: Café Phipps: Vegan Sweet Potato and Quinoa Burgers | Chef Amy Reed & Chef Chris Cox from Café Phipps

Tues., June 16 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Whip up a taste of Phipps every Tuesday with the head chefs of Café Phipps. Chef Amy and Chef Chris will demonstrate and share their very own recipes with us. You can expect fresh, flavorful meals using a variety of ingredients. 

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series: How to Build A Plant-Forward Pantry

Wed., June 17 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

A well-stocked (not overstocked) pantry and is at the foundation of a happy and healthy kitchen. Learn about how to build a plant-forward pantry with Registered Dietitian and Let’s Move Pittsburgh Coordinator, Maris Altieri.

Lunch and Learn: Mastering the Slow Cooker: Summertime Chowder | Mark Snyder

Wed., June 17 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Slow cookers aren’t just for winter soups and stews! Pull out your slow cooker and join Mark every week for a new slow cooker technique and accompanying recipes for any season. We’ll start with some of the basics in week one and cover cooking methods for a variety of food groups throughout the series.

Creating Beautiful Garden Videos at Home | Lynn Purse

Wednesdays: June 17, 24 and July 1 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

$45 members | $50 nonmembers

Class to be hosted on Zoom

Learn how to take great videos of your garden, do simple edits, and share with friends or feature them on your own YouTube garden channel. Get some tips on using your smart phone’s camera settings, stabilization and framing, free or low cost apps for a professional look, and using YouTube’s Creator tools if you want to share your finished work.

Adaptable Dishes around the World: North African Shakshuka | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., June 18 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Emily in her kitchen as she walks you through creating delicious meals exactly suited to your taste with flavors and techniques from around the world.  Each lesson will focus on a meal that can be easily modified with your favorite vegetables, proteins and flavors to create something that is uniquely yours and make you confident in your culinary repertoire. 

Lunch and Learn: Basics of Bread: Low Carb Bread | Mark Snyder

Mon., June 22 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

No knead to leave the house for tasty bread. Don’t let making bread at home intimidate you! Join Mark live on Zoom every Monday at 12:30 p.m. with this Lunch and Learn series. This month we’re covering biscuits, baguettes, gluten free breads and more!

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

Mon., June 22 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

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. We’ll send you the grocery list prior so you can cook-along with us and have dinner on the table by 6:30!

Lunch and Learn: Café Phipps: Vegetable Quesadillas | Chef Amy Reed & Chef Chris Cox from Café Phipps

Tues., June 23 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Whip up a taste of Phipps every Tuesday with the head chefs of Café Phipps. Chef Amy and Chef Chris will demonstrate and share their very own recipes with us. You can expect fresh, flavorful meals using a variety of ingredients.

NEW! Online Classes

Fairy Gardens | Sarah Needham

Tues., June 23 | 7 - 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Learn the basics of putting together your very own fairy garden. Learn what kinds of plants to use and which to avoid, what kind of soil and stones to use, and how to place the fairy items and plants to make a pleasing design. This class will include a demo and optional hands-on component. A supply list will be sent before class. Floral Design Certificate elective

 

Select photo © Sarah Needham

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series: The Power of Seeds and Healthful Fats

Wed., June 24 | 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Magnesium, ALA Omega-3s and protein are just a few of the nutrients seeds have to offer us. Learn about the health benefits of nuts and seeds as well as exploring some popular food myths about healthy fats with Registered Dietitian and Let's Move Pittsburgh Coordinator, Maris Altieri. 

Lunch and Learn: Mastering the Slow Cooker: Summer Chicken Chili | Mark Snyder

Wed., June 24 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Slow cookers aren’t just for winter soups and stews! Pull out your slow cooker and join Mark every week for a new slow cooker technique and accompanying recipes for any season. We’ll start with some of the basics in week one and cover cooking methods for a variety of food groups throughout the series.

Adaptable Dishes around the World: South American Ceviche | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., June 25 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Emily in her kitchen as she walks you through creating delicious meals exactly suited to your taste with flavors and techniques from around the world.  Each lesson will focus on a meal that can be easily modified with your favorite vegetables, proteins and flavors to create something that is uniquely yours and make you confident in your culinary repertoire.

A Garden by Moonlight | Leslie Kaplan

Thurs., June 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Learn to combine flowers, scents and garden accessories to create an atmosphere of calm and beauty in the evening. White and evening gardens have a long history that you can learn from. Plus get some tips on effective yet unobtrusive modern outdoor lighting.

Pollinators I | Robin Menard

Saturdays: June 27, July 11 and 18 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., with additional one-on-one discussion and feedback time as needed

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to accurately identify and depict pollinators in your art

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I or Watercolor I, or equivalent experience

Including pollinators in your botanical illustrations adds beautiful dimension and highlights the essential creatures without which the plants wouldn’t exist! Learn how to accurately illustrate bees and butterflies through careful study and execution as Phipps’ Associate Director of Integrated Pest Management Dr. Ryan Gott shares fascinating scientific facts about their biology and habitats. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Drawing Deciduous Trees | Melissa Fabian

Sat., June 27 and Sun., July 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$145 members | $165 nonmembers

Class to be hosted on Zoom

Objective: To be proficient in the techniques needed to draw the unique characteristics of trees 

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

Students will study the various parts of a tree that are used by foresters and scientists to identify trees. Our goal will be to choose a native tree to our area to illustrate for a final project. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Lunch and Learn: Basics of Bread: Leche Bread | Mark Snyder

Mon., June 29 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

No knead to leave the house for tasty bread. Don’t let making bread at home intimidate you! Join Mark live on Zoom every Monday at 12:30 p.m. with this Lunch and Learn series. This month we’re covering biscuits, baguettes, gluten free breads and more!

Italian Cuisine at Home: Bucatini All'Amatriciana | Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., June 29 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

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. We’ll send you the grocery list prior so you can cook-along with us and have dinner on the table by 6:30!

NEW! Online Classes

The Garden of Good and Evil | Sarah Needham

Mon., June 29 | 7 - 9 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Learn about the various edible and medicinal flowers and foliage in floristry, along with their toxic cousins. Then, watch a demonstration on putting edible flowers and toxic flowers together in an interesting floral design. Floral Design Certificate elective

Lunch and Learn: Café Phipps: Vegetable Stir Fry | Chef Amy Reed & Chef Chris Cox from Café Phipps

Tues., June 30 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember 

Live webinar through Zoom

Whip up a taste of Phipps every Tuesday with the head chefs of Café Phipps. Chef Amy and Chef Chris will demonstrate and share their very own recipes with us. You can expect fresh, flavorful meals using a variety of ingredients.

Botanical Art Lunch and Learn (Full Series)

Wednesdays: July 1, 8, 15 and 22 | noon – 1 p.m.

Full Series: $20 members | $24 nonmembers | All proceeds go to artist instructors

Class to be hosted on Zoom

Join Phipps Botanical Art instructors and staff for informal lunchtime Zoom discussions and/or presentations on diverse botanical art related themes. Share interests such as favorite botanical artists and their impact on the field, various drawing or painting techniques, personal experiences and motivations, reports from conferences and workshops, local botanical art resources, and questions about anything tangentially related to botanical art and its production. Bring your curiosity and be prepared to learn in a collaborative environment. Topics and speakers will vary by week.

July 1 | Weldon Doran | Botanical Artist Mary Delany, her life and works and period in Britain

July 8 | Melissa Fabian | Wall of Birds at Cornell University Lab

July 15 | Robin Menard | What It Is Like to Take a Botanical Drawing Class

July 22 | Amy Lindenberger | Behind the Scenes with a Botanical Art Instructor

Botanical Art Lunch and Learn: Botanical Artist Mary Delany, her life and works and period in Britain

Wed., July 1 | noon – 1 p.m.

Single class: $5 members | $6 nonmembers

Class to be hosted on Zoom

Join Phipps Botanical Art instructors and staff for informal lunchtime Zoom discussions and/or presentations on diverse botanical art related themes. Share interests such as favorite botanical artists and their impact on the field, various drawing or painting techniques, personal experiences and motivations, reports from conferences and workshops, local botanical art resources, and questions about anything tangentially related to botanical art and its production. Bring your curiosity and be prepared to learn in a collaborative environment. Topics and speakers will vary by week.

July 1  | Weldon Doran | Botanical Artist Mary Delany, her life and works and period in Britain

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series:Building Balanced Snacks

Wed., July 1 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Snacks not keeping you energized and satisfied? Learn about the basics of building nutritious and filling snacks with Registered Dietitian and Let’s Move Pittsburgh Coordinator, Maris Altieri. 

Lunch and Learn: Mastering the Slow Cooker: Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary | Mark Snyder

Wed., July 1 | 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Single Class $9 member | $11 nonmember

Live webinar through Zoom

Slow cookers aren’t just for winter soups and stews! Pull out your slow cooker and join Mark every week for a new slow cooker technique and accompanying recipes for any season. We’ll start with some of the basics in week one and cover cooking methods for a variety of food groups throughout the series.

Adaptable Dishes around the World: Jerked Protein with Fruit Salsa | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., July 2 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $20 members | $22 nonmembers

Live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Emily in her kitchen as she walks you through creating delicious meals exactly suited to your taste with flavors and techniques from around the world.  Each lesson will focus on a meal that can be easily modified with your favorite vegetables, proteins and flavors to create something that is uniquely yours and make you confident in your culinary repertoire.

Drawing Pollinators | Melissa Fabian

Tues., July 7 | 1 – 3 p.m.

$20 members | $30 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Complete mini drawing exercises of various pollinators, and then choose your favorite to depict in a final sketch. Plus, learn about the importance of pollinators and the vital role they play in the environment. No previous drawing experience is required. A material list will be provided at the time of registration, so sign up early!

Backyard Composting Workshop | Nancy Martin, PA Resources Council

Tues., July 7 | 7 – 8:30pm

$20 member | $25 non-member (optional: $70 for a home composting bin)*

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Are you unsure what to do with your kitchen, garden, and yard scraps? Would you like natural, home-made compost for your lawns and gardens in the spring? Join us for this information-packed webinar, learn best practices for backyard composting, and get all of your composting questions answered. 

 * Students have the option to purchase a home composting bin at time of registration. Contactless, outdoor pick-up will be available after the class on Friday, July 10 from 4-8 p.m. at Mellon Park. Details will be sent upon registration.

Botanical Art Lunch and Learn: Wall of Birds at Cornell University Lab

Wed.,  July 8 | noon – 1 p.m.

Single class: $5 members | $6 nonmembers

Class to be hosted on Zoom

Join Phipps Botanical Art instructors and staff for informal lunchtime Zoom discussions and/or presentations on diverse botanical art related themes. Share interests such as favorite botanical artists and their impact on the field, various drawing or painting techniques, personal experiences and motivations, reports from conferences and workshops, local botanical art resources, and questions about anything tangentially related to botanical art and its production. Bring your curiosity and be prepared to learn in a collaborative environment. Topics and speakers will vary by week.

July 8 | Melissa Fabian | Wall of Birds at Cornell University Lab 

Botanical Art Lunch and Learn: What It Is Like to Take a Botanical Drawing Class

Wed., July 15 | noon – 1 p.m.

Single class: $5 members | $6 nonmembers

Class to be hosted on Zoom

Join Phipps Botanical Art instructors and staff for informal lunchtime Zoom discussions and/or presentations on diverse botanical art related themes. Share interests such as favorite botanical artists and their impact on the field, various drawing or painting techniques, personal experiences and motivations, reports from conferences and workshops, local botanical art resources, and questions about anything tangentially related to botanical art and its production. Bring your curiosity and be prepared to learn in a collaborative environment. Topics and speakers will vary by week.

July 15  | Robin Menard | What It Is Like to Take a Botanical Drawing Class

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series: Vegetarian Nutrition Part 1

Wed., July 15 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Are you interested in leading a plant-based lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start? Join Registered Dietitian and Let’s Move Pittsburgh Coordinator, Maris Altieri, in a two part vegetarian nutrition series. In Part 1, we will be talking about what constitutes a “plant-based” diet, common myths, vegan/vegetarian protein sources, and omega-3s. 

Diagnosing Plant Problems | Dr. Ryan Gott

Mondays: July 20 and 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$132 members | $152 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To begin to be able to accurately diagnose insect, disease and environmental problems of plants and determine the best response with the least negative impact on the environment

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

What is killing my tomato plants? Are the bumps on my maple tree caused by a bug? Insects, diseases and environmental problems are a gardener’s puzzle. This course is a basic introduction to all of these problems, as well as how to control pests through integrated pest management (IPM) and protect plants through plant health care (PHC). Sustainable Horticulture Certificate core course

Backyard Entomology | Dr. Ryan Gott

Tuesdays: July 21, 28, Aug. 4 | 7 – 9 p.m. (please note new dates)

$66 members | $76 nonmembers
Live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To recognize and be able to differentiate between several important groups of insects and how they can help in your backyard

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

The most familiar insects to you are probably those right around your own home. Get to know them better and learn to appreciate insects of all kinds in this introduction to pests, beneficial insects and entomology (the study of arthropods). Learn about the amazing creatures that live right in your own backyard! Sustainable Horticulture Certificate and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective

Botanical Art Lunch and Learn: Behind the Scenes with a Botanical Art Instructor

Wed., July 22 | noon – 1 p.m.

Single class: $5 members | $6 nonmembers

Class to be hosted on Zoom

Join Phipps Botanical Art instructors and staff for informal lunchtime Zoom discussions and/or presentations on diverse botanical art related themes. Share interests such as favorite botanical artists and their impact on the field, various drawing or painting techniques, personal experiences and motivations, reports from conferences and workshops, local botanical art resources, and questions about anything tangentially related to botanical art and its production. Bring your curiosity and be prepared to learn in a collaborative environment. Topics and speakers will vary by week.

July 22 | Amy Lindenberger | Behind the Scenes with a Botanical Art Instructor

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series: Vegetarian Nutrition Part 2

Wed., July 22 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Are you interested in leading a plant-based lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start? Come join Registered Dietitian and Let’s Move Pittsburgh Coordinator, Maris Altieri, in a two part vegetarian nutrition series. In Part 2, we will discuss key vitamins and minerals, nutrient adequacy and recipe substitutions.

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Nutrition Series: Mindful Eating

Wed., July 29 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Mindful Eating can help navigate urges to stress eat. It involves supporting autonomy around food choices, and encourages people to connect to and trust their own inner wisdom to make decisions of what, when, and how much to eat. Attend this class to learn about how to add mindful eating to your daily routine.

Advanced Gardening Series | Dan Dalton, PASA

Wednesdays: May 27, June 3 and 10 | 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Full series: $40 members | $45 non-members

Live Webinar

Ready to take your home vegetable garden to the next level? Designed for intermediate and advanced level home gardeners, this three-part series will give you an in-depth understanding of irrigation, weed control techniques, and intensive tomato production. You can enroll in the full series, or just take individual classes. Get the most of our your garden this season!

Intensive Tomato Production | Wed., May 27 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

This class will cover everything you need to know to take your tomato harvest to the next level. Become familiar with the common differences between tomato varieties, and discuss a range of cultural practices, including: fertilization, pruning, trellising/staking, protective structures, mulching for weed control, and inter planting. This course will also cover common tomato issues as well as how to maintain productivity and flavor after harvest. 

Irrigation for the Home Garden | Wed., June 3 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Learn the essentials of properly watering plants in the home vegetable garden, and explore low and moderate costs irrigation suitable for the home gardener. This course will also cover how to fertilize crops through irrigation water, and how to capture and utilize rain water for irrigation. 

Weed Control Tools and Techniques | Wed., June 10 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Weeds are a challenge for any home vegetable gardener – make this the year that you take control. This course will begin by getting you more familiar with weeds – covering their life cycles and phenology, and how to use this knowledge to your advantage. You will then explore a range of preventive controls (mulching, stale seed bedding, staggered timing, and tarping) and cultural controls (tillage and flame weeding), and best practices for mechanical control with hoes, hand tools and rototillers.

NEW! Online Classes

Landscape Construction | Joshua Beblo and Bob Vukich

Mondays: June 1, 8, 15 and 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use techniques for building simple and well-designed constructed walls, walks and patios

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Discover the fundamental construction techniques for building features that will withstand the forces of nature, such as yearly freeze and thaw cycles. Learn how to detail, specify for and construct simple walls, paving systems and steps, and discuss garden structures and drainage. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Botany for Gardeners | Dr. Linda MK Johnson

Wednesdays: June 3, 10 and 17, July 1, 8, 15 and 29 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$154 members | $174 nonmembers
Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to connect good gardening practice with the science that supports it

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Why do some seeds germinate and others fail? Why should flowers be cut early in the morning? What are the effects of insect and fungi attacks? Discover the answers to these questions and get a fascinating look at how plants grow. Explore botanical principles and topics such as plants, their stems, leaves and roots, and their importance to humankind. Also, learn about performance factors, reproduction, fruits and flowers. Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course

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