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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.

Confirmations will be emailed the day before each class, including a Zoom link. Please check your spam/junk mail folder, and if you have not received the link, email edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Virtual classes are recorded and made available to all registered participants for one month after the program.

All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Current Classes

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  • Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian | Sundays:  Nov. 7, 14 and 21 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 7 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | This class is now filled.
  • Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian | Sundays:  Dec. 5, 12 and 19 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Classes in Progress

  • Illumination Techniques  I, II and III | Christine Hutson | Thursdays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 14 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with lunch break) | After-class meeting: Thursday, Nov. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Sept. 11 and 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | Sun., Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Sun., Oct. 31 | 9:30 - 11 a.m.

  • Nature Journaling | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series | Phipps Staff: Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock | Wednesdays: Sept 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

The Plant Forward Kitchen: Seasonings, Sauces and Textures | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers  (class only)

The grocery pick-up option for this class is now closed.

A plant-based diet has been proven to improve our well-being, as well as that of our planet and the animals. Each week Chef Emily Larsen will introduce you to a star ingredient of a plant forward kitchen and show you how to incorporate it into each meal with techniques and flavors that keep culinary boredom at bay. If you’re not ready to take the leap to a full plant-based diet, that’s okay! You’ll learn how to adapt each meal to your liking. 

Week Three: Seasonings, Sauces and Textures

In week three, we’ll learn all about seasonings, sauces and textures while making roasted cauliflower tacos with chipotle Romanesco sauce and Tali sauce. This recipe will cover roasting and broiling methods. 

Online Classes

Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)

After-class meeting: Sat. Dec. 4, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

$225 members | $255 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)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

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.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series: The Sustainable Kitchen: Reducing Waste: Utilizing Kitchen Scraps | Chef Chris Galarza with Forward Dining Solutions LLC

Wed., Nov. 3 | noon – 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Free webinar hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live

There are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen. Join kitchen sustainability expert and owner of Forward Dining Solutions Chef Chris Galarza every month for an eco-friendly discussion and cooking demo. You’ll learn just how many ways there are, both big and small, to reduce your environmental impact from your kitchen. 

The Plant Forward Kitchen: Plant Based Baking | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., Nov. 4 | 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers  (class only)

A plant-based diet has been proven to improve our well-being, as well as that of our planet and the animals. Each week Chef Emily Larsen will introduce you to a star ingredient of a plant forward kitchen and show you how to incorporate it into each meal with techniques and flavors that keep culinary boredom at bay. If you’re not ready to take the leap to a full plant-based diet, that’s okay! You’ll learn how to adapt each meal to your liking. 

Week Four: Plant Based Baking

In the final week of the series we’ll talk about plant based baking! We’ll start with a savory vegetable pot pie with a vegan crust from scratch, followed by aquafaba chocolate sponge cake with coconut whipped cream. Chef Emily will cover plant based baking tip including what common substitutions work best. 

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Online Classes
Watercolor by Holly Johnson

Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Gail Jordan

Saturdays: Nov. 6, 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Thurs. Dec. 16, 7 – 8:30 pm

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To have control of the brush, pigment and paper while learning to combine watercolor paints to create a rich and varied palette

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Students will learn the basics of transparent watercolor as a medium, and gain a foundational understanding of the brushes, paper, and paints suitable for botanical watercolor. Using a limited palette, students will explore techniques such as washes and glazes, and practice creating a full range of hues, shades and tones using the limited palette. Through demonstrations and exercises, students will produce a series of studies that demonstrate the foundational techniques of transparent watercolor and application of those techniques to rendering plant forms.

Assignments for the day will be due by Friday at 5 p.m. of the following week, so that the instructor can put together a power point of all assignments for an in-class critique the next morning. All assignments for the class will be due one month from the date of the last class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Online Classes
Pen and Ink by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian

Sundays:  Nov. 7, 14 and 21 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 7 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

This class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Objective: To be able to make tonal and semi-schematic drawings with pen and ink

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Beginning with the fundamentals of pen and ink techniques, learn how to use different strokes to create a compositional balance of black and white tones. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Lunch and Learn: Breaking Through Barriers to Eating Local Year-Round | Simon Huntley, Harvie Farm

Mon., Nov. 8, noon - 12:30 p.m.

Free, registration required

Virtual program presented through Zoom

Farmers markets and CSAs are wrapping up for the year. This makes it a tricky time of year to eat local and live the values of supporting our local farms and artisans. Local food systems leader and entrepreneur Simon Huntley will join us to discuss the importance of eating local and how we can reimagine our local food system in a way that makes it easier for consumers to eat local, year-round in a way that works for them. 

Online Classes
Colored Pencil by Melissa Fabian

Drawing Birds in Winter Habitats | Melissa Fabian

Tues. Nov. 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 | 1 – 4 p.m. Eastern
After-class meeting: Tues. Jan. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To study and draw the birds in their winter habitat. 

Level: Medium to advanced

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt

This class will focus on the connection of a bird to their winter habitat and needs for survival.  Environmental changes and human interactions will be studied. The final project will give the viewer an artistic interpretation of the bird and the winter environment. Several mediums will be demonstrated allowing the students a choice of medium for the final artwork. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective course

Lunch and Learn: Indian Spices and Pickles | Chef Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

Tues., Nov. 9 | noon – 1 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on zoom

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Join us for a demonstration of Indian spice blending and pickle making during this lunch and learn webinar. Local Chef Jayashree Iyengar of Popping Mustard Seeds will teach participants all about the spices used in traditional Indian cooking.

The Garden of Good and Evil | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Nov. 9 |  7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To be familiar with both edible and toxic flowers used regularly in floral arrangements

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

Students will learn about edible and/or medicinal flowers as well as toxic flowers and greens that gardeners and florists use regularly. Class will include recipes for edible botanicals as well as cautionary tales about bad run-ins with toxic botanicals. The instructor will demonstrate an arrangement using various edible and toxic florals so that students can recognize these florals in a design. Floral Design Certificate elective

Tour of Italy: Regional Cuisines: A Night in Emilia-Romagna | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., Nov. 15 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Join Chef Justin Melnick for a culinary tour of Italy! Chef Justin was trained in Italy and will take us on a journey from region to region. You’ll learn to cook the Italian way right from your very own kitchen and learn what makes each region unique. Join us on Zoom for a live cooking class. We’ll send you the grocery list before class so you can cook along with us and have dinner on the table by 7:30!

Introduction to Smartphone Photography | Don Orkoskey

Wed., December 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn how to make better photos with your phone. Discover how to get the most out of your smartphone’s camera and learn what to do with your photos once you’ve taken them. Learn about exposure, composition, your phone's limitations and advantages, and more. All are welcome.

Cooking as a Family Series | Chef Emily Larsen of Spilling the Soup*

Flatbread Pizzas: Thurs., Dec. 2 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Spaghetti and Meatballs: Thurs., Dec. 9 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Cheddar Broccoli Soup with Popovers: Thurs., Dec. 16 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Virtual class hosted on zoom
All times Eastern Time Zone

Class series:  $85 members | $95 nonmembers (class only)

Why take on dinner alone? Have some fun getting your family involved in the kitchen! This class is designed so that family members ages 3+ can get involved in the kitchen and will be fun for all ages. Enjoy satisfying hands-on moments as you prepare meals that the whole family will love, including personal flatbread pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, and a cheesy cheddar broccoli soup with popovers. One registration is good for the whole family. Aprons are recommended!

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Cooking as a Family: Flatbread Pizzas | Chef Emily Larsen of Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., Dec. 2 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on zoom

Single class: $30 members | $35 nonmembers (class only)

Why take on dinner alone? Have some fun getting your family involved in the kitchen! This class is designed so that family members ages 3+ can get involved in the kitchen and will be fun for all ages. Enjoy satisfying hands-on moments as you prepare meals that the whole family will love, including personal flatbread pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, and a cheesy cheddar broccoli soup with popovers. One registration is good for the whole family. Aprons are recommended!

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Online Classes
Watercolor by Amy Lewandowski

Winter Gems | Amy Lewandowski

Saturdays: December 4 and 11, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$150 members | $160 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to observe color and texture in seasonal plants

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Illustrate seasonal plants in an assortment of colors using different methods of mixing watercolor paints along with a variety of wash techniques.  Apply these techniques to a composition of multiple small specimens or a single sample of winter flora through a series of demonstrations, individual help and group discussion. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Online Classes
Pen and Ink by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)

After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective:  Students will have improved stroke making and wash skills with introduction of color through various tools and inks

Level: Intermediate 

Prerequisites: Pen and Ink I

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Create various plant studies and a completed botanical art piece.  Projects completed in this class will be due for the final after class meeting. Botanical Art and Illustration Core course

Nature’s Splendor Urn (Virtual) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tues., Dec. 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Optional material fee: $40 

Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To be able to design a natural looking winter seasonal urn arrangement and learn how to personalize it to your home décor for the holiday season

Level: Beginner to intermediate 

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 basic or unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

Cooking as a Family: Spaghetti and Meatballs | Chef Emily Larsen of Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., Dec. 9 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on zoom

Single class: $30 members | $35 nonmembers (class only)

Why take on dinner alone? Have some fun getting your family involved in the kitchen! This class is designed so that family members ages 3+ can get involved in the kitchen and will be fun for all ages. Enjoy satisfying hands-on moments as you prepare meals that the whole family will love, including personal flatbread pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, and a cheesy cheddar broccoli soup with popovers. One registration is good for the whole family. Aprons are recommended!

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Old Williamsburg-Style Della Robbia Christmas Wreath | Sarah Needham

Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Optional material fee: $75

Class presented virtually through Zoom

Objective: To create a Della Robbia Christmas wreath in an Old Williamsburg style

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

This is a make-along class for those wanting to learn how to make Old Williamsburg style designs for Christmas. We will discuss what Della Robbia is, why Williamsburg uses this style, where to get product and how things are constructed. The wreath will be approximately 19” in diameter.  Floral Design Certificate elective

Cooking as a Family: Cheddar Broccoli Soup with Popovers | Chef Emily Larsen of Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., Dec. 16 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on zoom

Single class: $30 members | $35 nonmembers (class only)

Why take on dinner alone? Have some fun getting your family involved in the kitchen! This class is designed so that family members ages 3+ can get involved in the kitchen and will be fun for all ages. Enjoy satisfying hands-on moments as you prepare meals that the whole family will love, including personal flatbread pizzas, spaghetti and meatballs, and a cheesy cheddar broccoli soup with popovers. One registration is good for the whole family. Aprons are recommended!

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Tour of Italy: Regional Cuisines | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., Dec. 20 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Join Chef Justin Melnick for a culinary tour of Italy! Chef Justin was trained in Italy and will take us on a journey from region to region. You’ll learn to cook the Italian way right from your very own kitchen and learn what makes each region unique. Join us on Zoom for a live cooking class. We’ll send you the grocery list before class so you can cook along with us and have dinner on the table by 7:30!

Online Classes
Colored Pencil by Christine Hutson

llumination Techniques I, II and III | Christine Hutson

Thursdays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 14 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Eastern (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Thursday, Nov. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use a variety of illumination techniques

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent watercolor experience)

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Discover several different styles of medieval book illumination and explore them using modern materials, including watercolors and gold paint. Plus, explore watercolor illumination on black paper. Create illuminated initial letters, as well as other decorative styles and motifs. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Online Classes
Graphite Drawing by Jessi Evans

Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Sept. 11 and 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Eastern (with lunch breaks)
Sun., Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., Oct. 31 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. [please note new date]

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

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

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

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

Online Classes
A Day at the Aviary by Melissa Fabian

Nature Journaling | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to design a nature related journal

Level:  Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Study and practice several nature journaling formats by different artists, learning the tools to design and create your own nature related journal. The techniques practiced will include quick sketching, sketching movement and applying color. Challenge yourself to sketch and write about nature’s who, what, when, where and why. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Virtual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference

Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 1 – 4 p.m.

Early registration (ends Jan. 7):
Members: $40 | Non-members: $45
Late registration:
Members: $50 | Non-members: $55
Virtual program through Zoom

1 – 1:15 p.m. - Introduction and Welcome

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. - Certified Organic Ornamentals:  The how and why of a new approach to tree production, Steve Black, Owner Raemelton Farm 

In 2015 Raemelton Farm became the first and only nursery in the United States to sell USDA Certified ORGANIC B&B trees. The Organic market is no longer a hippie thing; consumers now put a value on the way in which plants are produced. In addition to a more valuable end product, Organic production also protects and sustains the farm ecosystem. Healthier soil, cleaner water, more beneficial insects (and animals) all make for continuous improvement in tree production and plant health. The presentation will cover Raemelton’s innovative techniques for pest and weed control, soil conservation, and farm management.  

Steve Black is Owner and Operator of Raemelton Farm, Adamstown Md. Raemelton Farm produces landscape-ready B&B trees and shrubs for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern markets. Steve started the farm in 2004 and grows nearly 350 different species and cultivars, including many USDA Certified Organic landscape trees. In addition to farming, Steve is Past-President of the Maryland Nursery, Landscape, Greenhouse Association (MNLGA), he has served on two USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Advisory Boards, and is a member of the board of the University of Maryland’s Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology.

1:50 – 2:20 p.m. - Spotlight on Native Plants, Jess Horenstein, Phipps Outdoor Foreman

We will spotlight 10 native plants from our collection of Phipps recommended Sustainable Plants. Learn how they grow and where to fit them into your landscape. Then you can pre-order with our Native Plant Pre-Sale and pick up just in time for planting in the spring. 

Jess Horenstein is the Outdoor Foreman at Phipps. She worked for several years for a private landscaper before getting hired at Phipps. Before that she worked for the Audubon Society and several zoological institutions in avian care before getting interested in horticulture. She is an avid birder and native plant enthusiast. 

2:25 – 2:55 p.m. - Sustainable Garden Awards Winners, Juliette Olshock, Phipps Sustainable Landcare

The Sustainable Garden Awards started in 2021 with the goal of inspiring Western Pennsylvania residents to design and maintain gardens that are both environmentally friendly and beautiful. With so many wonderful gardens to choose from this year, it was a challenge to decide on the winners. We are happy to announce the champions from the following categories: Native Plantings and Wildlife Gardens, Micro-Gardens, Abundant Edible Gardens and Gardens for Personal Retreat (large and small!). 

Juliette Olshock is the Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners focusing on sustainable landcare principles and practices. Juliette enjoys growing a variety of plants, learning about local wildlife and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.  

3 – 4 p.m. – The Fundamentals of Garden Layers, Benjamin Vogt, Owner Monarch Gardens 

When designing any garden, there is an opportunity to eschew the norms of beauty as the only priority. With careful planning, we can create a space that works in harmony with nature, expands biodiversity, builds healthy soil, and nurtures pollinators and other wildlife. Let’s learn from natural plant communities to increase ecosystem function and climate resilience at home in our designed gardens. From the fundamentals of seasonal and yearly plant succession, to using plant reproduction and sociability to fill ecological niches, the right native plant communities make all the difference for beautiful gardens both wildlife and people crave. 

Benjamin Vogt owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm. His landscapes have been featured in Garden Design, Fine Gardening, and The American Gardener. Benjamin speaks nationally on a variety of topics and is the author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future and the forthcoming Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design (fall 2022).

Online Classes

Tour of Italy: Regional Cuisines Series | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

A Night in Lazio: Mon., Sept. 13 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 
A Night in Puglia: Mon., Oct. 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
A Night in Emilia-Romagna: Mon., Nov. 15 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
A Night in Liguria: Mon., Dec. 20 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

All times Eastern Time Zone

Class series: $95 members | $115 nonmembers

Join Chef Justin Melnick for a culinary tour of Italy! Chef Justin was trained in Italy and will take us on a journey from region to region. You’ll learn to cook the Italian way right from your very own kitchen and learn what makes each region unique. Join us on Zoom for a live cooking class. We’ll send you the grocery list before class so you can cook along with us and have dinner on the table by 7:30!

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series | Phipps Staff: Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock

Wednesdays: Sept 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Full Series: $150 members | $170 non-members 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Fall is for gardeners! This series is designed for home gardeners in western Pennsylvania looking to upgrade their expertise and grow gardens that are beautiful and well adapted to the ecology of our region. Learn the essential skills needed to create a thriving garden, connect to local resources, and get all your garden questions answered. 

Topics include: 

Sept 22 - Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards 

Sept 29 - Weed and Invasive Plant Management 

Oct 6 - Fall Garden Care

Oct 13 - Creating and Managing Healthy Soil 

Oct 20 - Managing Water in your Landscape 

Oct 27 - Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges

Class is taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock

Gabe Tilove is the director of adult education and community outreach for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where he works to connect people more closely to the beauty of the natural world through education and outreach. Gabe oversees Phipps Master Gardener program, and is a passionate home gardener. 

Juliette Olshock is the sustainable landcare program coordinator for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where she organizes trainings and educational opportunities for local landcare professionals and homeowners. Juliette enjoys playing in the soil, growing a variety of plants, and creating a backyard oasis at her home in Hazelwood.  

Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series: The Sustainable Kitchen | Chef Chris Galarza with Forward Dining Solutions LLC

Induction Cooking: Fall Inspired Chicken Fricassee | Tues., Oct. 12 | noon – 12:30 p.m.
Reducing Waste: Utilizing Kitchen Scraps | Wed., Nov. 3 | noon – 12:30 p.m.

Free webinars hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live

All times Eastern Time Zone

There are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen. Join kitchen sustainability expert and owner of Forward Dining Solutions Chef Chris Galarza every month for an eco-friendly discussion and cooking demo. You’ll learn just how many ways there are, both big and small, to reduce your environmental impact from your kitchen.

Online Classes

The Plant Forward Kitchen Series | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Benefits of a Plant Forward Kitchen: Thurs., Oct. 14 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Stocking Your Pantry: Thurs., Oct. 21 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Seasonings, Sauces and Textures: Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Plant Based Baking: Thurs., Nov. 4 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

All times Eastern Time Zone

Class series, class only: $95 members | $115 nonmembers

Class series, with grocery pickup: $215 members | $235 nonmembers

A plant-based diet has been proven to improve our well-being, as well as that of our planet and the animals. Each week Chef Emily Larsen will introduce you to a star ingredient of a plant forward kitchen and show you how to incorporate it into each meal with techniques and flavors that keep culinary boredom at bay. If you’re not ready to take the leap to a full plant-based diet, that’s okay! You’ll learn how to adapt each meal to your liking. 

Week One: Benefits of a Plant Forward Kitchen

In week one, Chef Emily will demystify the plant-based diet and discuss the benefits of a plant-forward kitchen. We’ll cover knife skills, sautéing and frying while putting together a tasty tofu and vegetable fried rice recipe. 

Week Two: Stocking Your Pantry

Learn how to stock your plant-based pantry. Chef Emily will teach us how to grocery shop and what to look for when reading labels. We’ll learn how to boil, steam and blanch while cooking up a lentil Buddha bowl with tahini dressing.

Week Three: Seasonings, Sauces and Textures

In week three, we’ll learn all about seasonings, sauces and textures while making roasted cauliflower tacos with chipotle Romanesco sauce and Tali sauce. This recipe will cover roasting and broiling methods. 

Week Four: Plant Based Baking

In the final week of the series we’ll talk about plant based baking! We’ll start with a savory vegetable pot pie with a vegan crust from scratch, followed by aquafaba chocolate sponge cake with coconut whipped cream. Chef Emily will cover plant based baking tip including what common substitutions work best. 

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

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