NOTE: All Phipps 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, 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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  • Authentic Indian from Scratch Lunch and Learn Series | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds | Wednesdays: Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 11 | 12:30 - 1 p.m.
  • Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics Series  | Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live | Mondays: Sept. 14, 28, Oct. 12, 26 | 12:30 - 1 p.m.
  • Lunch and Learn: Seasonal Soups Series |  Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live | Mondays: Oct. 5, Oct. 19 | 12:30 - 1 p.m.
  • Introduction to Silverpoint | Melissa Fabian | Sundays, Sept. 27, October 18 and 25 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Hydrangeas | Leslie Kaplan | Mon., Oct. 5 | 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: November 1, 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Breakfast | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup | Thurs., Dec 10 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Classes in Progress:

  • Drawing Deciduous Trees |  Melissa Fabian | Sundays, Sept. 13, 20 and Oct. 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. 
  • Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape | Joshua Beblo | Mon. Sept. 14, 20 and 28 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Vase Design Techniques and Application (formerly Vase Arrangement I and II) | Polly Berginc AIFD | Thursdays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 (Makeup date: Oct. 22) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays: Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and  1 – 3  p.m. and After Class Meeting, Oct. 17 | 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey | Tuesdays: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

NEW! Online Classes

Virtual Fall Phipps Date Night | Chef Amy Reed, Cafe Phipps

Fri., Sept 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Price details below

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Amy for a very special virtual Phipps themed Date Night at home! You and your date will get the opportunity to connect and create a delicious meal together. Our highly-skilled Chef will teach you all the techniques and tricks to this 4 course gourmet meal. This four course dinner includes an easy to make appetizer, a fresh seasonal salad, a delicious seafood entree and a smooth chocolate fondue for dessert. Dim the lights, light your candles and enjoy a romantic dinner for two, right at home! 

Menu:

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates
  • Seasonal Green Salad with Apples and Spiced Nuts
  • Roasted Tomato Soup
  • Rosemary White Bean Puree
  • Pan Seared Scallops
  • Braised Swiss Chard
  • Chocolate Fondue

Date Night – Class Only: Receive a detailed shopping list, an exclusive recipe created by Chef Amy and zoom information to learn tips and tricks and cook along with our chef. ($50 per couple)

Date Night – Grocery Pick Up and Class: Sit back and relax, let us do the shopping for you!  Phipps staff will source the freshest local ingredients for your meal including a delicious drink mixture to add to any alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage. Come to Phipps for a contact-less pick up of your groceries brought to you in a Phipps branded tote bag and wine glasses. ($100 per couple) Now closed

Date Night – Full Package: Our full package date night includes the groceries you will need for class, drink mix, tote bag and wine glass plus a little love from Phipps. The full package will include a locally made growing candle, 3 sustainable dishcloths and a Phipps gift shop favorite, bees wrap for your food storage needs. ($150 per couple) Now closed

NEW! Online Classes

Introduction to Silverpoint | Melissa Fabian

Sundays Sept. 27, October 18 and 25 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.

$230 members | $260 nonmembers (price includes kit for silver wire and silverpoint substrate)
Registration will close on Sept. 12. Material kits will be mailed to all participants.
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To practice the various techniques associated with the silverpoint medium. To create a final project of a botanical subject in this medium.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

Silverpoint drawing is a medium used by many of the Old Masters that is experiencing a renewed interest among contemporary botanical artists. Also known as “metal” drawing in which beautiful graphite-like effects can be achieved.

Projects completed in this class will be due approximately 2 weeks after the final class.  A Zoom meeting will be scheduled to review students’ completed work. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Registration for this class is now closed.

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics: Ciabatta Bread | Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Mon., Sept 28 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Get ready to heat up your ovens, Bread Basics with Mark Snyder are back by popular demand! We’ll kick off this series with a popular sour dough bread recipe made using a homemade starter and move on to specialty breads including Ciabatta, Panettone and Pumpkin breads! This is a great way to kick off your fall season, and get ready to impress your guests with homemade bread at your next holiday gathering.

NEW! Online Classes

Italian Cuisine at Home: Garganelli with Heirloom Tomato Sauce | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., Sept 28 | 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

Lunch and Learn: Herbal Preparations: Infused Oil and Herbal Truffles | Dina Ranade, The Herbal Bake Shoppe

Tues., Sept 29 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Dina Ranade, Herbalist and Registered Dietician, to explore common culinary herbs from a medicinal perspective and discover their far reach beyond ordinary seasonings. Each class will include discussions on benefits, recipes for suggested uses and demonstrations of herbal preparations. Share a cup of tea and begin to build your own kitchen apothecary.

* Looking for more? Join Dina on Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m. for tips on creating your kitchen apothecary and maintaining your herbal medicine cabinet!

NEW! Online Classes

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock and Gabe Tilove

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

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 your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate 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.

Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock and Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Sept. 30 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Fruits are one of the most satisfying crops you can grow at home! Learn the differences between types of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and how to purchase, plant, and maintain them. An overview of other less common fruits will also be included.

NEW! Online Classes

Customizable Cooking: Quiche with a Craveable Green Salad | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Oct 1 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

We have all had that favorite recipe, but maybe forgot an ingredient or two. Join Chef Emily in her customizable cooking series and learn all the tricks and tips to improvising. Emily will share great knowledge on substitutions and what you can use if something is forgotten! Don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry; we will still send you a recipe with ingredients, but have some fun with it and change things up if you would like.  

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Seasonal Soups: New England Chowder | Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Mon., Oct 5 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

What’s more comforting than a warm bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day? Stay warm this fall and join Mark Snyder for our seasonal soups series. He will give you all the basics to building those terrific flavors to your soup. You will also learn all the tricks to making a great successful soup.

NEW! Online Classes

Hydrangeas | Leslie Kaplan

Mon., Oct. 5 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to effectively select, plant, prune and care for hydrangeas
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Discover how easy it is to have hydrangea blooms all summer long! Learn when to prune and how to get that amazing pink, blue or purple color. We will cover the following topics: culture, pruning, use in your landscape, new varieties and unusual cultivars. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective.

NEW! Online Classes

Della Robbia Wreath | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Monday, October 5 | 7- 8:30 p.m.

$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 construct a wreath in this distinct style incorporating techniques and mechanics demonstrated with permanent botanical fruits and berries.
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design recommended, but not required

A study in compositions which include fruits and berries, known as Della Robbia style. In addition to learning to construct this wreath, demonstrations during the class will include more applications and designs in this theme. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Herbal Preparations: Herbal Steams, Gargles and Syrups | Dina Ranade, The Herbal Bake Shoppe

Tues., Oct 6 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Dina Ranade, Herbalist and Registered Dietician, to explore common culinary herbs from a medicinal perspective and discover their far reach beyond ordinary seasonings. Each class will include discussions on benefits, recipes for suggested uses and demonstrations of herbal preparations. Share a cup of tea and begin to build your own kitchen apothecary.

* Looking for more? Join Dina on Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m. for tips on creating your kitchen apothecary and maintaining your herbal medicine cabinet!

NEW! Online Classes

Ground Covers and Vines | Lynn Purse

Tuesdays: Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

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

Objective: To become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape uses of a wide variety of ground covers and vines that thrive in western PA 
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Text: Covering Ground by Barbara Ellis (Some options for purchasing: Amazon, Barnes & Noble; see more options at the publisher's website)

Ground covers and vines are very valuable and functional with varieties that can cover both vertical and horizontal surfaces and grow in sunny, shady, wet or dry conditions. Learn about the many possibilities that this exciting plant group presents and get to know some unique types that can enliven any landscape. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Authentic Indian from Scratch Lunch and Learn: South Indian Spice Powders | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

Wed., Oct 7 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

In this Authentic Indian Cuisine lunch and learn series, Chef Jayashree Iyengar will be teaching us all about the spices, flavors and unique techniques to Indian cuisine. You’ll receive not only authentic recipes, but also newfound confidence in Indian cooking.

*Looking for more? Put your new skills to the test and join Chef Jay in our Authentic Indian Cuisine Cook-Along series!

NEW! Online Classes

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | Gabe Tilove

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

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 your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate 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.

Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Fall is a wonderful time to get busy again in the garden after the heat of summer has subsided, Join us for a comprehensive review of fall garden activities. Sharpen up your pruning skills, review planting techniques for trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, get tips to thicken up your lawn, learn about soil testing, and discuss fall clean-up best practices that support both plant and pollinator health.

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics: Panettone Bread | Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Mon., Oct 12 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Get ready to heat up your ovens, Bread Basics with Mark Snyder are back by popular demand! We’ll kick off this series with a popular sour dough bread recipe made using a homemade starter and move on to specialty breads including Ciabatta, Panettone and Pumpkin breads! This is a great way to kick off your fall season, and get ready to impress your guests with homemade bread at your next holiday gathering.

NEW! Online Classes

Italian Cuisine at Home: Bistecca con Patate | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., Oct 12 | 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

Creating Floral Crowns | Sarah Needham

Monday, Oct. 12 | 7- 9 p.m.

$30 members | $35 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 floral crown using several techniques
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: If making along, please have at least one prior floral class completed.

In this class students will learn the various techniques of creating a floral crown. We will also discuss types of flowers best for this and how to properly prep them. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Herbal Preparations: Herbal Honey, Jams and Tonics | Dina Ranade, The Herbal Bake Shoppe

Tues., Oct 13 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Dina Ranade, Herbalist and Registered Dietician, to explore common culinary herbs from a medicinal perspective and discover their far reach beyond ordinary seasonings. Each class will include discussions on benefits, recipes for suggested uses and demonstrations of herbal preparations. Share a cup of tea and begin to build your own kitchen apothecary.

*Looking for more? Join Dina on Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m. for tips on creating your kitchen apothecary and maintaining your herbal medicine cabinet!

NEW! Online Classes

Authentic Indian from Scratch Cook-Along Series: South Indian Cooking: Indian Breakfast for Dinner | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

Wed., Oct 14 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Single Class with Ingredient Pickup $45 members | $48 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Jayashree Iyengar as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Learn new spice combinations and bring authentic delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation. (Menu: Onion / Tomato / Coconut Chutney, Flattened Rice (Aval or Poha) Uppuma)

For an additional $20, students can opt in for a contactless pick up of the ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen, 3 - 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. the day of the class, Oct. 14. This option will close one week before the class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick-up. Ingredient pickup includes ingredients for 4 servings of each dish.

*Looking for more? Join us for our Authentic Indian Lunch and Learn Series and make homemade spice blends and more to apply in class!

NEW! Online Classes

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Creating and Managing Healthy Soil | Juliette Olshock

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

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 your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate 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.

Creating and Managing Healthy Soil | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 14 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Healthy soil is essential for good plant growth. In this class, learn the fundamentals of soil characteristics including the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil, as well as the strategies for improving soil health in order to grow healthy plants and minimize pest and disease pressure. The importance of soil tests will be discussed as well as how and why to take a soil test.

NEW! Online Classes

Customizable Cooking: Roasted Vegetable Galette | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Oct 15 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

We have all had that favorite recipe, but maybe forgot an ingredient or two. Join Chef Emily in her customizable cooking series and learn all the tricks and tips to improvising. Emily will share great knowledge on substitutions and what you can use if something is forgotten! Don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry; we will still send you a recipe with ingredients, but have some fun with it and change things up if you would like.

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Seasonal Soups: Roasted Squash Soup | Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Mon., Oct 19 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

What’s more comforting than a warm bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day? Stay warm this fall and join Mark Snyder for our seasonal soups series. He will give you all the basics to building those terrific flavors to your soup. You will also learn all the tricks to making a great successful soup.

NEW! Online Classes

Building Your Kitchen Apothecary | Dina Ranade, The Herbal Bake Shoppe

Tues., Oct 20 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

$25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Creating a kitchen apothecary and maintaining an herbal medicine cabinet is easier than you may think. The supply checklist likely includes items already in your kitchen. Join Dina for organization and herbal sourcing ideas as well as a demonstration on how to make tinctures as beginning stock for a pantry.

* Looking for more? Follow Dina’s Lunch and Learn: Herbal Preparations series for a head start on your at-home Kitchen Apothecary!

NEW! Online Classes

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges | Juliette Olshock

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

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 your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate 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.

Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 21 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to manage the many challenges of gardening in Western Pa. What plants are safe from deer? How do you manage shade? And what to do with a steep sloping garden. Learn unique strategies for dealing with these difficult sites in order to create a beautiful garden.

NEW! Online Classes

World Flavors: Making Asian Dumplings | Chef Rachel Homan

Thurs., Oct 22 |  5:30 - 7 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

Orchids 101: The Wide World of Orchids | Tim Choltco

Thursday, Oct. 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 non-members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Explore the wide variety of orchid species and learn more about what makes an orchid unique in the plant kingdom. Plus, learn the essentials for growing orchids at home, including how to successfully repot an orchid.

NEW! Online Classes

Capturing Textures in Graphite I and II | Robin Menard

Saturdays Oct. 24 and 31 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. and Nov. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$145 members | $165 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration will close on Oct. 10.
Objective: To be able to draw different botanical textures in graphite
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

Supply list (PDF)

Some of the most captivating botanical illustrations depict textures of the subject, but accurately translating them onto paper can be challenging. Tackle a variety of textures found in nature.  An exercise worksheet will be supplied to each student. Those taking Textures II will work on mastering additional challenging subjects. The final class will be used to review and share student art completed in the class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics: Pumpkin Bread | Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Mon., Oct 26 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Get ready to heat up your ovens, Bread Basics with Mark Snyder are back by popular demand! We’ll kick off this series with a popular sour dough bread recipe made using a homemade starter and move on to specialty breads including Ciabatta, Panettone and Pumpkin breads! This is a great way to kick off your fall season, and get ready to impress your guests with homemade bread at your next holiday gathering.

NEW! Online Classes

Italian Cuisine at Home: Penne al Pesto con Calamari | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., Oct 26 | 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

Halloween Centerpiece | Sarah Needham

Monday, Oct. 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$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.
Objective: To create a fun yet elegant Halloween centerpiece for your table
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

In this class, students will see several techniques being employed to create a cool Halloween themed centerpiece. We will discuss the flowers and foliage to use for the biggest impact and where to source some of the rarer items. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Make Your Own Herbal Tea Blends | Dina Ranade, The Herbal Bake Shoppe

Tues., Oct 27 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

$25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Are you a tea lover? Have you ever dared to grab the spices and try to make your very own tea? Grab your tea and relax while watching and exploring how to combine fresh or dried herbs into lovely tea blends that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Dina will walk you through the different herbs used in tea and what combinations make the best tea for your palate.

NEW! Online Classes

Western Pennsylvania Gardening Series: Managing Water in your Landscape | Gabe Tilove

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

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 your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate 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.

Managing Water in your Landscape | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 28 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Water moves through every landscape, and can be both a blessing and a curse. This class will introduce you to the key strategies and landforms that can help you slow down and infiltrate water flow in a way that is good for your garden and our local waterways.

NEW! Online Classes

Customizable Cooking: Mussels and Frites | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Oct 29 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

We have all had that favorite recipe, but maybe forgot an ingredient or two. Join Chef Emily in her customizable cooking series and learn all the tricks and tips to improvising. Emily will share great knowledge on substitutions and what you can use if something is forgotten! Don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry; we will still send you a recipe with ingredients, but have some fun with it and change things up if you would like.

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Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Jordan

Sat., Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and 21, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$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)

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.

For the online classes, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day will be devoted to instruction, demos, and working together on initial studies. From 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m., the instructor will be available to answer questions and assist students with their work. Students may remain on Zoom to work as a group or elect to complete these 3.5 hours on their own time. 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. 

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Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: November 1, 15 and 22 | 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: To be able to make tonal and semi-schematic drawings with pen and ink
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

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

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Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series: Creating Backyard Habitat for Birds, Pollinators and more | Juliette Olshock

Single Session: $25 members | $30 non-members (7 – 8:30 p.m.)

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 your all your garden questions answered.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate 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.

Creating Backyard Habitat for Birds, Pollinators and more | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Our gardens can support a variety of life; providing wonder and entertainment. Learn how to create a backyard habitat that attracts birds, pollinators and other wildlife, as well as the benefits of native plants and the importance of different habitat elements. Students will receive locally relevant plant lists and other resources.

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

Mon., Nov 9 | 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

Authentic Indian from Scratch Lunch and Learn: Instant Dosas | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

Wed., Nov 11 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

In this Authentic Indian Cuisine lunch and learn series, Chef Jayashree Iyengar will be teaching us all about the spices, flavors and unique techniques to Indian cuisine. You’ll receive not only authentic recipes, but also newfound confidence in Indian cooking.

*Looking for more? Put your new skills to the test and join Chef Jay in our Authentic Indian Cuisine Cook-Along series!

Authentic Indian from Scratch Lunch and Learn: Instant Dosas | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

Wed., Nov 11 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Single Class $9 members | $11 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

In this Authentic Indian Cuisine lunch and learn series, Chef Jayashree Iyengar will be teaching us all about the spices, flavors and unique techniques to Indian cuisine. You’ll receive not only authentic recipes, but also newfound confidence in Indian cooking.

*Looking for more? Put your new skills to the test and join Chef Jay in our Authentic Indian Cuisine Cook-Along series!

NEW! Online Classes

Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Dishes Series | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Cauliflower and Wild Rice Stuffing - Thurs., Nov 12 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash - Thurs., Nov 19 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Series $45 members | $50 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Tired of the same old Thanksgiving dinner every year? Chef Emily will take Thanksgiving to new level this year and add some unique vegetarian inspired side dishes to your line up. Whether you’re vegetarian or just need a change of pace, these dishes will surprise your Thanksgiving dinner guests and leave them wanting more.

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Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Dishes: Cauliflower and Wild Rice Stuffing | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Nov 12 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

 Tired of the same old Thanksgiving dinner every year? Chef Emily will take Thanksgiving to new level this year and add some unique vegetarian inspired side dishes to your line up. Whether you’re vegetarian or just need a change of pace, these dishes will surprise your Thanksgiving dinner guests and leave them wanting more.

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Painting Autumn Leaves and Nuts on Vellum | Visiting Artist Carol Woodin

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14 | 9:30 – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

$195 members | $225 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Students will have a completed or nearly completed painting on vellum at the end of the class.
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite:  Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

Supply list (PDF)

This two-day immersion into painting in watercolor on vellum will show participants why artists love working with this beautiful but quirky material. With acorns, nuts, chestnuts, and autumn leaves as subjects, artists will build layers, bringing life to browns and neutrals in the nuts and to vibrant colors of fall leaves. Learn to increase color intensity and build form, while developing techniques that take advantage of vellum’s best qualities. After the class is over, students can email photos of their completed paintings for a final critique.  Work in progress can also be emailed so the instructor can help guide students to the next stage. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Elective.

* Space is limited. Please register early.

Image © Carol Woodin

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Planning Thanksgiving Dinner | Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Mon., Nov 16 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

$25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Whether you’re looking for new menu ideas or this is your first year in charge, Mark Snyder is here to demystify the laborious Thanksgiving Dinner. Mark will cover everything from menu planning, to shopping to hosting guests. Plus get some new recipes to add to the table! After this class you should be ready to take on this holiday meal.

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Authentic Indian from Scratch Cook-Along Series: Instant Dosas with Sambar and Chutney | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

Wed., Nov. 18 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Single Class with Ingredient Pickup $45 members | $48 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Jayashree Iyengar as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Learn new spice combinations and bring authentic delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation.

For an additional $20, students can opt in for a contactless pick up of the ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen, 3 - 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16 and 17, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. the day of the class, Nov. 18. This option will close one week before the class takes place. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick-up. Ingredient pickup includes ingredients for 4 servings of each dish.

*Looking for more? Join us for our Authentic Indian Lunch and Learn Series and make homemade spice blends and more to apply in class!

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Elegant Autumn Arrangements | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wednesday Nov. 18 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$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: Use unusual color combinations for fall entertaining to create a long and low centerpiece with fresh floral materials.

A diversion from “expected” fall colors will be featured in this demonstration of centerpieces and table-scapes.  The key project will feature a long and low centerpiece constructed of fresh and dried materials. Additional inspiration and styles will be demonstrated. Floral Design Certificate elective

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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Basic Bow Making Lunch and Learn | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday, Nov. 19 | noon – 12:30 p.m.

Single session: $10 members | $12 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.
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

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Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Dishes: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Thurs., Nov 19 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Single Class $25 members | $28 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Tired of the same old Thanksgiving dinner every year? Chef Emily will take Thanksgiving to new level this year and add some unique vegetarian inspired side dishes to your line up. Whether you’re vegetarian or just need a change of pace, these dishes will surprise your Thanksgiving dinner guests and leave them wanting more.

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

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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.
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

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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.

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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

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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 

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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.
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.

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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.
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

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World Flavors: Argentinian Cuisine | Chef Rachel Homan

Mon., Dec 14 |  5:30 - 7 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.

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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

Authentic Indian from Scratch Lunch and Learn Series | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

Intro to Indian Spices: Garam Masala – Wed., Sept 9 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
South Indian Spice Powders - Wed., Oct 7 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Instant Dosas - Wed., Nov 11 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Class Series $30 members | $35 nonmembers

In this Authentic Indian Cuisine lunch and learn series, Chef Jayashree Iyengar will be teaching us all about the spices, flavors and unique techniques to Indian cuisine. You’ll receive not only authentic recipes, but also newfound confidence in Indian cooking.

* Looking for more? Put your new skills to the test and join Chef Jay in our Authentic Indian Cuisine Cook-Along series!

NEW! Online Classes

Drawing Deciduous Trees | Melissa Fabian

Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. 

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through 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

Supply list (PDF)

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

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Lunch and Learn: Bread Basics Series | Chef Mark Snyder, Cook2Eat2Live

Sour Dough - Mon., Sept 14 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Ciabatta Bread - Mon., Sept 28 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Panettone Bread - Mon., Oct 12 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Pumpkin Bread - Mon., Oct 26 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Class Series: $30 members | $35 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Get ready to heat up your ovens, Bread Basics with Mark Snyder are back by popular demand! We’ll kick off this series with a popular sour dough bread recipe made using a homemade starter and move on to specialty breads including Ciabatta, Panettone and Pumpkin breads! This is a great way to kick off your fall season, and get ready to impress your guests with homemade bread at your next holiday gathering. 

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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

Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape | Joshua Beblo

Mondays: Sept. 14, 21 and 28 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to identify the characteristics, needs and landscape uses of a variety of native woody plants
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design suggested but not required

Identify woody plants that reflect local native plant communities and survey the taxonomic features of these plants, including growth habit, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements. Using these attributes, learn the importance of site placement and create ecologically informed landscape designs. Native Plant Landscapes core course; Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

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Authentic Indian from Scratch Cook-Along Series | Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds

North Indian Cuisine: Roti, Naan and Dhal – Wed., Sept. 16 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
South Indian Cooking: Indian Breakfast for Dinner - Wed., Oct. 14 | 5 – 6:30 p.m. (Menu: Onion / Tomato / Coconut Chutney, Flattened Rice (Aval or Poha) Uppuma)
Instant Dosas with Sambar and Chutney - Wed., Nov. 18 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Series $70 members | $80 nonmembers

Class Series with Ingredient Pickup $130 members | $140 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Chef Jayashree Iyengar as she teaches us the world of Indian cooking. Each hands-on cooking session will include not only delicious food but also a cultural connection to each meal. Learn new spice combinations and bring authentic delicious Indian cuisine into your home cooking rotation.

For an additional $20 per class, students can opt in for a contactless pick up of the ingredients at Phipps Botany Hall Kitchen, 3 - 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday before each class and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. the day of each class. This option will close one week before the series begins. No substitutions are available for ingredient pick-up.  Ingredient pickup includes ingredients for 4 servings of each dish.

* Looking for more? Join us for our Authentic Indian Lunch and Learn Series and make homemade spice blends and more to apply in class!

NEW! Online Classes

Western Pennsylvania Gardener Series | Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock

Wednesdays: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4

Full Series: $220 members | $250 non-members (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

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 your all your garden questions answered.

Students may register for individual classes, or the entire series. Full series participants will have an additional 30 minutes of class each week for follow-up Q&A and discussion from the previous class. Full series students will also have access to a Google Classrooms page to share resources, ask questions throughout the week, and connect with fellow students.

Sessions will be taught by Phipps staff, Gabe Tilove and Juliette Olshock.

Gabe Tilove is the associate 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.

Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Native plants are essential to a thriving backyard ecosystem – join us to learn more about what makes a plant “native” to western Pa. and how they support birds and butterflies. Discover our favorite native perennials, shrubs and trees for a variety of landscape uses, learn about Phipps’ Sustainable Plant finder, and connect with local and mail order nurseries to source great native plants – it’s not too late to plant this fall!

Weed and Invasive Plant Management | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Without proper management, weeds and invasive plants can take over a garden, choke out preferred plants, and damage your backyard ecosystem. This class will familiarize you with key strategies for managing weeds, clarify the difference between a weed and invasive plant, and introduce you to some of the most common species in our region.

Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock and Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Fruits are one of the most satisfying crops you can grow at home! Learn the differences between types of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and how to purchase, plant, and maintain them. An overview of other less common fruits will also be included.

Pruning, Planting and Maintenance: The Fall Garden | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Fall is a wonderful time to get busy again in the garden after the heat of summer has subsided, Join us for a comprehensive review of fall garden activities. Sharpen up your pruning skills, review planting techniques for trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, get tips to thicken up your lawn, learn about soil testing, and discuss fall clean-up best practices that support both plant and pollinator health.

Creating and Managing Healthy Soil | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Healthy soil is essential for good plant growth. In this class, learn the fundamentals of soil characteristics including the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil, as well as the strategies for improving soil health in order to grow healthy plants and minimize pest and disease pressure. The importance of soil tests will be discussed as well as how and why to take a soil test.

Deer, Shade and Hillsides: Addressing Western PA Garden Challenges | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Learn how to manage the many challenges of gardening in Western Pa. What plants are safe from deer? How do you manage shade? And what to do with a steep sloping garden. Learn unique strategies for dealing with these difficult sites in order to create a beautiful garden.

Managing Water in your Landscape | Gabe Tilove

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Water moves through every landscape, and can be both a blessing and a curse. This class will introduce you to the key strategies and landforms that can help you slow down and infiltrate water flow in a way that is good for your garden and our local waterways.

Creating Backyard Habitat for Birds, Pollinators and more | Juliette Olshock

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Our gardens can support a variety of life; providing wonder and entertainment. Learn how to create a backyard habitat that attracts birds, pollinators and other wildlife, as well as the benefits of native plants and the importance of different habitat elements. Students will receive locally relevant plant lists and other resources.

The full series option is now closed. Individual sessions are listed above.

NEW! Online Classes

Customizable Cooking Series | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup

Minestrone Soup and Popovers - Thurs., Sept 17 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Quiche with a Craveable Green Salad - Thurs., Oct 1 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Roasted Vegetable Galette - Thurs., Oct 15 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Mussels and Frites - Thurs., Oct 29 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Series $90 members | $100  nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

We have all had that favorite recipe, but maybe forgot an ingredient or two. Join Chef Emily in her customizable cooking series and learn all the tricks and tips to improvising. Emily will share great knowledge on substitutions and what you can use if something is forgotten! Don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry; we will still send you a recipe with ingredients, but have some fun with it and change things up if you would like.

NEW! Online Classes

Vase Design Techniques and Application (formerly Vase Arrangement I and II) | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursdays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 (Makeup date: Oct. 22) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

$190 members | $210 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Materials: Students will need to source their own materials to “make along” with the instructor. Material lists with options will be provided for the course.
Objective: To be able to effectively arrange flowers in a vase
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design or Contemporary European Design

Learn the application of design techniques needed to create a variety of vase design styles, from more basic to higher skill level work. From classic garden to modern styles, build your knowledge with the use of foliage, armatures and creative techniques.  Gain a better understanding for selecting appropriate floral, foliage and materials for vase compositions. Please Note: Photos of your design will need to be submitted to the instructor following each class for course credit. Floral Design Certificate core course, equivalent to Vase Arrangements I and II

Registration for this class is now closed.

NEW! Online Classes

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.

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

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

Using different techniques, you can make colored pencil tones look like a drawing or a painting, providing you with the versatility to create a wide variety of surface textures. Develop your color perception and become familiar with colored pencil tools, color applications and color theory fundamentals. Learn to layer colors to achieve different hues and densities and master a variety of techniques, including burnishing, impressed line and sgraffito. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Registration for this class is now closed.

NEW! Online Classes

Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and  1 – 3  p.m. and After Class Meeting Oct. 17 | 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a 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

Supply list (PDF)

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.

NEW! Online Classes

Lunch and Learn: Herbal Preparations Series | Dina Ranade, The Herbal Bake Shoppe

Infused Vinegar and Oxymels - Tues., Sept 22 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Infused Oil and Herbal Truffles - Tues., Sept 29 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Herbal Steams, Gargles and Syrups - Tues., Oct 6 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Herbal Honey, Jams and Tonics - Tues., Oct 13 | 12:30 – 1 p.m.

Class Series $30 members | $35 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join Dina Ranade, Herbalist and Registered Dietician, to explore common culinary herbs from a medicinal perspective and discover their far reach beyond ordinary seasonings. Each class will include discussions on benefits, recipes for suggested uses and demonstrations of herbal preparations. Share a cup of tea and begin to build your own kitchen apothecary.

* Looking for more? Join Dina on Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m. for tips on creating your kitchen apothecary and maintaining your herbal medicine cabinet!

NEW! Online Classes

Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey

Tuesdays: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$120 members | $140 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Explore different aspects of photography through the use of a digital camera. Topics to be covered include digital workflow, camera settings, composition, image transfer and viewing preparation. Subjects like white balance, jpeg versus raw formats, and histograms will be demystified so that they can be used as reliable tools. As you practice, you will receive instructor feedback on weekly photographic assignments. People with all levels of experience are welcome.

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 |  5:30 - 7 p.m.
Argentinian Cuisine - Mon., Dec 14 |  5:30 - 7 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.

Select photos © Phil Johnson II, Paul g. Wiegman, Martin LaBar