NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks must be worn by all guests ages 2 and up, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. 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.

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.

Current Classes

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Classes in Progress

  • Drawing Bird Nests and Eggs | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: May 9, May 23 and June 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues., June 22 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

  • Drawing the 3 B’s: Bees, Beetles and Butterflies | Melissa Fabian | Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6 and 13 | 1 – 4 p.m. (with short breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues., Aug. 3, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey | Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16 and 30 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

  • Limning I and II | Christine Hutson |  Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17 and 24, July 1 and 8 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with half hour lunch break) | After-Class Meeting: Thurs., July 15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays June, 5, 12 and 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30pm (with lunch break) | After-class meeting: Tues., July 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education: Early season virtual classes: Wednesdays: June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Perennials for a Sustainable Landscape | Leslie Kaplan | Thursdays: June 10, 17 and 24 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Detailed Listings

BBQ Side Dishes that Steal the Show: Spiced Peanut Sweet Potato Salad and S’mores Bars | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., June 17 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

* The grocery pickup option for this class is now closed.

Class hosted on Zoom

Bring the party with you when you show up with these amazing, unique side dishes. These recipes are modern day classics that will be welcome at any summer gathering. Dive in with Chef Emily Larsen to put a tasty twist on these summer picnic classics!

Botanical Beverages: Cocktails and Mocktails from the Garden | Hanna Mosca and Drew Cranisky*

Fri., June 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$40 members | $45 nonmembers

* The ingredient pickup option for this class is now closed.

Class hosted on Zoom

Grab a partner and join Drew Cranisky of Independent Brewing Co. and Hanna Mosca from Grow Pittsburgh in this hands-on garden cocktail workshop. Drew and Hanna will share with us three different cocktail recipes that are tasty, simple to make and provide a nice variety of summer flavors. Drew will make a basil gimlet, a Kentucky buck and a cucumber Collins using fresh seasonal herbs and fruits from Grow Pittsburgh. Hanna will highlight her favorite herbs, fruits and vegetables and provide tips for growing them at home. 

NEW! Online Classes
Graphite Drawing by Jessi Evans

Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard

Sun., June 20 and Saturdays: June 26 and July 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., July 18 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Registration for this class is now closed.

$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. Students must register by Fri., June 4. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Tour of Italy: A Night in Umbria | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., June 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Class hosted on Zoom

Join Chef Justin Melnick for a culinary tour of Italy! Chef Justin, trained in Italy, will take us on a journey from region to region throughout Italy. You’ll learn took 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 prior so you can cook along with us and have dinner on the table by 7:30!

NEW! Online Classes

Trellising and Other Vertical Growing Strategies | Dan Dalton

Mon., June 21 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$15 members | $20 nonmembers

Presented as a live Webinar through Zoom

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

When growing space is limited, the only direction to grow is up! Whether you grow in-ground, in raised beds, in planters or in pots, there's a trellis or vertical growing strategy that will fit your needs. We'll discuss inexpensive structures and strategies for getting the most out of your growing spaces this year!

Everything You Need to Know About Sourdough! | Chloe Newman, Crust Worthy Pittsburgh

Tuesdays: June 22 and 29 | 7 – 8 p.m.

Class series: $35 members | $40 nonmembers

Class hosted on Zoom

Join Chloe Newman of Crust Worthy Pittsburgh to learn everything you need to know about sourdough, from the starter to crumbs of baked goods! Week one, Chloe will walk us through making your own starter at home and answer all of your sourdough questions. Come back in week two for delicious sourdough recipes. 

Taste of the Season Series*: June: Celebrate the Solstice | Chef Rachel Homan

Wed., June 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Eating seasonally means getting the freshest available food with the greatest health benefits, which is good for our bodies and for our planet, too. By sourcing locally we can eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods long distances while also supporting our community. Join Chef Emily and Chef Rachel this summer in tasting the season and learning to create dishes from the freshest — and therefore tastiest — ingredients around. 

June brings the summer solstice! To celebrate, Chef Rachel will share a delicious meal of grilled salmon and seasonal veggie skewers and a bright salad.

Each class will feature locally-sourced produce. Check back for featured vendors. 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

Weeknight Indian at Home | Chef Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds*

Wed., July 7 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30

Class hosted on Zoom

No need for take out! Get an authentic Indian dinner on the table even during the week. Join Chef Jay in making several traditional Indian recipes including bhel puri, kitchedi and raita!

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

Taste of the Season*: July: Summertime Berry Bliss | Chef Emily Larsen

Thurs., July 8 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Eating seasonally means getting the freshest available food with the greatest health benefits, which is good for our bodies and for our planet, too. By sourcing locally we can eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods long distances while also supporting our community. Join Chef Emily and Chef Rachel this summer in tasting the season and learning to create dishes from the freshest — and therefore tastiest — ingredients around. 

Get the most out summertime berries with Chef Emily as she shows us how to use fresh berries to make both sweet and savory dishes in July.

Each class will feature locally-sourced produce. Check back for featured vendors. 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

NEW! Online Classes

History of Roman and Italian Gardens | Joshua Beblo

Thursdays: July  8,15 and 22 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be conversant in the history and design elements of Roman and Italian gardens

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

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

With their foundations in ancient Rome, Italian gardens flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beginning in Roman antiquity, examine the design of private outdoor spaces through the Baroque period as influenced by the geographic and social characteristics unique to the Apennine Peninsula. Using numerous drawings and photographs, visually tour several villas that represent significant changes in style and design philosophies, from the initial gardens of Roman emperors to those of wealthy merchants and religious leaders. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective. This course has been approved for 6.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

NEW! Online Classes
Colored Pencil on Black Paper by Amy Lindenberger

Colored Pencil Florals on Black Paper I, II and III | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: July 10, 17 and 24 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Aug. 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create colored pencil botanical drawings on a black background

Level: Intermediate to advanced

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

*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.

Colored pencil drawings are traditionally applied to white or light, neutral-colored papers, but some subjects — such as night blooming flowers — can be much more effective against very dark backgrounds. Those backgrounds can be difficult (and labor intensive) to achieve with colored pencil. Discuss colored pencil opacity and explore key techniques for using colored pencil on black and very dark-colored surfaces to keep colors true and luminous. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes
Rabbit in Pen and Ink by Beatrix Potter

Illustrating Nature’s Fauna with Pen and Ink | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: July 11 and 25, Aug. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Wed., Aug. 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create study pages and draw fauna with pen and ink 

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Pen and Ink I

*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.

Using several wildlife artists as inspiration, create study pages using pen and ink techniques. Choose the fauna from your student pages that greatly impact the local flora and create a final project illustrating the relationship of both. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Fermented Beverages: Kombucha and Water Kefir | Trevor Ring, of Community Cultures

Mon., July 12 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Class hosted on Zoom

There’s nothing like a bubbly probiotic beverage to quench your thirst and add flavorful microbes to your gut flora. Learn the basics for fermenting your own kombucha and water kefir at home. Participants will be guided through the process of using starter cultures through lecture, taste and hands-on experience. 

NEW! Online Classes

Backyard Composting Workshop | Nancy Martin, PA Resources Council

Tues., July 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers (optional: $70 for a home composting bin)*

Offered as a live webinar through Zoom

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

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

* Students have the option to purchase a home composting bin through the Pennsylvania Resources Council at time of registration. Contactless pick-up will be available from Phipps Garden Center on Fri., July 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. or by appointment at the PRC Office. 

NEW! Online Classes

Floral Necklace Art | Sarah Needham

Tues., July 13 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Demo only: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

With materials: $70 members | $75 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create a floral necklace

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Some floral design experience recommended

Learn several wire techniques to create an artistic armature in which to attach various flowers and botanicals. Discussions will include proper tools, types of wire, materials and types of flowers best suited to staying fresh without a water source and proper material positioning. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes
Watercolor on Vellum by Carol Woodin

Watercolor on Vellum Summer Berries | visiting artist Carol Woodin

Friday and Sunday, July 16 and 18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After class meeting: Aug. 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$195 members | $225 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to paint drybrush technique on vellum  

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

*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.

Summer brings beautiful berries, and they make great paintings. After a brief discussion of vellum and its characteristics, artists will transfer their drawings of berry bunches to vellum. Through discussion, demonstration, and practice artists will learn effective drybrush techniques on vellum. Conveying berry shapes and surface color, as well as bloom if present, will be demonstrated and practiced. Each participant will have a substantially advanced or completed painting by the end of the second day. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Zero Waste Cooking Series | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Carrot Ginger Soup with Carrot Top Pesto: Thurs., July 22 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Ribollita and Broccoli Stem Salad: Thurs., July 29 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Flavor Bombs, Quick Jams, Quick Pickles and Fruit Crisps: Thurs., Aug 5 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Class series: $70 members | $85 nonmembers

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Learn how to repurpose kitchen scraps into delicious meals. This class will show you how to reduce waste and use every part of the food you buy! 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

Zero Waste Cooking: Carrot Ginger Soup with Carrot Top Pesto | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., July 22 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Learn how to repurpose kitchen scraps into delicious meals. This class will show you how to reduce waste and use every part of the food you buy! 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

Tour of Italy: A Night in Tuscany | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., July 26 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Class hosted on Zoom

Join Chef Justin Melnick for a culinary tour of Italy! Chef Justin, trained in Italy, will take us on a journey from region to region throughout Italy. You’ll learn took 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 prior so you can cook along with us and have dinner on the table by 7:30!

Zero Waste Cooking: Ribollita and Broccoli Stem Salad | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., July 29 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Learn how to repurpose kitchen scraps into delicious meals. This class will show you how to reduce waste and use every part of the food you buy! 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

NEW! Online Classes

Topiary in Floral Design | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wed., July 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Demo only: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

With materials: $75 members | $80 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create topiaries using fresh cut flowers

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

Topiary arrangements help a designer make a big statement. Learn the techniques and mechanics of floral topiary design utilizing fresh cut flowers. Pick up materials from Phipps and design your own topiary piece along with the instructor.  Floral Design Certificate elective

Taste of the Season*: August: End of the Season Harvest | Chef Rachel Homan

Tues., Aug. 3 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Eating seasonally means getting the freshest available food with the greatest health benefits, which is good for our bodies and for our planet, too. By sourcing locally we can eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods long distances while also supporting our community. Join Chef Emily and Chef Rachel this summer in tasting the season and learning to create dishes from the freshest — and therefore tastiest — ingredients around. 

In August, Chef Rachel will be back cooking up the last of the season’s produce before fall. In this class we’ll make grilled chicken served with grilled watermelon and a bright salad with fresh tomatoes and corn.

Each class will feature locally-sourced produce. Check back for featured vendors. 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

Vegetarian Indian Summer | Chef Jayashree Iyengar, Popping Mustard Seeds*

Wed., Aug 4 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30

Class hosted on Zoom

Join Chef Jay as she turns this season’s produce into a hearty vegetarian Indian dinner. We’ll make a seasonal vegetable kootu, a tasty okra stir fry with rice and a refreshing lassi. We’ll use traditional Indian spices and seasonal produce for each recipe. 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

Zero Waste Cooking: Flavor Bombs, Quick Jams, Quick Pickles and Fruit Crisps | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., Aug 5 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Learn how to repurpose kitchen scraps into delicious meals. This class will show you how to reduce waste and use every part of the food you buy! 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

NEW! Online Classes

Make Your Own Live Plant Terrarium | Monica Colantoni

Thurs., Aug. 5 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

$45 members | $50 nonmembers (materials included)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Learn how to create a living garden under glass while discussing plant selection, visual design, proper care and different styles of terrariums, such as open versus closed and wet versus dry. Students should source their own container — anything from a glass bowl to an apothecary jar is appropriate. All other materials (including soil, moss, rocks and plants) will be provided in a material kit for pick-up.

NEW! Online Classes
Watercolor by Julia Trickey

Celebrating Imperfection Watercolor Workshop | visiting artist Julia Trickey

Friday., Aug. 6 | 9 a.m. – noon EST | 1500 – 1800 BST
Sun., Aug. 8  | 10 am – noon EST |1600 – 1800 BST

$195 members | $225 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to use several watercolor techniques for depicting a faded specimen

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisite: Drawing I and II and Watercolor I

*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.

In this workshop students will look at how to depict less than perfect flower or leaf specimens. We will look at the characteristics of fading subjects, and consider the process and techniques for capturing these in watercolor. This may include features of fading flowers, how to make flowers look translucent, wet-in-wet techniques for undulating leaves and petals, working larger than life, composition and background options and fine detail.   Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Salt Brines and Pickles | Trevor Ring, of Community Cultures

Mon., Aug 9 | 7 – 8:15 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Class hosted on Zoom

There’s nothing like a fresh, crisp, lacto-fermented cucumber pickle in the middle of summer. Discover the difference between fermented and vinegar pickles, deconstruct the process for making the ideal crisp pickle and explore other possibilities for vegetable fermentation using salt brines. 

NEW! Online Classes
Photo by Sarah Needham

D.I.Y. Dried Moss Wall Art | Sarah Needham

Tues., Aug. 10 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$60 members | $65 nonmembers (includes materials)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Moss art brings the beauty and texture of nature into your home. You will get a complete material kit, including a shadowbox frame to create your own beautiful slice of nature to hang on your wall. Beyond dried moss, you will also receive stones, twigs and other natural materials. Feel free to collect your own materials to add to the arrangement. 

NEW! Online Classes

Native Plant Design for Small Yards | Gwen Wisniewski

Tues., Aug. 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.  

$22 members | $27 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to select and design with native plants for small residential spaces

Level: Beginner to intermediate 

Prerequisite: None

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

Learn to design with and use native plants in small areas. Discover the importance of using native plants in the landscape and how to choose the proper plants for your yard based on various limiting factors, including soil, light, moisture, wind and possible pests. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design and Native Plant Landscapes elective. This course has been approved for 2.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

NEW! Online Classes

A Study in Sunflowers | Korkey Noah Kibbey

Wed., Aug 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Demo only: $25 members | $30 nonmembers

With materials: $75 members | $80 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use sunflowers in a variety of floral design styles

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

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

Is there anything more iconic than a sunflower? Be inspired by this late season stunner and learn multiple ways you can use sunflowers in different designs. Pick up the materials to make your own arrangement along with the instructor. Floral Design Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

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

Thursdays: Aug. 12, 19 and 26 | 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

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

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. This course has been approved for 6.0 CEUs for arborists by ISA and 6.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

NEW! Online Classes
Watercolor by Holly Johnson

Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Jordan

Saturdays: Aug. 14, 21 and 28 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Sept. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

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

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.

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, 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, you will produce a series of studies that demonstrate the foundational techniques of transparent watercolor and application of those techniques to rendering plant forms.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course (Watercolor concentration)

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

NEW! Online Classes

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

Saturdays: Aug. 14, 21 and 28 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Wed., Sept. 8 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

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

*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

NEW! Online Classes
Lily in Colored Pencil by Amy Lindenberger

Dark-to-Light Colored Pencil Technique For Dramatic Lighting I and II | Amy Lindenberger

Sundays: Aug. 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
Sat., Sept. 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Sept. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create dark-to-light colored pencil technique on medium-dark surfaces

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I

*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.

Learn how to apply colored pencil to medium and medium-dark colored surfaces. Begin the color application with a layer of black colored pencil, creating very rich color through the concept known as simultaneous contrast. Start practicing from a photographic sample and progress to illustrating a floral specimen. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

NEW! Online Classes

Rain Garden Design for Homeowners | Andrea Haynes, L.A.

Mondays: Aug 16, 23 and 30 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom with optional walking tour

Objective: To be able to design a small residential rain garden for your home

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Materials: graph paper (quadrille or ¼” engineering graph paper), circle template or compass, ruler. Materials will not be needed until class session 2, so instructor can provide clarification in the first session. 

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

Learn how rain gardens positively impact the environment and how to implement your own rain garden project. You will be guided through the process, from site selection, stormwater runoff calculations, plant selection and aesthetic considerations. Step-by-step creation of a rain garden plan drawing for your site and the installation process will also be covered. Please note: some properties may not have suitable space available for a rain garden. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design certificate elective. This course has been approved for 2.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

Preserving the Season: Tomatoes | Susan Marquesen

Tues., Aug. 17 | 7 – 8 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Class hosted on Zoom

Tomatoes are the number one vegetable grown in America and are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Preserve tomatoes now and enjoy them all winter long. Discuss the basics of tomato preservation and learn how to safely process tomatoes using research-based methods of drying, freezing and hot water bath canning. Discover the benefits and drawbacks of each method. Demonstrations will include making salsa and another fun spicy sauce. 

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Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education: Late Season | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Late season pickup: Tuesdays: Aug. 17 and 31, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 12 | 12 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Late season virtual classes: Wednesdays: Aug. 18, Sept. 1, 15 and 29, Oct. 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Single season: $275 members | $305 nonmembers

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

Fill your home with flowers with Phipps’ new local flower subscription program. Pick up a fresh, bountiful bucket of seasonal flowers every two weeks from Phipps – supplied by local farmers, Cherry Valley Organics. Then tune in as Phipps’ floral instructor, Polly Berginc, shows you how to turn your flowers into a beautiful arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, the elements of design, basic color theory, and lots of other tips and tricks for great looking arrangements at home. Floral Design Certificate elective 

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Floral Morphology | Bonnie Isaac

Sundays: Aug. 22 and 29 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)

$150 members | $170 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to understand plant morphology and function, and quickly and accurately draw a plant’s reproductive and vegetative characteristics

Level: Beginner to intermediate

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.

Study the morphology of a flower, including its parts, evolutionary trends and pollination adaptations. Plus dissect and draw flowers representing a variety of plant families.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Tour of Italy: A Night in Sicily | Chef Justin Melnick, Executive Chef at Spello

Mon., Aug 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Class hosted on Zoom

Join Chef Justin Melnick for a culinary tour of Italy! Chef Justin, trained in Italy, will take us on a journey from region to region throughout Italy. You’ll learn took 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 prior so you can cook along with us and have dinner on the table by 7:30!

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Season Extension: Wickets, Hoops and Tunnels | Dan Dalton

Mon., Aug. 23 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Just because the temperature is going to drop doesn't mean you have to close up the garden! There are many cost-effective ways to extend the season using D.I.Y. season extension tools like wickets, hoops and tunnels. We'll discuss how to select the right crops for late-season production, which season-extension strategies are right for you and how to make your own season extension tools with off-the-shelf materials and basic tools. 

Spices 101 | Chef Rachel Homan

Tues., Aug 24 | 6 – 8 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers 

Grocery pickup: $30

Class hosted on Zoom

Join Chef Rachel Homan for a crash course in spices! Chef Rachel will teach us the differences between herbs and spices, their life spans and how to store and get the most out of each. In this class we’ll be learning in action while making a baked chicken breast served over penne pasta with a fresh basil pesto using two types of compound butters. 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

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Watercolor by Robin Menard

Botanical Collections | Robin Menard

Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., Oct. 24 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To create a painting from your collection of nature’s treasures

Level: Beginner to intermediate

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

*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.

All of us have jars and drawers filled with little treasures collected on our walks, or while tending our gardens. Create a collection painting with your favorite items! Feathers, shells, leaves, twigs, rocks or acorns — what treasures do you have hidden away? Pull them out and depict special arrangements of your finds in colored pencil, watercolor or mixed media. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

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Graphite Drawing by Jessi Evans

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. [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

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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. (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

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Colored Pencil and Graphite Drawing by Ann Swan

Creating Tactile Textures with Colored Pencil and Graphite with Visiting Artist Ann Swan

Friday., Sept. 17 | 9 a.m. – noon EST | 1400 – 1700 BST
Sun., Sept. 19  | 10 a.m. – noon EST |1500 – 1700 BST

$195 members | $225 nonmembers

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To try different techniques with colored pencil and graphite to create tactile texture

Level: Beginner to Intermediate  

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil 

*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.

In this short course Ann will show you some of her many tricks and tips for creating realistic textures for bloom, velvety petals, strong highlights, surface patterns, hairy stems and fuzzy leaves. Learn the importance of planning; when and in what order do you underpaint, blend, use resist or emboss? 

This workshop is for having a go and trying out all these techniques which when mastered will add depth, realism and interest to your finished colour pencil work and certainly help you attract an audience for your painting. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

This class is now filled. Please contact Phipps at edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Oct. 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this class will close on Sept. 7.

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: 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.

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 class (Colored Pencil concentration) 

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Watercolor by Amy Lewandowski

Autumn Gourds in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski

Saturdays: Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Oct. 19 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to use masking fluid and watercolor washes to enhance the painting of a seasonal gourd

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and Watercolor I

*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.

Use masking fluid techniques and a variety of watercolor washes to enhance the illustration of a colorful autumn gourd. Create glowing layers of autumn color to a single or multiple gourd composition through a series of demonstrations, individual help and group discussion. Please purchase gourds of special interest to paint during class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

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Drawing Bird Nests and Eggs | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: May 9, May 23 and June 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues., June 22 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To study the relationship of artistry and scientific accuracy of an environmentally challenged species, birds, and their “homes”
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, and at least one of the following: Pen and Ink 1, Colored Pencil 1, or Watercolor 1

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.

Study the nest and eggs of local birds, using local resources such as The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the National Aviary and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Drawings should focus on the many parts of plants used to create the nest and the botanical structure often used to support the nest and eggs. Use guided practice and research handouts, 2D photographs and videos of nests and eggs as resources for drawing. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Watercolor by Genevieve Jones

Taste of the Season Series*

May: Quiche with Fresh Springtime Greens | Thurs., May 13 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. with Chef Emily Larsen
June: Celebrate the Solstice | Wed., June 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. with Chef Rachel Homan
July: Summertime Berry Bliss | Thurs., July 8 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. with Chef Emily Larsen
August: End of the Season Harvest | Tues., Aug. 3 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. with Chef Rachel Homan

Class series: $95 members | $115 nonmembers

Grocery pickup: $30 per class

Class hosted on Zoom

Eating seasonally means getting the freshest available food with the greatest health benefits, which is good for our bodies and for our planet, too. By sourcing locally we can eliminate environmental damage caused by shipping foods long distances while also supporting our community. Join Chef Emily and Chef Rachel this summer in tasting the season and learning to create dishes from the freshest — and therefore tastiest — ingredients around. 

Spring means fresh greens. Chef Emily will show us how to use those greens in a homemade quiche. June brings the summer solstice! To celebrate, Chef Rachel will share a delicious meal of grilled salmon and seasonal veggie skewers and a bright salad. Get the most out summertime berries with Chef Emily as she shows us how to use fresh berries to make both sweet and savory dishes in July. Then in August, Chef Rachel will be back cooking up the last of the season’s produce before fall. In this class we’ll make grilled chicken served with grilled watermelon and a bright salad with fresh tomatoes and corn.

Each class will feature locally-sourced produce. Check back for featured vendors. 

*Ingredient pickup is available for this class. Ingredient pickup includes 4 servings of each recipe and can be picked up at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the day of class and the day before class. More details will be sent after registration.

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

A Night in Piedmont: Mon., May 17 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
A Night in Umbria: Mon., June 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
A Night in Tuscany: Mon., July 26 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
A Night in Sicily: Mon., Aug 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Class series: $95 members | $115 nonmembers

Class hosted on Zoom

Join Chef Justin Melnick for a culinary tour of Italy! Chef Justin, trained in Italy, will take us on a journey from region to region throughout Italy. You’ll learn took 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 prior so you can cook along with us and have dinner on the table by 7:30!

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Colored Pencil by Melissa Fabian

Drawing the 3 B’s: Bees, Beetles and Butterflies | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6 and 13 | 1 – 4 p.m. (with short breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues., Aug. 3, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to draw bees, beetles and butterflies

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II and Colored Pencil I or Watercolor I

*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 study the life cycle of the many pollinators that are attracted to the native plants of southwestern Pennsylvania and learn how insects use these plants at different lifecycle stages as a Host or Nectar source.  Students will record and draw the various stages of these diverse local pollinators on “Study Pages”.  Different texture rendering techniques will be taught to show a bee with pollen coated legs, iridescent beetles and colorful accuracy on a butterfly wing.  A final project will be assigned. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

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Digital Photography | Don Orkoskey

Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16 and 30 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

$110 members | $125 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Learn or improve your knowledge and love of photography and your use of your digital camera. Topics to be covered include exposure, camera settings, composition and troubleshooting. Learn how to capture motion, about depth of field and focus, how to use histograms and exposure compensation. As you practice, you will receive instructor feedback on weekly photographic assignments. People with all levels of experience and all types of digital cameras are welcome.

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Watercolor by Christine Hutson

Limning I and II | Christine Hutson

Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17 and 24, July 1 and 8 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with half hour lunch break)
After-Class Meeting: Thurs., July 15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To use and build on or improve limning style techniques and create detailed illustrations

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent watercolor experience) 

*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.

Limning, a traditional painting method dating back to the Renaissance, has been used by botanical artists and scientific illustrators for centuries and is still favored by those who need to portray their subjects with great precision. For this technique, tiny brushstrokes are used to build up a highly detailed image. Receive online step-by-step instruction on this watercolor technique and practice it using high-quality photos of plants and flowers that you select as references. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

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Colored Pencil by Brenda Jordan

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: June 5, 12 and 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., July 6 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

This class is now filled. Please see another session of the class, listed below.

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: 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.

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 class (Colored Pencil concentration)

NEW! Online Classes

Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education (Both Seasons) | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Early season pickup: Tuesdays: June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 | 12 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Early season virtual classes: Wednesdays: June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Late season pickup: Tuesdays: Aug. 17 and 31, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 12 | 12 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Late season virtual classes: Wednesdays: Aug. 18, Sept. 1, 15 and 29, Oct. 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Both seasons: $525 members | $575 nonmembers

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

Fill your home with flowers with Phipps’ new local flower subscription program. Pick up a fresh, bountiful bucket of seasonal flowers every two weeks from Phipps – supplied by local farmers, Cherry Valley Organics. Then tune in as Phipps’ floral instructor, Polly Berginc, shows you how to turn your flowers into a beautiful arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, the elements of design, basic color theory, and lots of other tips and tricks for great looking arrangements at home. Floral Design Certificate elective 

The early season series is now filled. Please see the late season series listed below.

NEW! Online Classes

Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education: Early Season | Polly Berginc, AIFD

Early season pickup: Tuesdays: June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 | 12 – 6 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Early season virtual classes: Wednesdays: June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Classes are recorded for post-class review

Single season: $275 members | $305 nonmembers

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

Fill your home with flowers with Phipps’ new local flower subscription program. Pick up a fresh, bountiful bucket of seasonal flowers every two weeks from Phipps – supplied by local farmers, Cherry Valley Organics. Then tune in as Phipps’ floral instructor, Polly Berginc, shows you how to turn your flowers into a beautiful arrangement. Polly will guide you through proper flower care, the elements of design, basic color theory, and lots of other tips and tricks for great looking arrangements at home. Floral Design Certificate elective

The early season series is now filled. Please see the late season series listed below.

NEW! Online Classes

Perennials for a Sustainable Landscape | Leslie Kaplan

Thursdays: June 10, 17 and 24 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers

Presented as a live Webinar through Zoom

Objective: To become proficient in identifying a wide variety of perennials and know of their cultural requirements and landscape uses

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

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

Perennials have unlimited value in the garden, whether they are planted in beds, used as accents around a mailbox or added to mixed borders. A garden with perennials is always changing as different ones come into bloom. Beautiful, exciting and challenging — perennial gardening is all of these and more. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective. This course has been approved for 6.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

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