NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks are now optional but recommended. 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.

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

Cancellation policy:

Contact edu@phipps.conservatory.org or 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 to cancel a class registration.

  • Up to two weeks before the class (or the first class date, for a multi-session class), you may receive a full refund minus a non-refundable $10 adminstrative fee.
  • Up to 72 hours (3 days) before the class or the first class date, you may receive a 50% refund.
  • Less than 72 hours (3 days) before the class or the first class date, there are no refunds.
  • Special events like conferences will have a separate cancellation policy and refund deadline.

All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Want to sign up with a gift certificate?

Contact Phipps at edu@phipps.conservatory.org or 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 with your choice of class to sign up with a gift certificate. If there is a remaining balance for the class or a remaining balance on the gift certificate, we will discuss those details.

Current Classes

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  • Detailed Nature Studies in Pen and Ink with Watercolor Washes | visiting artist Sarah Morrish | Saturdays Feb. 4, 11 and 25 | 10 a.m. – noon EDT | This class is now filled.
  • Flower Heart Bouquet | Polly Berginc AIFD | Tuesday Feb. 7 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

  • Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking | Shawn Sheehy | Saturdays: Feb. 11, March 11 or April 22 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)
  • Chocolate Molé | Chef Emily Larsen | Thurs., Feb. 16 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Classes Currently in Progress

  • Mastering Color I - VI | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays: Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 18 and March 25 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
  • Developing Botanical Perspective to Create Depth | Melissa Fabian | Tuesdays: Jan. 17, 24, and 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 | 6 – 9 p.m. | After-class meeting: Tuesday Feb. 28 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Flowers, Jewels and Gold | Christine Hutson | Wednesdays Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1 and 8 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with short breaks) |  After class meeting: Wednesday Feb. 22 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I | Weldon Doran | Wednesday, Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, March 1 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks) | After-class meeting: Wednesday March 8 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Watercolor Materials: Paper, Brushes, Pigments and Charts | Amy Lewandowski | Thursdays Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2 and 9 | 6 – 9 p.m. | After class meeting Thursday Feb. 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break) |  After class meeting: Tuesday Feb. 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Moss Shadowbox | Sarah Needham

Mon., Jan. 30 | 7 - 9 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $25

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Level: All skills welcome

Note: Registration for this class is now closed. Please email edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be alerted next time the class is offered.

Moss art brings the beauty and texture of nature into your home during those harsh winter months. You will get a complete material kit shipped to your door, including a shadowbox frame to create your patch of nature, sure to freshen any space. Beyond dried moss, you will also receive stones, twigs, and other natural materials. Please have a glue gun on hand, and feel free to take creative freedom by collecting materials to add to the arrangement.

Upgraded Ramen | Chef Emily Larsen

Tues., Jan. 31 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Class is held virtually on Zoom. 

Level up your ramen! Join Chef Emily in learning how to create your flavorful broth, master nitamago (ramen egg), perfect roasted garlic butter, and pan-seared proteins to make a bowl worthy of your attention. Customize your toppings with different veggies and dive into the umami flavor that will have you recreating this dish at home. 

Online Classes

Detailed Nature Studies in Pen and Ink with Watercolor Washes | visiting artist Sarah Morrish

Saturdays Feb. 4, 11 and 25  | 10 a.m. – noon EDT        

$200 members | $230 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom         

Objective: To be able to sketch natural subjects using fine line and dip pens, with further enhancement applying a watercolour wash.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Pen and Ink I (or equivalent experience)

Supply List (PDF)

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

When out for a walk or exploring our gardens there are many interesting subjects we come across and want to sketch and also draw in detail.  

This class will introduce you to sketching natural subjects using both fine line pens and dip pen drawing nibs.  Sketching with such a nib, without prior pencil drawing, is a great way to increase your drawing confidence through more spontaneity, using different mark-making techniques.

From there, we will move onto creating more detailed illustrations through structured drawing techniques alongside using fine line pens to develop form, texture, pattern and color differences.  You will also be guided in how to enhance your illustrations further using a watercolour wash.

The first part of each session will be a presentation where time will be set aside for questions and answers.  The second half will consist of live demonstration where students will be able to ask questions freely as the instructor works on specific subjects.  Each session will be a show and tell format so that you can follow along freely without any distractions and you have the option of working on your own artwork between three sessions.

In between sessions Sarah will provide tutor support through Google Classroom where students will be able to ask for advice, interact with the rest of the class, share  artwork in progress, access additional learning resources as well as recordings of each session.  All students will be invited to Google Classroom prior to the start of class as is the custom with all of Phipps Botanical Art classes. Individual support cannot be given via email.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

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

Online Classes

Flower Heart Bouquet | Polly Berginc AIFD

Tuesday Feb. 7 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $40 

Virtual Class offered through Zoom, Pick-up in person at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park* 

Objective: To be able to create a heart-shaped floral arrangement in seasonal colors.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Registration for this class will close on Jan. 27.

Brighten your Valentine’s Day season with a heart shaped floral arrangement created with a dainty mix of fresh flowers in seasonal colors. This compact design will teach you the Pave technique by placing the botanicals on the same plane, creating a dimensional effect.  Floral Design Certificate elective. 

*Pick-up can take place the Monday afternoon, day before class (4-6 p.m.) or Tuesday the day of class (9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.)

Online Classes

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking (Full Series) | Shawn Sheehy

Saturdays: Feb. 11, March 11 and April 22 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Full Series: $260 members | $290 nonmembers (includes material fee)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for the full series closes on Jan. 31.

*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.

Supply List (PDF)

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #1 (Eastern Flowers) Feb. 11 -  Common Blue Violet, Jewelweed, Pasture Rose, Butterflyweed

Session #2 (Southern Flowers) March 11 – Pitcher Plant, Spider Lily, Gaillardia, Trumpet Flower Vine

Session #3 (Western Flowers) April 22 – Miner’s Lettuce, California Buttercup, California Poppy, Sego Lily

Online Classes

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking: Eastern Flowers | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Single Session: $90 members | $100 nonmembers (includes material fee)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this session closes on Jan. 31.

*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.

Supply List (PDF)

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #1 (Eastern Flowers) Feb. 11 -  Common Blue Violet, Jewelweed, Pasture Rose, Butterflyweed

Chocolate Molé | Chef Emily Larsen

Thurs., Feb. 16 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Class is held virtually on Zoom. 

A diverse Mexican dish, translating directly to ‘sauce,’ this one-of-a-kind marinade is a showstopper. With a reputation as a complicated, hard-to-replicate dish, Chef Emily will take the mystery out of molé for you as you learn just how universal the sauce can be. From your home, create something unexpected: spicy chocolate molé with stuffed poblanos and sweet chocolate coffee mousse. You have never experienced chocolate like this before.  

Plant-Based Meal Prep (Full Series) | Chef Emily Larsen

Let’s Get Nutty | Wed., Feb. 22 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Succulent Soy | Wed., Mar. 1 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Beautiful Beans | Wed., Mar. 8 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Sumptuous Seeds | Wed., Mar. 15 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Class Series $90 members | $110 nonmembers 

Classes are held virtually on Zoom. 

We’ve all heard that plant-based meals are better for you and better for the environment but making delicious plant-based meals can take a lot of time and money. In this class, we embrace the “cook once, eat twice” philosophy that is meal prep. We will spend an hour and a half preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be stored and enjoyed for days. These meals share common ingredients that will bring down your grocery bill and cook time but produce a variety of flavors so that eating is never monotonous. All meals are vegan and can be easily made gluten-free. 

Let’s Get Nutty – Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Bars, Vegan Potato Salad, and Walnut Bolognese 

Succulent Soy – Bagel with Tofu Cream Cheese, Edamame Salad, and Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry 

Beautiful Beans – Breakfast Burritos, Tortilla Soup, and Chickpea Pot Pie 

Sumptuous Seeds – Chia Seed Pudding, Quinoa Pulao and Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta 

Plant-Based Meal Prep: Let's Get Nutty | Chef Emily Larsen

Wed., Feb. 22 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.   

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Classes are held virtually on Zoom. 

We’ve all heard that plant-based meals are better for you and better for the environment but making delicious plant-based meals can take a lot of time and money. In this class, we embrace the “cook once, eat twice” philosophy that is meal prep. We will spend an hour and a half preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be stored and enjoyed for days. These meals share common ingredients that will bring down your grocery bill and cook time but produce a variety of flavors so that eating is never monotonous. All meals are vegan and can be easily made gluten-free. 

Let’s Get Nutty – Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Bars, Vegan Potato Salad, and Walnut Bolognese 

Wonderful Wintery Beverages: Cocktails and Mocktails for Winter| Hanna Mosca and Drew Cranisky

Fri., Feb. 24 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Drink kit $25 | Pickup between 12 - 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This option closes 1 week before class.

Class is held virtually on Zoom.

Grab a partner and join Drew Cranisky and Hanna Mosca in this virtual, hands-on wintery cocktail workshop. Drew and Hanna will share with us more tasty seasonal drinks with flavors sure to warm you up. Drew will teach us how to make the perfect winter beverage while Hanna highlights the botanical properties of each ingredient and how to get the most out of your winter ingredients. Pick up a drink kit to mix along with us during class. Each kit will include fresh ingredients and syrups to make enough for each participant to enjoy all three cocktails and mocktails. Add your alcohol at home or leave it as is for a tasty mocktail! 

Online Classes
Graphite Drawing by Cheryl Ulrich

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

Saturdays: Feb. 25, March 4 and 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)

After class meeting: Monday March 27, 6 - 7:30 p.m.   

$265 members | $295 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through zoom

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

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

Supply List (PDF)

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

Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botany for Gardeners | Philip Bauerle

Tues., Feb. 28, March 7, 14, and 21 | 6:30 – 9 p.m. 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom
$130 members | $140 nonmembers

Objective:  To begin understanding and appreciating how plants function in the garden.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Pre-requisite: None

Why does a seed germinate or fail to germinate?  Why are cut flowers collected early in the morning?  What happens to plant tissues under attack by insects and fungi?  Take a fascinating look at how plants grow.  Topics will focus directly on botanical principles that relate to gardening: plants and their importance to man; stems, leaves and roots; factors affecting plant growth; reproduction; and fruits and flowers. Ecological Gardening certificate program core course. Approved for 14 CEUs for PCH by PLNA.

Plant-Based Meal Prep: Succulent Soy | Chef Emily Larsen

Wed., Mar. 1 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Classes are held virtually on Zoom. 

We’ve all heard that plant-based meals are better for you and better for the environment but making delicious plant-based meals can take a lot of time and money. In this class, we embrace the “cook once, eat twice” philosophy that is meal prep. We will spend an hour and a half preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be stored and enjoyed for days. These meals share common ingredients that will bring down your grocery bill and cook time but produce a variety of flavors so that eating is never monotonous. All meals are vegan and can be easily made gluten-free. 

Succulent Soy – Bagel with Tofu Cream Cheese, Edamame Salad, and Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry 

Online Classes

Colored Pencil on Mylar Film | visiting artist Susan Rubin

Saturdays March 4, 11 and 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

$225 members | $255 non members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: to be able to use new colored pencil techniques on Mylar film
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisites: Colored Pencil I

Supply List (PDF)

Expand your Colored Pencil repertoire! The translucent, synthetic surface of Mylar film opens the door to creative possibilities.  Begin with a variety of colored pencil techniques specific to Mylar, including pencil application and layering. Learn how to make the back of the surface enhance the front, and how to erase (yes, erase!) colored pencil from Mylar. See how to add mixed media and layer Mylar with other materials to create one-of-a-kind botanicals. Through demonstration, guided exercises, and practice, create several small studies that you can use as a springboard for your future work. This fun, experimental class will open your mind to fresh ideas. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Online Classes

Silverpoint I & II | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays March 7, 14, 21 and 28, April 4 and 11 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Tuesday April 18 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

$245 members | $275 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through zoom

Objective: for new students to be able to practice and complete a 6” square botanical drawing and for more experienced students to be able to complete a 12“ square Natural History drawing.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I 

Supply List: Silverpoint I (PDF)

Supply List: Silverpoint II (PDF)

Silverpoint is a beautiful drawing medium, used by many Renaissance Artist prior to the use of graphite. 

Silverpoint I If new to silverpoint, check out Renaissance and contemporary silverpoint work online and familiarize yourself with the medium. Check supply list which provides resources for necessary materials, a stylus for the metal piece, silver and prepared paper.

There are several different options to choose from for the 2 necessary materials for the 1st class. A recommended book is listed that will be a resource during the classes.

 Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Orchids 101: Orchid Diversity and Care | Timothy Choltco

Tues., Mar 7 | 7 - 9 p.m. 

$20 members | $25 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Explore the 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.

Plant-Based Meal Prep: Beautiful Beans | Chef Emily Larsen

Wed., Mar. 8 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Classes are held virtually on Zoom. 

We’ve all heard that plant-based meals are better for you and better for the environment but making delicious plant-based meals can take a lot of time and money. In this class, we embrace the “cook once, eat twice” philosophy that is meal prep. We will spend an hour and a half preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be stored and enjoyed for days. These meals share common ingredients that will bring down your grocery bill and cook time but produce a variety of flavors so that eating is never monotonous. All meals are vegan and can be easily made gluten-free. 

Beautiful Beans – Breakfast Burritos, Tortilla Soup, and Chickpea Pot Pie 

History of Colonial American Gardens | Joshua Beblo

Thursdays, March 9, 16 and 23 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Live webinar presented through Zoom
$75 members | $85 nonmembers

Objective: To develop an understanding of the history of colonial American gardens and their influence on gardens of today
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

When Europeans first began colonizing North America, they brought with them gardening traditions from their homeland.  Explore how these cultural styles were modified to fit the differences in the landscapes of North America by selecting different plants or blending elements to produce practical or pleasurable gardens.  Compare the designs from different regions to see how some of these elements and values are still present in our gardens today. Landscape and Garden Design certificate elective

Herbal Medicine Making | Michelle Soto

Thurs.: Mar. 9 and 23, Apr. 6 and 20, and May 4 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

$225 members | $250 nonmembers | Material fee: $38

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this class closes on Feb. 20.

Medicine-making is an ancient art that we can master today. This class is hands-on from the comfort of your home. Learn how to work with various plants and make medicinal syrups, teas, and tinctures. Michelle Soto of Cutting Root Apothecary will share stories and information about each plant and how to use them medicinally. Students will have the opportunity to order a bundle with supplies needed for making medicines to be mailed directly to their homes. All the herbs provided are grown and processed at Cutting Root Farm & Apothecary in Butler, PA. Choose from the fall, winter, or spring session, or take them all, as new herbs will be explored each season.

Online Classes
Watercolor Painting by Anne Semler

Watercolor II | Brenda Jordan

Saturdays: March 11, 25 and April 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Monday April 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$245 members | $275 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create three dimensional botanical portrayals using and enhancing practices used in Watercolor I
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and Watercolor I

Supply List (PDF)

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

Build upon your knowledge from Watercolor I to learn additional techniques used in transparent watercolor.  Practice manipulating watercolor using different brushes and papers, plus discover some new colors and techniques for mixing colors.  Apply your new skills to studies of plant forms, including a final project that demonstrates your control of watercolor techniques for an accurate rendering of botanical forms.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate (watercolor concentration) core course.

Online Classes

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking: Southern Flowers | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, March 11 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Single Session: $90 members | $100 nonmembers (includes material fee)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this session closes on Feb. 28.

*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.

Supply List (PDF)

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #2 (Southern Flowers) March 11 – Pitcher Plant, Spider Lily, Gaillardia, Trumpet Flower Vine

Plant-Based Meal Prep: Sumptuous Seeds | Chef Emily Larsen

Wed., Mar. 15 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.  

Single Class $25 members | $30 nonmembers  

Classes are held virtually on Zoom. 

We’ve all heard that plant-based meals are better for you and better for the environment but making delicious plant-based meals can take a lot of time and money. In this class, we embrace the “cook once, eat twice” philosophy that is meal prep. We will spend an hour and a half preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that can be stored and enjoyed for days. These meals share common ingredients that will bring down your grocery bill and cook time but produce a variety of flavors so that eating is never monotonous. All meals are vegan and can be easily made gluten-free. 

Sumptuous Seeds – Chia Seed Pudding, Quinoa Pulao and Sunflower Seed Pesto Pasta 

Online Classes
Graphite Drawing by Willy HIret

Botanical Drawing II | Volume, Texture and Details | Weldon Doran

Wednesday, March 15, 22 and 29, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks)
After-class meeting: Wednesday May 3 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$265 members | $295 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Supply List (PDF)

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

Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

Plants, Cuisine and Culture Virtual Lecture Series: Hawaiian Cuisine with Sheldon Simeon

Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.

This virtual lecture series is offered in Partnership with: Chicago Botanic Garden, Franklin Park Conservatory, Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden and Missouri Botanic Garden

Hawaiian Cuisine with Sheldon Simeon

Tuesday, March 21, 7 – 8 p.m.

$10 members | $15 non-members

Sheldon Simeon was born in Hilo, Hawaii, and his culinary journey focuses on showcasing the authentic flavors of his homeland to a global audience. He has competed on “Top Chef,” has been nominated twice for James Beard awards, and is author of Cook Real Hawai’i, which showcases 100 recipes that embody the culturally diverse flavors of the islands. He operates three restaurants in Hawai’i, where his menus reveal a mix of innovative modern cuisine and adherence to tradition. 

Backyard Gardening Series (Full Series) | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Tues.: Mar. 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Full Series: $95 members | $110 non-members

Presented as Live Webinar through Zoom

In this virtual gardening series, learn all the basics for starting your backyard garden, from planting seeds to harvesting fruit and everything in between. Learn the steps necessary to start growing your food from home. Taught by our expert Phipps staff, this series will have you prepped and confident to get your hands in the soil come spring. 

Mar. 28: Indoor Seed Starting | Gabe Tilove 

Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment to start and care for annual vegetable seedlings successfully. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot common seedling problems.

Apr. 4: Spring Vegetable Gardening | Allison Glick

Don’t wait until Mother’s Day to plant your garden – use the spring season and plant early, cold-weather crops that can give you an early start or extra harvest in your garden this season. Explore the best crops for earlier planting and discuss cold-weather crop protection strategies. 

Apr. 11: Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | Gabe Tilove 

Raised beds offer several advantages over typical in-ground garden beds – improved drainage, greater control over soil and fertility, and easier weed and critter control. Explore the range of materials you can use to build raised beds and the best practices for filling and maintaining them. This presentation will also briefly cover trellising, season extension, and fencing options. 

Apr. 18: Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Gabe Tilove and Allison Glick 

Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods: how to arrange your crops within your space using the square foot gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, how to minimize weeds, and how to manage pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your plan will be included.

Apr. 25: Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock

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.

Backyard Gardening Series: Indoor Seed Starting | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Tues., Mar. 28 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Individual Class: $20 members | $25 non-members

Presented as Live Webinar through Zoom

In this virtual gardening series, learn all the basics for starting your backyard garden, from planting seeds to harvesting fruit and everything in between. Learn the steps necessary to start growing your food from home. Taught by our expert Phipps staff, this series will have you prepped and confident to get your hands in the soil come spring. 

Mar. 28: Indoor Seed Starting | Gabe Tilove 

Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment to start and care for annual vegetable seedlings successfully. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot common seedling problems.

Classic Quiche | Chef Emily Larsen

Wed., Mar. 29 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

$25 members | $30 nonmembers   

Class is held virtually on Zoom. 

Perfect a flaky pie crust with this seasonal quiche recipe from Chef Emily. In this class, you’ll learn a classic recipe that gives you the building blocks to create your customized quiche full of seasonal flavors. A dish that can be adapted to any occasion or event, adding quiche under your cooking belt adds infinite possibilities for future use.  

Designing with Tulips | Polly Berginc AIFD

Thursday March 30 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Virtual Class offered through Zoom, Pick-up in person at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park*
$25 members | $30 nonmembers Material fee: $40 

Objective: To be able to make a vase arrangement of tulips.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Registration for this class will close on March 20.

Tulips are the essence of Spring; learn to design a classic vase of tulips with a modern twist incorporating foliage. Learn the proper care of these beautiful blooms to enjoy your tulips to the fullest.  Floral Design Certificate elective.

 *Pick-up can take place the Wednesday afternoon, day before class (4-6 p.m.) or Thursday the day of class (9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.)

Online Classes
Painting of L. Capreolus by Christine Hutson

Drawing and Painting Insects | Christine Hutson

Saturdays April 1, 15, 22 and 29, May 6 and 13 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with small breaks)
After-class meeting: Saturday May 20 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. [please note time change]

$245 members | $275 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to illustrate insects in natural poses using graphite, pen and ink and/or watercolor
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II (some watercolor and/or pen and ink experience or equivalent experience)

Supply List (PDF)

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

In this class we will explore various methods for illustrating insects, and students may use any medium they are comfortable with already, including graphite drawing, pen and ink, watercolor, etc.  The goal of the class is to learn how to observe insects from life or from photos and then work on illustrating them in natural poses. There will be one final project due at the end of the class, but we will work on various exercises and sketches during class as well. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Backyard Gardening Series: Spring Vegetable Gardening | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Tues., Apr. 4 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Individual Class: $20 members | $25 non-members

Presented as Live Webinar through Zoom

In this virtual gardening series, learn all the basics for starting your backyard garden, from planting seeds to harvesting fruit and everything in between. Learn the steps necessary to start growing your food from home. Taught by our expert Phipps staff, this series will have you prepped and confident to get your hands in the soil come spring. 

Apr. 4: Spring Vegetable Gardening | Allison Glick

Don’t wait until Mother’s Day to plant your garden – use the spring season and plant early, cold-weather crops that can give you an early start or extra harvest in your garden this season. Explore the best crops for earlier planting and discuss cold-weather crop protection strategies. 

Backyard Gardening Series: Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Tues., Apr. 11 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Individual Class: $20 members | $25 non-members

Presented as Live Webinar through Zoom

In this virtual gardening series, learn all the basics for starting your backyard garden, from planting seeds to harvesting fruit and everything in between. Learn the steps necessary to start growing your food from home. Taught by our expert Phipps staff, this series will have you prepped and confident to get your hands in the soil come spring. 

Apr. 11: Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | Gabe Tilove 

Raised beds offer several advantages over typical in-ground garden beds – improved drainage, greater control over soil and fertility, and easier weed and critter control. Explore the range of materials you can use to build raised beds and the best practices for filling and maintaining them. This presentation will also briefly cover trellising, season extension, and fencing options. 

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Colored Pencil Rose by Anne Candreva

Colored Pencil II | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: April 15, 22 and 29 | 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (with lunch and additional breaks)
Tuesday May 9, 7-8:30 p.m. after class meeting
After Class Meeting Monday March 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Please Note: Registration for this class will close Friday March 31

$250 members | $280 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create a botanical painting with colored pencils, building on experience gained in Colored Pencil I
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I

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Building on the foundation of colored pencil techniques and layering principles established in Colored Pencil I, focus on more advanced layering and blending techniques to create a variety of surface textures. Improve your color perception skills and explore more advanced color theory to better understand hue, value, intensity and temperature. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Backyard Gardening Series: Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Tues., Apr. 18 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Individual Class: $20 members | $25 non-members

Presented as Live Webinar through Zoom

In this virtual gardening series, learn all the basics for starting your backyard garden, from planting seeds to harvesting fruit and everything in between. Learn the steps necessary to start growing your food from home. Taught by our expert Phipps staff, this series will have you prepped and confident to get your hands in the soil come spring. 

Apr. 18: Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Gabe Tilove and Allison Glick 

Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods: how to arrange your crops within your space using the square foot gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, how to minimize weeds, and how to manage pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your plan will be included.

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking: Western Flowers | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, April 22 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Single Session: $90 members | $100 nonmembers (includes material fee)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this session closes on April 7.

*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.

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Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #3 (Western Flowers) April 22 – Miner’s Lettuce, California Buttercup, California Poppy, Sego Lily

Backyard Gardening Series | Phipps Conservatory Staff

Tues., Apr. 25 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Individual Class: $20 members | $25 non-members

Presented as Live Webinar through Zoom

In this virtual gardening series, learn all the basics for starting your backyard garden, from planting seeds to harvesting fruit and everything in between. Learn the steps necessary to start growing your food from home. Taught by our expert Phipps staff, this series will have you prepped and confident to get your hands in the soil come spring. 

Apr. 25: Easy to Grow Backyard Fruit | Juliette Olshock

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.

Charcuterie Board | Chef Emily Larsen

Wed., Apr. 26 | 6-7:30 p.m.

$25 members | 30 nonmembers 

$50 for grocery kit |  Pickup is on April 26 between 12 and 5 p.m. at Phipps Conservatory.

Class is held virtually on Zoom.

Join Chef Emily in learning what makes the perfect charcuterie board. This class teaches knife skills, balancing flavors, plating techniques, and seasonal substitutions. Chef Emily will lead this class and uses the finest of Pittsburgh’s meats and cheese from local producers such as Goat Rodeo, Pleasant Lane Farms, Parma Sausage and Salty Pork Bits.

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Natural Journal by Melissa Fabian

Nature Journaling in Two Locations | Flora and Fauna of Spring \ Comparing and Contrasting Two Different Environments | Melissa Fabian

Thursdays April 27, May 4, 11 and 18 | 1 – 4 p.m.
After class meeting:  Thursday May 25, 6- 7:30 p.m.

$170 members | $200 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through zoom

Objective: To observe and sketch the awakening of spring Flora and Fauna in two different locations of your choice; students will compare observations from the two environments.
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisite: None 

Supply List (PDF)

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

  This class will allow the student nature journalists to compare and contrast the awakening of plants and fauna in two different environments - recording the needs of the plants and fauna to sustain their continued existence in closely observed environments. Will the changing environments force the plants and fauna to new areas? Can “we” influence these environments in a positive way? Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Plants, Cuisine and Culture Virtual Lecture Series: Indian Cuisine with Simon Majumdar

Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.

This virtual lecture series is offered in Partnership with: Chicago Botanic Garden, Franklin Park Conservatory, Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden and Missouri Botanic Garden

Indian Cuisine with Simon Majumdar

Monday, May 8, 7 – 8 p.m.

$10 members | $15 non-members

Simon Majumdar is a broadcaster, food writer, speaker, author, and cook who has dedicated the second half of his time on this planet to fulfill his ambition to “Go Everywhere, Eat Everything.” He’s written three books and is the creator, writer, and host of the food history podcast, "Eat My Globe: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Food.”

Plants, Cuisine and Culture Virtual Lecture Series: African American Cuisine with Toni Tipton-Martin

Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.

This virtual lecture series is offered in Partnership with: Chicago Botanic Garden, Franklin Park Conservatory, Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden and Missouri Botanic Garden

African American Cuisine with Toni Tipton-Martin

Tuesday, July 25, 7 – 8 p.m.

$10 members | $15 non-members

Toni Tipton-Martin is a culinary journalist and author using cultural heritage and cooking to build community. She is editor in chief of “Cook’s Country by America’s Test Kitchen,” two-time James Beard Award winner for her books on African-American cooking, and recipient of the prestigious Julia Child Award for making a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks.

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Mastering Color I - VI | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 18 and March 25 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)   

$300 members | $330 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use color, perception, hue, value, intensity and temperature for application to personal colored pencil renderings
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, and Colored Pencil I

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These classes are mixed level and are sequential; please register for Mastering Color I if you are new to the series and other levels only as appropriate based on which level(s) you have taken previously. 

Mastering Color I: Work at your own pace within a group setting to create precise color-matching tools for hue, value and intensity. Then use those tools to match color to botanical reference photos (and live specimens as time permits). Be sure to bring your completed color wheel from Colored Pencil II.  

Mastering Color II: Using the tools created in Mastering Color I, learn how and why to categorize manufactured pencil colors - known as convenience colors - into families.  Then, working from a live plant specimen, use the color-matching system to match colors in a live plant specimen. 

Mastering Color III: Work from plant specimens and focus on the challenge of mixing interesting neutrals and near neutrals without creating mud. Explore the role opacity plays in color-mixing with colored pencil, and apply the principles of warm and cool colors to add to the depth of your renderings.

Mastering Color IV: Working with color schemes and other color considerations, student will work on techniques to enhance their individual color sense while remaining true to Botanical accuracy using both exercises and working from plant specimens

Mastering Color V: Students will work on experimental approaches to color usage - particularly in the area of intensity/value combinations - to further enhance their individual color sense and create a mood. 

Mastering Color VI: This level is an independent study level where students work individually with the instructor to devise a plan to focus on some aspect of color study that they wish to focus on. This level may be repeated

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

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Drawing by Melissa Fabian

Developing Botanical Perspective to Create Depth | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays: Jan. 17, 24, and 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 | 6 – 9 p.m. 

After-class meeting: Tuesday Feb. 28 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$245 members | $275 nonmembers                                       

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create three-dimensional plants using tools presented in this class.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply List (PDF)

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

Study and draw the various perspective techniques used to create depth.  Use foreshortening, shadows and highlights to achieve a highly accurate and convincing botanical drawing, working with guided practice handouts, 2D photographs and 3D botanical specimens.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

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Floral Painting by Christine Hutson

Flowers, Jewels and Gold | Christine Hutson

Wednesdays Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1 and 8 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with short breaks)

 After class meeting: Wednesday Feb. 22 | 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

$170 members | $190 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to portray flowers, jewels and gold in a decorative arts design.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

Supply List (PDF)

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

Winter is usually a time of rest for the natural world, and we often perceive it as colorless or washed out. But we can put some color and shimmer into winter by using gold and flowers and gems to liven up our artwork. In this class we’ll explore the medieval and renaissance decorative art featuring flowers, insects, and gems on golden borders, and then students will create their own designs. This style of art tended to be much more realistic than most medieval book art, and it led directly to what the botanical illustration that we have today.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

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Graphite Drawing by Willy Hiret

Botanical Drawing I | Weldon Doran

Wednesday, Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, March 1 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks)

After-class meeting: Wednesday March 8 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

$265 members | $295 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)

*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.

Registration for this class is now closed.

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Watercolor Materials: Paper, Brushes, Pigments and Charts | Amy Lewandowski

Thursdays Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2 and 9 | 6 – 9 p.m. 

After class meeting Thursday Feb. 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$170 members | $190 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To understand the characteristics of watercolor painting materials and paint a series of useful watercolor charts

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisites: Watercolor I

Supply List (PDF)

In this class we will take an in depth look into watercolor paper, brushes, and pigments. We will learn about different aspects of these materials to understand how to use them in your paintings and which qualities to look for when purchasing new materials. In addition students will create useful watercolor charts from their palette of pigments to use for reference.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

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Graphite Drawing by Betsy Doherty

Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After class meeting: Tuesday Feb. 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$265 members | $295 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through zoom

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone and to employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

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.

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.

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