NOTE: All member and nonmember tickets must be reserved in advance, and masks are strongly recommended for all guests and required for unvaccinated guests ages 2 and up. 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.

All times are in the Eastern Time Zone.

Current Classes

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  • 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. | This class has been canceled.

  • Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian | Sundays:  Nov. 7, 14 and 21 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 7 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Winter Gems | Amy Lewandowski | Saturday December 4 and 11, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian | Sundays:  Dec. 5, 12 and 19 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Classes in Progress

  • 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. 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Phipps Flower Club: Local Flowers, Virtual Education | Polly Berginc, AIFD | Late season virtual classes: Wednesdays: Aug. 18, Sept. 1, 15 and 29, Oct. 13 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • Rain Garden Design for Homeowners | Evan Burbridge, Upstream | Tuesdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • 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. | Registration for this class is now closed.

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

Detailed Listings

Online Classes
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. Eastern (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

This class has been canceled.

Composition for Botanical Artists | Weldon Doran

Saturdays: Oct. 2, 9 and 16 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Oct. 16: Meeting with the Hunt Institute, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Objective: To be able to arrange multiple botanical subjects to create a pleasing composition

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.

It is relatively simple to place just one subject on a piece of paper in a pleasing composition. Explore the option of using many images combined into one well- balanced, easily read single image.  Learn traditional composition principles, such as how to place images on the page, and how to balance positive and negative space, light and dark, and textured and smooth areas.  Plus discover how image placement can indicate emotion, action, height or size.  You will use your own supplied images for class exercises. Supplies will be discussed in first class and will be needed for the second class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

edu@phipps.conservatory.orgThis class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Online Classes

Fall Fire Cider | Andrea Jackson, Folk Herbalist

Tues., Oct. 5 | 7 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

$15 members | $20 nonmembers

Using apple cider vinegar medicinally with or without additions has a rich history and recipes have been passed down through generations. Then along came fire cider which, you will see, richly deserves its name. Join folk herbalist Andrea Jackson in learning all about the wintertime tonic, including how to make it at home, how to store it properly, and how you can take advantage of its medicinal benefits and culinary uses.

Sustainable Landcare Book Club Discussion: Braiding Sweetgrass | Moderator: Juliette Olshock

Thurs., Oct. 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Eastern

$5 members | $7 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Join the Sustainable Landcare book club each semester to read and talk about a book that showcases new research and teachings of sustainable landcare principles and practices. Our first book is Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Join us on a heartfelt journey to reconnect with our natural world. Participants must obtain and read the book prior to the meeting in order to fully share in the discussion.

The book is available at the link above, or from The Shop at Phipps here.

From the publisher, Milkweed Editions, “As a botanist, the author has been trained to examine nature with the tools of science; as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our teachers. Here she brings these two lenses together, showing how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.”  Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective

Online Classes

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

Fri., Oct. 8 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

$40 members | $45 nonmembers (class only)

Cocktail ingredient kit (serves 2): $30 (alcohol not included)

Grab a partner and join garden-cocktail connoisseurs Drew Cranisky and Hanna Mosca virtually in this hands-on workshop. Drew and Hanna will share with us three different cocktail recipes that are tasty, simple to make and full of a nice variety of fall flavors. Drew will lead us through three tasty cocktails: the first, 24 Carrot Magic using ginger and carrots followed by an Appley Ever After featuring fresh seasonal herbs, and lastly a Lovely Rita, a margarita like drink using heatless habaneros! Hanna will discuss the seasons’ bounty from garden to glass, highlighting the produce and herbs used in each drink. 

* Pick up a drink kit to mix along with us at home. Each kit will include fresh fruit and herbs as well as mixers and simple syrup to make enough for 2 participants to enjoy all three cocktails demoed. Add your own alcohol at home or leave as is for a tasty mocktail!

Online Classes

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

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

Free webinars hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live

All times Eastern Time Zone

Register below for the full series. Individual sessions are also open for registration.

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

Online Classes

Lunch and Learn Webinar Series: The Sustainable Kitchen: Induction Cooking: Fall Inspired Chicken Fricassee | Chef Chris Galarza with Forward Dining Solutions LLC

Tues., Oct. 12 | noon – 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Free webinar hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live

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

Online Classes

Healthy Soil for the Vegetable Garden | Dan Dalton, PASA

Tues., Oct. 12 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 non-members

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Healthy, fertile soil is the key to growing vigorous plants and improving yield in your home vegetable garden, and fall is the perfect time to invest in your garden’s soil. Come learn effective organic fertility management techniques, as well as how to read soil tests and translate them for the home garden. The practical use of various soil amendments, including cover crops will be discussed.

Online Classes

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

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

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

All times Eastern Time Zone

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

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

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

Week One: Benefits of a Plant Forward Kitchen

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

Week Two: Stocking Your Pantry

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

Week Three: Seasonings, Sauces and Textures

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

Week Four: Plant Based Baking

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Online Classes

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

Benefits of a Plant Forward Kitchen: Thurs., Oct. 14 | 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

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

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

Week One: Benefits of a Plant Forward Kitchen

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Online Classes

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

Mon., Oct. 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

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

Online Classes

The Plant Forward Kitchen: Stocking Your Pantry | Chef Emily Larsen, Spilling the Soup*

Thurs., Oct. 21 | 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

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

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

Week Two: Stocking Your Pantry

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

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

Thurs., Oct. 28 | 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

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

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

Week Three: Seasonings, Sauces and Textures

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Online Classes

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

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

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

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

Supply list (PDF)

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

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

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

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

Free webinar hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live

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

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

Thurs., Nov. 4 | 6 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

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

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

Week Four: Plant Based Baking

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Online Classes
Watercolor by Holly Johnson

Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Gail Jordan

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

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

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

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

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

Online Classes
Pen and Ink by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian

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

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

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

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

Online Classes
Colored Pencil by Melissa Fabian

Drawing Birds in Winter Habitats | Melissa Fabian

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

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Medium to advanced

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

Supply list (PDF)

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

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

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

Tues., Nov. 9 | noon – 1 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on zoom

$20 members | $25 nonmembers

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

The Garden of Good and Evil | Sarah Needham

Tuesday, Nov. 9 |  7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Class presented virtually through Zoom

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

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

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

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

Mon., Nov. 15 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

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

Introduction to Smartphone Photography | Don Orkoskey

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

$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Level: Beginner to intermediate

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

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

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

Virtual class hosted on zoom
All times Eastern Time Zone

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

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

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

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

Virtual class hosted on zoom

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

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Online Classes
Watercolor by Amy Lewandowski

Winter Gems | Amy Lewandowski

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

$150 members | $160 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I

Supply list (PDF)

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

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

Online Classes
Pen and Ink by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian

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

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

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Intermediate 

Prerequisites: Pen and Ink I

Supply list (PDF)

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

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

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

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

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

Class presented virtually through Zoom

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

Level: Beginner to intermediate 

Prerequisites: None 

Using a variety of natural materials and winter foliage, create a classic urn arrangement. This design features fresh evergreens with natural cones and pods accented with faux berries and trims for winter seasonal appeal. Learn how this piece can be personalized to your home décor with the addition of basic or unique trims for the holiday season. Floral Design Certificate elective

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

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

Virtual class hosted on zoom

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

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

Old Williamsburg-Style Della Robbia Christmas Wreath | Sarah Needham

Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

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

Class presented virtually through Zoom

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

Level: Basic to Intermediate

Pre-requisites: None

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

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

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

Virtual class hosted on zoom

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

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

*Grocery pickup available, $30 per session

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

Mon., Dec. 20 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Virtual class hosted on Zoom 

Single class: $25 members | $30 nonmembers 

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

Online Classes
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. Eastern (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

Online Classes

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 

Online Classes
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

Online Classes
Colored Pencil by Christine Hutson

llumination Techniques I, II and III | Christine Hutson

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

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent watercolor experience)

Supply list (PDF)

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

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

Online Classes
Graphite Drawing by Jessi Evans

Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard

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

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

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

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

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

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

Online Classes
A Day at the Aviary by Melissa Fabian

Nature Journaling | Melissa Fabian

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

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to design a nature related journal

Level:  Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

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

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

Online Classes

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

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

Virtual class hosted on Zoom

All times Eastern Time Zone

Class series: $95 members | $115 nonmembers

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

Online Classes

Rain Garden Design for Homeowners | Evan Burbridge, Upstream

Tuesdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

$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. Professional credits are pending.

Online Classes
Colored Pencil by Brenda Jordan

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (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

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) 

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

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

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

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Topics include: 

Sept 22 - Native Plants for Beautiful, Biodiverse Yards 

Sept 29 - Weed and Invasive Plant Management 

Oct 6 - Fall Garden Care

Oct 13 - Creating and Managing Healthy Soil 

Oct 20 - Managing Water in your Landscape 

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

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

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

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

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