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Pollinator Week, June 17 – 23, is an annual celebration centered around pollinator health that was initiated by Pollinator Partnership. Join us as we celebrate our pollinator friends all month long! Phipps is excited to offer a lineup of courses related to honoring and protecting pollinators. With exciting topics ranging from plant pollination courses to a painting pollinators, there’s a course for all sorts of pollinator enthusiasts! To learn even more about Pollinator Week, visit pollinatorweek.org.

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 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.

Click titles below for full course descriptions 

Ecological Gardening

Culinary Arts

Botanical Art and Illustration

Celebrate Pollinators at Phipps!
Louis Ruediger

Meet Our Pollinators | Braley Burke

Mon., June 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$25 members | $30 nonmembers

There’s a lot of buzz about pollinators these days, but who are they? Take a look at bees, flies, beetles, and other important pollinators you may spot in your yard. Explore the fascinating lives of these pollinators, why they’re important, and how you can attract them to your area.

Celebrate Pollinators at Phipps!
Kitoko Chargois

Pollinated Plates | Chef Emily Larsen

Tues., June 18 | 6 – 8 p.m. 

Botany Hall Teaching Kitchen at Phipps Conservatory
$75 members | $85 nonmembers 

We’re celebrating National Pollinator Week in Botany Hall Kitchen! Pollinators play a vital role in our food ecosystem and without them, we humans would go hungry. In this class we’ll create culinary masterpieces that honor our local pollinators and the work that they do. We'll start with a Grilled Fennel Apple Salad thanks to our pollinating friend, the hover fly. Hover flies are the 2nd most important pollinator after, you guessed it, bees! Did you know bees pollinate about 1 in every 3 bites of food? To honor our bee friends, we’ll have an Italian Carrot Almond Cake! For dessert, we'll clink our glasses to celebrate the bats with a Mango Margarita. After all, we wouldn’t have tequila without bats! Come learn more about these pollinators and the flavors they provide us. Students must be 21 or older to participate.

Celebrate Pollinators at Phipps!
Lyn Babcock

Cultivating a 4-Season Native Pollinator Garden | Chris Kosin

Thurs., June 20 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park 
$25 members | $30 nonmembers

Learn how to attract and retain pollinators in your outdoor space. Explore the world of North American native plants and their symbiotic relationships with local pollinators. Create a 4-season garden that supports biodiversity year-round. Chris Kosin from GaiaScape will share insights on plant selection, seasonal considerations, and garden design principles. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, you will gain practical tips to transform your garden into a sustainable haven for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and more.

Celebrate Pollinators at Phipps!
Maria Sibylla Merian

Revery Alone Won't Do: Pollinating Plants at the Hunt Institute | Carrie Roy

Mon., June 24 | 7 – 8 p.m.  

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

Using historical and contemporary botanical art from the collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, this talk will showcase the variety of plant and pollinator interactions and adaptations that have fascinated scientists and laypeople alike for ages. Included in the discussion will be early studies of pollinator relationships by artists like Maria Sibylla Merian as well as more contemporary works from field guides and even from children’s books. 

Celebrate Pollinators at Phipps!
Rosalie Haizlett

Painting Pollinators with Watercolor Pencil: Capture Native Plant and Pollinator Interactions in Loose Watercolor Sketches Rosalie Haizlett

Thurs., June 27 | 7 – 8 p.m.  

Presented as live webinar through Zoom
$40 members | $50 nonmembers 

Watercolor pencils are a great tool for quickly creating dynamic scenes that are bursting with movement and energy, perfect for capturing the buzzing of bees or pulsing of hummingbird wings. In this relaxed, beginner-friendly Zoom class, nature illustrator Rosalie Haizlett will guide students through a complete watercolor pencil painting of a native plant and its insect or bird pollinator. First, Rosalie will show the process of creating pencil outlines from a reference photo. Then she'll share her favorite tricks for building up layers and textures to create a vibrant piece. For all the art supply enthusiasts in the audience, she'll also showcase a few spinoffs of the watercolor pencil, like ink pencils and water-soluble wax pastels. This class is perfect for beginner to intermediate level students or avid art-makers who are new to watercolor pencils.

Celebrate Pollinators at Phipps!
Rob Cardillo Photography

Bus Trip and Guided Tour of Pollinator and Bird Garden in The Arboretum at Penn State

Thurs., July 25 | 8 a.m. – 7:30  p.m.  

Begins and ends at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
$80 members | $85 nonmembers | $17 optional lunch (option to add lunch will appear once tickets have been added to your cart)

Join us on a bus trip to visit the Pollinator and Bird Garden in The Arboretum at Penn State. Completed in 2021, the three acre garden was designed to attract the many insect pollinator species and both resident and migratory birds in our region. The garden serves as a site for scholarly research and educational activities at the University. As such, it incorporates extensive beds of pollinator- and bird-friendly plants, water features, beehives, agricultural beds, and an orchard. This visit will include a guided tour of the gardens and a talk with Penn State students to learn about their ongoing research, including their use of AI devices and some work they are doing on bee nesting habitat.