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Gardening & Botanical Crafts

Learn to bring the beauty of one-of-a-kind flowers, floral arrangements and seasonal plants into your home. Phipps offers an ever-changing selection of Gardening & Botanical Crafts classes for beginners and seasoned pros, from indoor bulbs to out of this world holiday wreathes and centerpieces.

Supporting Birds in Winter

Dates: Saturday, Sept. 13
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Instructor: Roxanne Swann, Audubon Society
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $3 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Birds face many challenges today but planting a garden to help meet their needs is one positive way we can help them flourish. Students in this class will learn about native plants and landscape elements that provide the essentials birds need to thrive in the winter, as well as plant seeds to support their own bird gardens. This program includes both in- and outdoor sessions so participants should dress accordingly.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

A Trip Through the September Garden

Dates: Saturday, Sept. 20
Time: 10 a.m. - noon (rain or shine)
Instructor: Lynn Purse
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Allison Park (directions will be sent to all registrants)

As summer wanes, September gardens reward us with lush foliage and deeper flower color. For this program, participants will tour Lynn Purse’s Ridgewood Gardens, typically overflowing with hydrangea, echinacea, rudbeckia, clematis, ornamental grasses, goldenrod, agastache and shrub roses inter-planted with annuals and tropicals. Pots of tomatoes, herbs and flowers also add color to decks surrounded by a tall, green woodland filled with the sounds of cicadas and tree frogs. It is sure to be a beautiful trip!

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Preserving the Herbal Harvest

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 25
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Andrea Jackson
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $5 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn how to enjoy the benefits of herbs all year long by exploring more common preservation methods, such as drying and freezing, as well as less common techniques, like making teas, tinctures, vinegars and syrups.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Catch the Sun Mosaics

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 25
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Daviea Davis
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $5 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will create their own fall-themed 8” x 12” sun catcher using tumbled stained glass pieces as they learn more about this ancient mosaic art form in a fun, casual way.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Beginning Bonsai Workshop

Dates: Saturday, Sept. 27
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Kevin Haughey
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members; $40 material fee
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In this hands-on workshop, students will have the opportunity to study the timeless and ancient art of bonsai as they learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. All materials will be provided, and each participant will take home a completed dwarf garden juniper bonsai. Participants should bring a pair of hand pruners if they have them.

This class is now filled. Please see our session on Oct. 25. Call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions.

Papermaking: Illustrating with Plants

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 30
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Katy Dement
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $5 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Participants in this class will hand-craft pieces of paper using cotton, banana and other plants collected at Phipps and then illustrate them with pressed and dried flowers, ferns and fibers to create “wet on wet” collages inspired by botanicals.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Plants for Fall Color

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 18
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Leslie Kaplan
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Fall offers many opportunities for highlighting colorful plants. Students in this course will be introduced to a wide variety that can be used to beautify the garden once summer has passed.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Papermaking with Plants

Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 | Register by Oct. 6
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: N/ A
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 120 members; $130 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this six-week course will learn about both traditional and modern papermaking techniques, color, texture, surface design and composition as they create their own recycled paper out of plant fibers, such as Japanese knotweed, that they will collect themselves. Participants will also explore the process of producing pulp from both dry and green fibers; learn how to use pressed and dried leaves and flowers as embellishments; discover how to make seeded papers; and experiment with various methods like dyeing, printing and pulp painting using fiber reactive dyes and natural pigments to enhance surface designs. Dry sheets will be hand-bound into sample/recipe books.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Extend the Growing Year with Four Season Gardening

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 25
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: David Clark
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this course, students will discuss topics including but not limited to cold frames, hot beds, outdoor season extenders, greenhouse growing, growing under lights, garden tool care (sharpening and cleaning), what to do during the off season, and more.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Gardening for Wildlife

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 25
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: David Clark
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn how to create wildlife-friendly gardens, exploring topics such as plant selection, habitats and beneficial natural landscape designs. Participants will also be provided with information on how to certify the habitats they create and have the opportunity to practice garden layout. Students are asked to bring a small colored pencil set to class.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Beginning Bonsai Workshop

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 25
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Dr. Norbert Pietrzak
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members; $40 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this hands-on workshop, students will have the opportunity to study the timeless and ancient art of bonsai as they learn the horticultural techniques of styling, wiring, potting and root pruning. All materials will be provided, and each participant will take home a completed dwarf garden juniper bonsai. Participants should bring a pair of hand pruners if they have them.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Digital Photography

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Egan
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 120 members; $160 non-members
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Students in this class will explore different aspects of photography through the use of a digital camera. Topics to be covered include digital workflow, camera settings, composition, image transfer and viewing preparation. Subjects like white balance, jpeg versus raw formats, and histograms will also be de-mystified so that they can be used as reliable tools. Instructor feedback will be given on weekly photographic assignments as students practice, and people with all levels of experience are welcome.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Make Your Own Terrarium

Dates: Wednesday, Nov. 5
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmy Lohr and Jonathan Weber
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $25 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to create a living garden under glass while discussing different styles of terrariums and containers (open versus closed and wet versus dry), plant selection, visual design and proper care. Attendees are asked to bring a container — from a glass bowl to an apothecary jar — for making their own terrariums. All other materials, including soil, moss, rocks and plants, will be provided.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Make Your Own Terrarium: Carnivorous Plants

Dates: Thursday, Nov. 6
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmy Lohr and Jonathan Weber
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this class, students will delve into the fun and fascinating world of carnivorous plants, discover the science behind their care and maintenance, and then create their own unique terrariums to take home. Containers, plants and other materials will be provided.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Tropical Bonsai: Weeping Fig

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 8
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Dr. Norbert Pietrzak
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members; $40 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to plant, prune and maintain a weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) — an excellent bonsai specimen for the indoors. All materials will be provided, and each participant will take home a completed bonsai. Participants should bring a pair of hand pruners if they have them.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Birdwatching in Mellon Park

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 15
Time: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gabi Hughes, Audubon Society
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members; $3 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Birdwatching is a great way to connect with the natural world while developing skills important to the scientific process: observing, collecting data and asking questions. Students engaged in this program will learn how to use their eyes and ears to determine a bird’s identity, navigate a field guide, properly use binoculars, and record their observations. Participants will also receive information about getting involved in an avian Citizen Science project, such as eBird or Project Feederwatch. Participants should dress to be outside for part of the class and may either borrow binoculars or bring their own.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Nature Printing: Turn Another Leaf

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 15
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Gudrun Garkisch and Sue Neff, Nature Printing Society
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 30 members; $40 non-members; $8 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Traditional nature printing involves rolling printer’s ink onto a natural object (i.e., a fresh leaf, fern or feather), placing it on a surface, and creating a finely detailed imprint of it. In this class, students will develop skills for creating both scientific and artistic illustrations for garden diaries and other projects. Each participant will be given special papers and note cards to print on but should plan to bring their own work aprons or smocks and some old rags for clean-up involving vegetable oil, soap and water.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Bonsai Re-Pot and Refresher

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 22
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Dr. Norbert Pietrzak
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Enthusiasts looking to re-pot, retrain or prune a tree in their collection will receive specialized attention from bonsai expert Dr. Norbert Pietrzak. Participants should bring a bonsai and a pair of hand pruners. Students may bring their own pots or purchase them at class.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Christmas Centerpiece

Dates: Thursday, Dec. 11
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sarah Needham
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 22 members; $32 non-members; $50 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will create a modern composite holiday centerpiece that incorporates votive candles, flowers, greens and various ornaments.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.