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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.

Glass Flowers, Glass Plants

Dates: Thursday, April 17
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Daviea Davis
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $5 material fee
Location:

Thursday, April 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.
$20 members | $30 nonmembers | Material fee: $5
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Students in this class will create their own spring-themed 8” x 12” sun catcher using tumbled stained glass pieces as the instructor introduces the 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.

Bonsai Over Rock for Beginners

Dates: Saturday, May 3
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Norbert Pietrzak
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members; $45 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to plant, prune and maintain bonsai through creation of a root-over-rock specimen — in this case, a juniper trained over tufa rock. Each participant will take home a completed bonsai.

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

Drawing Made Simple

Dates: Saturday, May 3, 10, 17 and 31
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Instructor: Marianne Pionati-Hilke
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 120 members; $132 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Designed for beginners or those in need of a refresher, this class covers materials, composition, lighting, texture and observation. Demonstrations will also focus on problem solving and project design.

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

Soapmaking Demonstration

Dates: Thursday, July 17
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Cyndi Fink
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Participants in this demonstration will learn about the history and chemistry of soapmaking, take a look at some traditional botanical ingredients, and then get a firsthand glimpse at how a small batch is made. At the end, all attendees will be given a soap sample and recipes to take home. Please note: Due to hazards associated with some of the chemicals used in this process, there is no hands-on participation. Please register by June 12 for the July 17 session.

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

Stained Glass Flower Vase

Dates: Tuesday, May 13 and 20
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Anne Alvin
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 40 members; $60 non-members; $30 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this fun class will transform everyday terracotta containers into beautiful stained glass mosaic art forms to take home.

This class is now filled. Call or e-mail with questions or to be placed on the waiting list.

Perennial Gardening

Dates: Thursday, May 22 and 29
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Roos
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 40 members; $60 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn how to successfully grow perennials through careful consideration of soil preparation, plant selection, planting methods, fertilization and more. A slideshow will also highlight and spark discussion about common and more unique hardy varieties that thrive in western Pa.

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

Designing Dazzling Containers

Dates: Tuesday, May 27
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Anne Alvin
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn how to create stunning containers to enliven walkways, patios or balconies using single, dual and triple floral combinations, color and composition. Soil, as well as a diverse selection of plants, will be available for sale at or below retail prices, and participants will have the chance to design and either plant their own containers in class or purchase flowers to take home.

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

Bonsai Maple Forest

Dates: Saturday, May 31
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Norbert Pietrzak
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members; $45 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to plant, prune and maintain bonsai through creation of a spectacular landscape using five maple seedlings. Participants are asked to bring hand pruners. Each participant will take home a completed bonsai.

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

Introduction to Orchids

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

In this course, students will learn all about home orchid care, as well as discuss common varieties and their histories. Those who register by May 26 may choose to purchase their own Phalaenopsis grown locally by Bidwell Training Center.

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

Glass Flowers, Glass Plants

Dates: Wednesday, June 11
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 summer-themed 8” x 12” sun catchers using tumbled stained glass pieces while learning about the 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.

Compositional Techniques for Macro Photography

Dates: Wednesday, July 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 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

In this class, students will review tried-and-true compositional techniques and learn how to apply them to macro (close-up) photography scenarios. The course structure also allows time for Conservatory assignment shoots, during which tripods can be used, as well as group print review. Participants of all experience levels are welcome; however, any cameras used must be able to shoot macro images.

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

Introduction to Needle Felting: Hens and Chicks Succulents

Dates: Saturday, July 12
Time: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Erin Carlson
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 30 members; $45 non-members; $10 material fee
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Students in this class will be provided with dyed wool roving, plus felting needles and foam, for creating a hens and chicks succulent plant for use as a brooch, magnet or embellishment for a nonliving terrarium display. Children ages 12 years or older are welcome with adult accompaniment.

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

An Easy Way to Draw Workshop

Dates: Saturday, Aug. 16
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Marianne Pionati-Hilke
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 40 members; $50 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

This one- day workshop covers topics such as left versus right brain drawing, negative and positive spacing, and how to render objects in three dimensions. Throughout the day, participants will also develop problem-solving skills and other techniques through a variety of hands-on projects.

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