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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.

Fragrant Plants

Dates: Wednesday, Jan. 21 (Snow date: Jan. 28)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Leslie Kaplan
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Fragrant plants, including aromatic shrubs, trees, perennials and annuals, can add a wonderful dimension to any garden. Students in this class will explore the possible sources of natural fragrance — from bark and leaves to flowers.

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

Taking Meaningful Photos

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Snow date: March 7) |
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Egan
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Prior digital photography class with Bob Egan
Fee: $ 120 members; $144 non-members
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Making impactful photographs often requires more than basic point-and-shoot photographic skills. Thoughtfully answering the question “why am I taking this photo” allows a photographer to determine how to take a picture, emphasize what initially caught his/her eye, and draw the viewer’s attention to what is important in the image. Ideal for those who have a basic knowledge of their cameras and already take well-composed photos, this class will help participants take their art to the next level.

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

Introduction to Garden Planning and Design

Dates: Monday, March 2, 9 and 16 (Snow date: March 23)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Marilyn Apostolou
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 60 members; $72 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this course, students will learn about plant selection, garden trends, maintenance plans, architectural cohesion, implementation and more. Each participant will utilize a personal garden design workbook to track his or her garden design progress, and a panel of experts will join the class to discuss real-world garden design and maintenance challenges. Students will also receive a pre-class survey to ensure that their interests are covered in the course.

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

Seed Starting

Dates: Thursday, March 12 and 26
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Kramer
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 40 members; $48 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

The life of any garden begins and ends with a seed — whether it is a vegetable, annual flower, perennial, tree or shrub. In this class, steps for successful seed starting will be covered, along with techniques for transplanting. Heirloom and hybrid qualities will also be discussed and a hands-on segment will allow each student to gain the confidence needed to successfully start seeds at home for spring.

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

Introduction to Garden Care

Dates: Tuesday, March 24 and 31; April 7
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Roos
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 60 members; $72 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

This course is designed to help the novice gardener feel confident creating and maintaining a beautiful home landscape. With an emphasis on sustainable practices, this class will cover soil preparation, plant selection, proper planting techniques, maintenance, and insect and disease control for both vegetable and ornamental gardens. Students will also get a thorough overview of perennials, trees and shrubs that are hardy to this region and help create a visually pleasing and environmentally friendly garden.

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

Beginning Bonsai Workshop

Dates: Saturday, April 11
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Dr. Norbert Pietrzak
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
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.

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

Make Your Own Terrarium

Dates: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jimmy Lohr
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
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.

The Ever-Blooming Garden: Color and Light in Mosaic Glass

Dates: Thursday, April 16
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Daviea Davis
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members; $5 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

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.

Introduction to Orchids

Dates: Thursday, April 16
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Demetria Marsh
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
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 April 6 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.

Beginning Bonsai Workshop

Dates: Saturday, April 18
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Kevin Haughey
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
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.

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, April 25
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Dr. 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. 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.

Spring Wildflower Walk

Dates: Thursday, April 23 and Saturday, May 2
Time: Thursday, 7 - 9 p.m. | Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Poremski
Objective: To learn how to use Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide to accurately identify wildflowers growing in the Pennsylvania woodlands.
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 55 members; $75 non-members
Location: Thursday, Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park | Saturday, Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve

This class and field trip will provide students the opportunity to identify and study a variety of wildflowers growing in the Pennsylvania woodlands. Under the guidance of naturalist Jeanne Poremski and through the use of Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, students will observe and identify species and family characteristics, growing partners, and native habitats of a variety of wildflowers. Students should bring a copy of Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide to the class.

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

Bird Drawing

Dates: Saturday, April 25; May 2, 9 and 16
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Marianne Pionati-Hilke
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 120 members; $144 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this four-week class, nature lovers will learn to draw what they see, using colored pencil to apply basic drawing principles and techniques to capture beautiful birds on paper.

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

Bonsai Maple Forest

Dates: Saturday, May 9
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Dr. 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 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.