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Green Gardening & Healthy Living Series

The newest series of classes at Phipps helps you to live healthier and garden more sustainably. Help reduce your impact on the environment and learn about sustainable practices you can use in your home landscape, plus learn about healthy living through yoga.

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 22, 23, 29; Apr. 5, 12, 13, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 18, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Darrell Frey, Juliette Jones, Elizabeth Lynch, and guest instructors
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 970 members; $970 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park and various field trips

Permaculture is synonymous with ecological and regenerative design. It features holistic approaches to design that integrate natural environmental processes with human systems to enhance human health as well as that of the environment. It is often referred to as reaching beyond sustainability. Permaculture design is rooted in agriculture and horticulture, yet is far reaching and interdisciplinary in nature, making connections to city planning, ecology, architecture, and appropriate technology.

If this sounds good to you, you may be ready to earn your Permaculture Design Certificate. During this action-filled 11 days, journey with us as we visit Pittsburgh’s premier examples of permaculture in action. Get a sense of what is possible in urban sustainability, and try your hand at some of the green techniques being taught. Then get a chance to put what you learn into action by co-designing Phipps’ Garden Center space.

Instructors include Darrell Frey, author of and permaculturist for over 25 years, Juliette Jones, co-founder of Pittsburgh Permaculture, and Elizabeth Lynch, co-founder of the Three Rivers Permaculture Guild, plus guest presenters.

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

T'ai Chi in the Conservatory

Dates: Sunday, March 23 and 30; April 6, 13, and 27; May 4, 11 and 18
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Instructor: Stan Swartz
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 70 members; $105 non-members
Location:

Sunday, March 23 and 30; April 6, 13 and 27; May 4, 11 and 18 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
$70 members | $105 nonmembers
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Level: Beginner

An excellent way to manage stress, and to feel stronger, more flexible and energized in today’s busy world, is through T’ai Chi. As it focuses on the mind and spirit, rather than speed and endurance, the practice is also suitable for all levels and ages. Attendees are asked to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes; no flip-flops please. Please note: Students should plan to access Phipps from the Schenley Park Bridge side on most mornings before 9 a.m. due to road closures.

This session is now filled. Please see our summer session listings below, or contact us to be placed on the waiting list. Call or e-mail with questions.

Garden to Spa: Natural Skin Care

Dates: Saturday, April 19 and 26
Time: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michele Czolba
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 100 members; $125 non-members; $25 material fee
Location:

Saturday, April 19 and 26 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$100 members | $125 nonmembers | Material fee: $25
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Many herbs, flowers, fruits and other plants have medicinal and cosmetic uses. In this hands-on class, students will learn how to use plants from the garden for making spa products, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, bath salts, sugar scrubs, natural face masks and herbal oils.

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

Rain Barrel/Watershed Workshop

Dates: Thursday, April 24
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nancy Martin
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 50 members; $50 non-members
Location:

Thursday, April 24 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
$50 per person | $55 per couple
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Level: Beginner

Harvesting rain water makes good sense for backyards and gardens, can save money, and benefits water quality in our region. In this workshop, students will learn why rain barrels are especially important in Allegheny County, how to assemble and install a retrofitted rain barrel to downspouts, and how to best store and use rainwater. Participants will also receive all of the hardware required for retrofitting a 55-gallon drum into a functioning rain barrel. This workshop is hosted by Zero Waste Pittsburgh. To register, visit http://zerowastepgh.org/ZW-PRC-byvc.html or call 412/488-7490, ext. 226. Price includes one set of retrofitting hardware per registration. Questions? Call 412/488-7490, ext. 247.

Essential Oil Exploration

Dates: Wednesday, May 7, 14 and 21
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Faye Silver and Ann Dunham
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 60 members; $80 non-members; $5 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Essential Oils for the Body | May 7
Plant-based therapeutic essential oils can be used to help alleviate symptoms that arise as a result of everything from allergies, headaches and insect bites to muscle aches, fevers and colds. Students in this class will learn how and when to safely use these natural healing agents to positively impact their health.

Essential Oils for the Mind | May 14
Plant-based therapeutic essential oils are known to have profound effects on mood, helping to manage negative emotions such as anger, sorrow and anxiety. Students in this class will learn how oils work, and which ones are best for relieving symptoms and contributing to emotional well-being.

Essential Oils for the Home | May 21
Many essential oils have been found to help inhibit or kill various types of bacteria, mold, spores and even viruses, making them a natural substitute for harsh chemicals used in many commercial cleaners. In this class, students will learn safe techniques for cleaning at home with therapeutic essential oils.

Please note: If you have concerns about the impacts of essential oils on your health, please consult your doctor.

The material fee is per session, and is due upon registration.

Single session prices: $25 members, $35 nonmembers; $5 material fee.

Sign up online - May 7 or All Sessions
Sign up online - May 14
Sign up online - May 21
Or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Tea and Herbs: Drinking and Other Uses

Dates: Thursday, May 8
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Margaret Harris
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 25 members; $35 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn all about tea — how and where it grows, available types, proper steeping and serving techniques, potential health benefits, its uses in cooking and art, and much more.

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

Local Food Preservation Series: Home Preservation Primer

Dates: Thursday, May 22
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Marquesen
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

The desire to eat local produce all year, have more control over ingredients in prepared foods, and save a little money are just a few of the reasons why people preserve summer’s bounty. In this class, students will learn the basics of drying, freezing and both hot water bath and pressure canning. Please note: This course does not include a hands-on kitchen demonstration.

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

T'ai Chi in Mellon Park

Dates: Thursday, June 5, 12, 19 and 26; July 3, 10, 17 and 24
Time: 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Instructor: Patty Swartz
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 80 members; $120 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center Patio in Mellon Park

Practicing T’ai Chi is an excellent way to manage stress, and to feel stronger, more flexible and energized in today’s busy world. As it focuses on the mind and spirit, rather than speed and endurance, this form of gentle exercise is also suitable for people of all ages and ability levels. Attendees are asked to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes; no flip-flops, please.

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

T'ai Chi in the Conservatory

Dates: Sunday, June 8, 15, 22 and 29; July 13, 20 and 27; Aug. 3
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Instructor: Stan Swartz
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 80 members; $120 non-members
Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Practicing T’ai Chi is an excellent way to manage stress, and to feel stronger, more flexible and energized in today’s busy world. As it focuses on the mind and spirit, rather than speed and endurance, this form of gentle exercise is also suitable for people of all ages and ability levels. Attendees are asked to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes; no flip-flops, please.

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

Local Food Preservation Series: Jams, Jellies and Preserves

Dates: Thursday, June 12
Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Marquesen
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 30 members; $35 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this class, students will learn how to prepare jams, jellies and other preserves using early summer fruits and herbs. Proven recipes and methods will be used, and instruction will be supplemented with a hands-on demonstration. Please note: This year’s course features new recipes.

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

Local Food Preservation Series: Pickles, Salsas and Relishes

Dates: Thursday, July 31
Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Marquesen
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 30 members; $35 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to prepare pickles, salsas and relishes using local fruits and vegetables. Proven recipes and methods will be used, and classroom instruction will be supplemented with a hands-on demonstration. Please note: This year’s course features new recipes.

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

Local Food Preservation Series: Fall Fruits: Apples, Pears and Tomatoes

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 11
Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Marquesen
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 30 members; $35 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will learn how to put up fruit sauce, spirits and tomatoes using fall’s bounty. Proven recipes and methods will be used, and instruction will be supplemented with a hands-on demonstration.

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