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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.

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.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 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.

T'ai Chi in the Conservatory

Dates: Sunday, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Instructor: Stan Swartz
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 80 members; $105 non-members
Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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; flip-flops are prohibited. 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.

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

Sustainable Perennials for Your Garden

Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 10 (Rain date: Sept. 17)
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Roos
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Students in this course will explore the Sustainable Perennial Beds at Phipps and see some of the region’s top-performing and most reliable varieties first hand. After the tour, participants will be introduced to even more perennials, some of which are on Phipps’ Top 10 Sustainable Plants lists, and learn about best practices for designing, planting and maintaining a healthy sustainable garden.

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, Sept. 11, 18 and 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time: 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Instructor: Patty Swartz
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 80 members; $105 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

T’ai Chi offers a smooth transition from the busy workday in a peaceful garden setting as participants stand like a mountain or flow like a great river, their feet firmly rooted in the earth and the tops of their heads pressing upwards toward the heavens. Attendees are asked to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes; flip-flops are prohibited.

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

Organic Lawn Care

Dates: Thursday, Oct. 2
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Walter Jarosh
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 20 members; $30 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Lush lawns that are safe for children, pets and the environment begin with the creation of healthy soil, and fall is a great time to get started. Students in this class will learn how to grow an organic lawn that is free of synthetic chemicals in accordance with Phipps’ Safe Lawn Program; discover best practices for mowing, watering, fertilization and aeration; and discuss insect and weed control.

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