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Exhibits & Events in November 2014

Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
6 and 7:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT

Kick off the holiday season with two of Pittsburgh's most treasured traditions. Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to enjoy the botanical delights of Phipps and vignettes from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s rendition of The Nutcracker on the very same night. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance!
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2014, plus Nov. 28 and Dec. 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.
Garden Railroad
Ongoing
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.

Weekend Happenings

November 1  at  10:00 AM
Healthy Eating for Kids
Smart eating and activity tips

November 1  at  12:30 PM
Origami
Origami flower how-to

November 2  at  12:30 PM
Origami
Origami flower how-to

November 8  at  1:30 PM
Indian Spices and Herbs
Culinary herbs and spices, plus tastings

November 9  at  1:30 PM
Native American Medicinal Plants
Traditional medicinal uses of plants

November 15  at  1:30 PM
Tea Exploration
Interactive tea demonstration

November 16  at  1:30 PM
Knitting with Natural Plant Fibers
Natural fiber knitting possibilites

November 22  at  1:30 PM
Houseplants
Practical care tips

November 23  at  1:30 PM
Harvest Flowers
Bountiful seasonal floral arranging

November 29  at  1:30 PM
Bees Please
All about urban beekeeping

November 30  at  1:30 PM
Ayurvedic Medicinal Herbs
The healing properties of herbs

Exhibits & Events in December 2014

Gifts and Greens Market
Dec. 4 – 6, 2014
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public, this special holiday shopping tradition at Phipps Garden Center is sure to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this season.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Dec. 4, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network of creative minds meeting monthly to discuss strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. Join the conversation!
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Dec. 5, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
Gather your friends and get ready to dine, drink and dance the night away at Phipps! Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
Members-Only:
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 6, 2014
11 a.m. – noon
Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy
Sat., Dec. 6 and 13, 2014
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Phipps and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre are pleased to present Saturdays with the Sugarplum Fairy, 30-minute creative movement dance classes and story time sessions with a dancer in costume. Activities are free with Conservatory admission and appropriate for comfortably-dressed children of all ages.
Members-Only Shopping Hours and Discount
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
8 – 10 a.m.
Members: Have the Shop at Phipps all to yourselves as we open early just for you. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee as you browse our exquisite collection of unique gifts. Plus, get an extra 10-percent off on top of your member discount!
Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of engaging educational activities, all free with the price of admission, these special days at the Conservatory are filled with adventure and fun.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, featuring a variety of activities for children, we will welcome 2015 with an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. so that everyone can join in the fun.
Garden Railroad
Ongoing
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2014, plus Nov. 28 and Dec. 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.

Weekend Happenings

December 6  at  12:30 PM
Origami
Origami flower how-to

December 6  at  1:30 PM
Healthy Eating for Kids
Smart eating and activity tips

December 7  at  1:30 PM
Holiday Decor

December 13  at  1:30 PM
Holiday Papermaking
Seasonal papermaking

December 14  at  1:30 PM
African Rainforest Medicinal Plants
Traditional medicinal uses of plants

December 21  at  1:30 PM
Holiday Floral Arrangements
Festive floral arranging

December 27  at  12:30 PM
Origami
Origami flower how-to

December 28  at  1:30 PM
Floral Arrangements for the New Year
Holiday-themed floral arranging

December 30  at  1:30 PM
Festive Flowers
Celebratory plants beyond poinsettias

Exhibits & Events in January 2015

Garden Railroad
Ongoing
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting

Weekend Happenings

January 3  at  11:00 AM
Healthy Eating for Kids (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Smart eating and activity tips

January 3  at  10:30 PM
Origami (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
Origami flower how-to

January 4  at  1:30 PM
Vanilla Orchids
All about aromatic beauties

January 10  at  1:30 PM
Growing Orchids on Your Windowsill
Home orchid care tips

January 11  at  1:30 PM
Medicinal Plants of the Congo Rainforest
Traditional medicinal uses of plants

January 17  at  1:30 PM
Orchids 101
Wild and weird plant basics

January 18  at  1:30 PM
Demystifying Orchids
Practical orchid-growing tips

January 24  at  1:30 PM
Bonsai
Bonsai basics from a Phipps expert

January 25  at  1:30 PM
Tropical and Temperate Bonsai
Differences and collection-building

January 31  at  1:30 PM
Advanced Orchid Growing
Orchid collection-building tips

Exhibits & Events in February 2015

Weekend Happenings

February 1  at  1:30 PM
Spring Flower Arrangements
Spring flower arrangement tips

February 7  at  1:30 PM
Tropical Forest Congo Festival (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Opening celebration for our new exhibit

February 8  at  1:30 PM
African Rainforest Medicinal Plants
Traditional medicinal uses of plants

February 14  at  11:00 AM
Healthy Eating for Kids (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Smart eating and activity tips

February 14  at  1:30 PM
Bonsai
Bonsai design tips

February 15  at  1:30 PM
Terrariums
Starting and maintaining a terrarium

February 21  at  1:30 PM
Wiring and Styling a Bonsai
Bonsai wiring techniques demonstration

February 22  at  1:30 PM
Sneaky, Seductive Orchids
Orchid pollination mechanisms

February 28  at  1:30 PM
How to Start an Orchid Collection
Orchid-collecting basics

Exhibits & Events in March 2015

Weekend Happenings

March 1  at  1:30 PM
Natural Dyes
Plant-based fiber dyes and more

March 7  at  11:00 AM
Healthy Eating for Kids (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Smart eating and activity tips

March 7  at  1:30 PM
Essential Oils
Benefits and uses

March 8  at  1:30 PM
Spring Tablescapes
Natural spring décor enhancement

March 14  at  1:30 PM
Vermicomposting
Worm composting basics

March 15  at  1:30 PM
Seed Starting
Seed-starting techniques

March 21  at  1:30 PM
Eating to Maximize Health
Whole plant-based eating tips

March 22  at  1:30 PM
Easter, Spring and Other Things
The symbolism of spring

March 28  at  1:30 PM
Origami (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
Origami flower how-to

March 29  at  1:30 PM
Origami (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
Origami flower how-to

Exhibits & Events in April 2015

Weekend Happenings

April 4  at  11:00 AM
Healthy Eating for Kids (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Smart eating and activity tips

April 4  at  12:00 PM
Botanical Embroidery (noon - 3 p.m.)
Botanical embroidery showcase

April 5  at  1:30 PM
Some Bunny Loves Flowers
Delightful spring flower arrangements

April 11  at  1:30 PM
African Violets
Houseplant growing tips

April 12  at  1:30 PM
Preparing Your Garden for Spring
Garden wake-up tips

April 18  at  1:30 PM
Essential Oils
Benefits and uses

April 19  at  1:30 PM
Celebrating Mother Earth
45th anniversary Earth Day celebration

April 25  at  1:30 PM
Origami (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
Origami flower how-to

April 26  at  1:30 PM
Let's Go Full Bloom!
Colorful flower designs

March 15  at  1:30 PM
Seed Starting
Seed-starting techniques