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Exhibits & Events in December 2014

Members-Only:
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 20, 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.
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.
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
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.
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, 2014
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  11:00 AM
Healthy Eating for Kids
Smart eating and activity tips

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

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 20  at  1:30 PM
Holiday Decor
Holiday-themed floral arranging

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

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
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.
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
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.

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

Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting February 2015
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 Feb. 13, 2015
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.
Hothouse Happy Hours
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Join us on Feb. 19 as we partner with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnetic Project (PUMP) to kick off Hothouse Happy Hours, a series of events for young professionals, featuring specialty cocktails, beer and wine, inspired bites and dynamic special guests.
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.

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

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.

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

Exhibits & Events in May 2015

Weekend Happenings

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