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Exhibits & Events in January 2015

One More Night of Winter Lights
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
5 – 11 p.m.
Take one more walk through the dazzling light displays in our Outdoor and Children’s Discovery Gardens while our indoor spaces transform for the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show.
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
Closes March 1, 2015
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

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
Introduction to Bonsai: Soil, Tools and Pots

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

Tropical Sundays
Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees, sway to music of Matthew Mazza and Carmen Bruno of the Tropical Sands Steel Band, and taste tropical fruit.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Feb. 5, 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!
Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.
Tropical Forest Congo Opening Festival
Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be among the first to see our new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit as our guest at a special opening celebration. Family-friendly activities include a storytelling performance, African-inspired food sampling, cultural crafts and a pot-a-plant station — all free with Phipps admission.
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 Magnet 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

Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
Join Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland to swap seeds and plants, learn tips and get ready for a great season of gardening. Bring seeds you saved from last year and take home an exciting selection to grow in your garden this year. Admission is free to the public.
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.
Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.

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

Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.

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

Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.

Weekend Happenings

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

Exhibits & Events in June 2015

Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.

Weekend Happenings

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