Next Meeting April 17, 2014
Join Pittsburgh’s new network of creative minds working together to strengthen the bond between people and the natural world.
Next Meeting: April 17, 2014
Guest Speaker: Christina Joy Neumann
Topic: "Beempathy: Enriching Human Experience of the Natural World Through the Art of Beekeeping"
Although beekeeping is newly popular as a form sustainable food production, guest speaker Christina Joy Neumann will explain how the rewards of working with these creatures range well beyond the edible commodity they produce. Upon tending to the needs of the colony, the beekeeper finds that bees convey real-time information on the health of our broader ecology and also provide a wealth of problem-solving inspiration. Christina Neumann is a LEED® AP architect, botanical illustrator and owner of Apoidea Apiary, LLC. She keeps 20 – 40 honeybee hives in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and also breeds naturalized northern survivor stock of several different bee species, including Apis mellifera and Megachilid bees.
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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. The group will meet monthly at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plate food and a happy-hour cash bar, a discipline or behavior will be identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities.
Directions and Parking
This meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility’s first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact
What Is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Spring Flower Show
- March 22 – April 20, 2014
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Natives on the Rooftop
- April 4 – June 8, 2014
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
- Used Bulb Sale
- Saturdays, April 5, 19 and 26, 2014
10 a.m. – noon
- Bowties & Butterflies
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 – 10 p.m.
- Butterfly Forest
- April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party May 2, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- 30th Annual Great Plant Auction
- May 2, 2014
- May Market and National Public Gardens Day
- May 9 and 10, 2014
Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Summer Flower Show
- May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
- Inspire Speakers Series
- Second Thursday of every month, November 2013 – May 2014, except where noted
Next Event May 15, 2014
5 – 8 p.m.
- Discovery Garden Day
- May 25, 2013
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- From the Ground Up: Community Feast
- May 31, 2014
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open