Phipps' February garden classes

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Phipps Opens Registration for February Adult Education Classes

Providing instruction on everything from seed-starting to how to create beautiful living plant arrangements, Phipps’ upcoming classes will prepare every plant enthusiast for the coming spring.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Registration is now open for the following diverse adult education classes offered by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, one of the world’s greenest public gardens:

Soil Ecology

Dates & Time: Feb. 12, 19 and 26; March 5; 7 – 9 p.m.

Instructor: Walter Jarosh

Fee: $88 Phipps members; $128 nonmembers

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn about the physical properties of soils and best management practices for maintaining soil health, as well as discuss how to interpret various soil and fertilizer tests.  

Winter Tree ID

Date & Time: Feb. 23; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Instructor: Leslie Kaplan

Fee: $44 Phipps members; $64 nonmembers

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

This indoor/outdoor class covering field identification gives students the opportunity to discover differences in the shapes of trees, bark, twigs and buds while learning other useful techniques.

Living Arrangements

Date & Time: Feb. 25; 7 – 9 p.m.

Instructor: Jimmy Lohr

Fee: $22 Phipps members; $32 nonmembers, plus $25 material fee

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this hands-on class, students will learn to care for plants such as African violets, calla lilies, hydrangeas, tropical foliage and orchids, as well as how to use them to make living arrangements. 

Digital Photography

Dates & Time: Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Instructor: Bob Egan

Fee: $120 Phipps members; $160 nonmembers

Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Students in this interactive course will take advantage of the many wonderful photographic opportunities at Phipps to learn about white balance, jpeg vs. raw formats, histograms, and much more.  


Date & Time: Feb. 21; 7 – 9 p.m.

Instructor: Tara Rockacy

Fee: $20 Phipps members; $30 nonmembers

Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

This class will teach students how to sort through catalogs and choose varieties best suited for their growing space, as well as cover equipment, tools and environments needed to start vegetable seedlings.

To register or learn more, interested individuals should contact Phipps at 412/441-4442, ext. 3925 or A complete list of classes in horticulture, landscape and native plant design, floral arrangement, botanical art and illustration, and green living can be found  online.


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