Summer Short Course (Pittsburgh, PA)

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension invite gardening enthusiasts to explore composting at this year’s annual Summer Short Course. With a robust line-up of local experts, attendees will learn about topics like composting principles, common contaminants in urban soils, using compost and so much more.

Summer Short Course sessions will include the following:
Composting Principles for Organic Plant Production | Lily Means and Jesse Barrett
Soil Texture, Soil Structure, and Compost | Margaret Sams
Community Composter School | Dora Walmsley
Digging into Common Contaminants in Urban Soils | Hayly Hoch
Using Compost | Dr. Elsa Sánchez

Summer Short Course, presented by Phipps and Penn State Extension, will be held in-person on Tues., July 30 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration costs $95. This event will be held in the Special Events Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This conference counts for Master Gardener Continuing Education credit, and elective hours for Phipps certificate programs: Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design.

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Twilight on the Terrace at the Mt. Cuba Center

Unwind from the week with a bite to eat while enjoying live music and evening access to the gardens. Enjoy local food, beer and wine from Bivouac Pizza and Zaikka as well as music from Beatles tribute band Magical Mystery. Tickets are included with admission to the gardens.

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Twilight on the Terrace

Unwind from the week with a bite to eat while enjoying live music and evening access to the gardens. Local food truck fare, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are included with admission to the gardens. Enjoy rock bands Genesis Z and Atlantis and local vendors Delaware Provision and Mojo Loco.

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Garden Conservancy Tour of Jardin De Buis

F2 Environmental Design & AJF Design invite you to tour Jardin de Buis, their fabulous estate in Pottersville, NJ, from 10 am – 4 pm. Pre-registration is required at the link.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts “Fine Arts and Flowers” Exhibit (Richmond, VA)

Held biennially since 1987, Fine Arts & Flowers 2024 is presented by The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with creative floral designs by Garden Club of Virginia, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, and Ikebana of Richmond.

The celebration begins with a dazzling gala and preview of more than 70 floral interpretations throughout the museum. Other special events include talks from renowned guest speakers and VMFA curators, luncheons, floral design workshops, exhibition tours, a fashion show, and a variety of family activities.

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Grand Opening of the Children’s Nature Library and Reading Room at River Farm (Alexandria, VA)

Join us Opening Day, June 1, 9am – 1pm, for face painting, story time, interactive crafts, and more!

The Children’s Nature Library and Reading Room at River Farm is a dynamic space for young readers pre-K to 6th grade featuring over 1,700 children’s books focused on nature and gardening, story time, and fun educational activities. River Farm’s Children’s Garden, just steps from the library, enriches the experience with opportunities for children to explore gardening and nature in a hands-on setting.

The library was made possible by generous grants from Dominion Energy and Ruppert Family Foundation and an astounding donation of books from the Jane L. Taylor book collection. Program activities are inspired from

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Peak of Spring Migration Bird Walk (Boyce, VA)

We’re close to the peak of spring migration! Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr to spy on neotropical migrants. We hope to see vireos, wrens, gnatcatchers, orioles, buntings, grosbeaks, and more!

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Wildflower Walk at the Thompson Wildlife Management Area (Boyce, VA)

Learn to recognize our spring wildflowers in their native habitat. Scout for trilliums, orchids, and other spring wildflowers alongside Blandy’s Assistant Curator for the Native Plant Trail Jack Monsted.

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Spring Wildflower Walk (Boyce, VA)

Discover Virginia’s spring wildflowers! Tour the woodland section of the

Native Plant Trail with Blandy’s Assistant Curator Jack Monsted. Scout for trilliums, bluebells, and other “spring beauties” as you learn all about the natural history of these fascinating flowers.

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