PNothing for March for P-OSI

Once the Phipps show and our own OSWP Orchid show have all happened, the teams will again see how we can help Phipps grow in all ways their orchid collection, to continue to be one of special note.

Once the Phipps show and our own OSWP Orchid show have all happened, the teams will again see how we can help Phipps grow in all ways their orchid collection, to continue to be one of special note.​
Meanwhile, there will be articles for the summer issues of the Orchid Digest and Slipper Orchid Alliance Journal based on the results of our Important Historical Phragmipedium Hybrids Survey and the progress we are making with the living museum of Slipper Orchids, the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection.  For survey results see

If you’d like to be a part of this phenomenal team effort, contact us!  We’d love to have you for Pfun and P-OSI!  It’s a wonderful learning experience for all of us, a great way to give back to the community and to help make Pittsburgh someplace even more special.

Our teams:






 Experienced and new members are all welcome.

Park in the back of the conservatory and PUT A SIGN ON YOUR DASHBOARD:  OSWP ORCHID VOLUNTEER AT PHIPPS.  Then come thru the Center for Sustainable Landscapes thru the Tropical Greenhouse to the automatic doors to the left . . . or walk up the driveway to the back of the gardens and come thru the doors to the left of the loading dock for the conservatory.  We’ll be in the head production house where we normally repot for Pfun.   7/9 at 10AM at Phipps Conservatory growing houses.

If you cannot find us call or text

In the meantime:  Think Orchids!

For more information, contact:

Nancy Kline                                                                                 Demetria Marsh                                                   
412-367-1556                                                                             412-848-4349

March 2018

Katie Schuller, Phipps Orchid grower.

A joint initiative between Phipps Conservatory and the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania to create and cultivate an orchid collection of note for enjoyment, education and research.


​Lots going on and some weekend dates for those of you who look for them.

We have one potting date for March, the 27th.  Looking for 3 volunteers to work that Tuesday @ 9:30.

Opportunities are available to help with the ‘Used Bulb and Orchid Sale’. There are 3 sale dates and we need 3-4 volunteers for each date. Also will need a few the day before to help get the plants ready:  The dates are: March 24, April 7 and April 21. These are ALL Saturdays. The sale is from 9:30 to 11:30. Please plan to be here by 9am as, especially the earliest dates are VERY busy with long lines of early-bird buyers. You will help purchasers select, pay for and pack their items. The day before, a Friday, we need help to get the plants to the sale area. Will begin around 9:30.  We need 2-3 people on March 8, a Thursday. This will be the day when we start to work on the sale plants. 9:30 or so is a good start time for this event. 

As always, contact me if you are available. We begin @ 9:30 and work until 12:30 or so. Lunch @ the Cafe is always an option. 
For those of you who are new:

 We park in the Phipps lot off Frew St. Ext. after  leaving a sign on our dashboard that indicates we are volunteers. From the parking lot, it is a short walk up a driveway to the production greenhouses. We begin at 9:30 and typically are finished by 12:30 with a break during our session. We often take time for lunch at the Cafe.

In the rare event that there is no parking in that area, just park in the front of the Conservatory, in the visitors’ lot around the statue. If you need to do this, do NOT put a note on your dashboard that you are volunteering!  There is usually parking on the driveway to the greenhouses. The road is narrow so, one side only and close to the curb. 

If you are interested in volunteering with us or just want more information, contact me at 412-367-1556 or email:

We look forward to seeing you.

Nancy Kline


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