No Posi for December

Katie, the orchid grower at Phipps, welcomes our insights regarding their inventory and culture.  To help with that, our P-OSI team leaders will help with and study the most current inventory and visit Phipps to give recommendations and reasons for what to acquire by purchase, trade or donation (accession) plus general cultural tips.

Katie would welcome very specific cultural adjustments for specific groups of orchids.  So, IF YOU ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE SPECIFIC CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS OF A GROUP OF ORCHIDS AND HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL GROWING AND BLOOMING THEM, PLEASE LET US KNOW.  Our email addresses and phone numbers are below.  Then we will help set up a time with Katie for you to go to Phipps, share your ideas and see what might be feasible for them to improve that particular culture.  Some examples:  Cypripediums (native and not), cooler orchids (miltoniopsis, odonts, dendrobiums and more), Phrag. kovachii and hybrids, Phrag. caudatum and hybrids, Phrag. besseae and hybrids, highlight, multi-floral paphs,  et al. The only times in the next few months that Katie cannot meet because of show set ups: first two weeks in October and from 11/13 – Thanksgiving.

 All of these efforts will help us learn, give Katie more insight, help the orchids at Phipps grow to the max and put on a great presentation for all of us and Pittsburgh to enjoy at the orchid exhibition room at Phipps.
The orchid seedling sale at Phipps is happening in the spring!  We’ll keep you posted.

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

December 2017

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.



We will continue our repotting efforts at Phipps Conservatory into December. We have 2 dates, both Thursdays, 7th and 14th. The Winter show is available your viewing after the session.

The Orchid and Bonsai show will begin in January and we are expecting a delivery of orchids from Hawaii. These should arrive very late in December. Expect a call or email to come help unpack these tropical beauties.

Something new: If you are interested in working with the orchids @ Phipps and are not available on the dates that are listed for Pfun, you can make arrangements with Katie Schuller to come @ other times (weekdays only). This is for those of you who are knowledgable about orchids and have some familiarity with the growing area @ Phipps. Call or email me and we can talk about particulars.

A comment about winter weather: We come from various areas and sometimes the weather can be a deterrent. We do not want anyone one out in weather that they do not feel comfortable driving in.  Please call me and cancel if you are in that situation.

Good news: Phipps has a new Volunteer Coordinator, Deb Knorr.


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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