Phipps won the BEST OPEN EXHIBIT at our OSWP show, a tribute to Katie Schuller, Phipps orchid grower, Jennifer Davit, Phipps curator, and all the fine support from Phipps and the Pfun and P-OSI people. 
Phipps has received several valuable Slipper donations in the past few months.  The Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection continues to grow thanks to the generosity of orchidists around the world.
Once the Phipps shows have all been built, the P-OSI teams will again meet with Phips and see how we can help Phipps grow their entire 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

April 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.


​We have one potting date for April, Thursday, the 26th.  Looking for 3 volunteers to work that day @ 9:30.

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

The 2 April dates of the orchid portion of the “used bulb and orchid sale” have been cancelled due to a total sell-out on the first sale date.

If you are interested in helping @ May Market this year on May 11 or 12, please contact laura schoch.  She will be selling a few orchids, pots and orchid media @ the Phipps Tropical Tent. Please recall that there are no parking arrangements so you are on your own to find a spot.

If you have begun working with Katie in the greenhouses, you can contact her with your availability. There is only the one Pfun date but Katie would love to hear from you if you have the time, she may have an opportunity for you:

​​Thanks for your help.

Nancy Kline

 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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