The Phipps summer show is open and beautiful so we able to meet with Margie, Jennifer and Katie at Phipps. 

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

AND, 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, Dendrobium nobile and hybrids,  et al.  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.

AND IN SEPTEMBER, an orchid seedling sale at Phipps!  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

July 2017

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 in July.

The dates are Tuesday the 11th and Thursday the 27th.

Also, for our Phipps volunteers: Save the Date:  August 17th, @ 6pm at the Conservatory for the annual volunteer appreciation event. Anyone who has volunteered at Phipps during the past year will receive an invitation for the member and a guest.

For those of you who are new:

It is getting warmer so dress accordingly but NO sandals please. 

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


Pfun at Phipps

Georgia Wahl,

Phipp's Orchid Grower

Working at Phipps

Phipps Projects