We have only one  potting date for October, Thursday the 25th. Looking for 3 volunteers to work @ 9:30 until about 12:30 or so. We have had only one date the past 2 months as Katie is working on the Fall Show. Should return to our normal 2 dates soon.

There are name tags in a box in the beige cabinet in GH 1.  Please take one and add your name. These can be taken home and used when you return. Also helpful in the cafe or the gift shop when you request your 20% discount.

We also have some of our orange ‘Volunteer Parking Permits’ in that same box in that cabinet. Take one if you need one.

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

If you are working @ any other time than Pfun, please let me know your hours.

These figures are reported to Phipps’ volunteer coordinator and they help both OSWP and Phipps.

If you have begun working with Katie in the greenhouses, you can contact her with your availability. Katie would love to hear from you if you have the time, she may have an opportunity for you: kschuller@phipps.conservatory.org

If you have any questions, email me @ nancyk412@gmail.com or call 412-367-1556.

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: nancyk412@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you.

Nancy Kline



Working at Phipps

Phipps Projects

The P-OSI and Pfun people including a few new members, came on individual days to work at Phipps on the Orchid Collection inventory.  The two month effort went well and will help us understand what the collection has, how it’s growing and what we should try to acquire to develop the Phipps Orchid Collection.

Once Katie has the inventory in the database, the P-OSI leaders can see what is needed to help make the collection super special.  If you have ideas, let us know.  The amazing stanhopeas may still be blooming in the exhibition house.  Don’t miss these spectacular orchids that Katie is growing so beautifully.  They are very fragrant!

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                                                                                 

Katie Schuller, Phipps Orchid grower.

September 2018

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.