A Cypripedium Survey reminder was sent to Cyp experts all over the world who haven’t replied as of yet.  We have seven and hope to have one or two more reply.  Then we will compile the  data to know the most important Cyp hybrids and species for our Cypripedium Wish List for the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection, Phipps’ Living Museum of Slipper Orchids.

Beginning on June 23rd, the P-OSI teams are studying the new Phipps orchid collection inventory to see how we can help Phipps update and grow their orchid collection in all ways, to continue to be one of special note.

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:


For more information, contact:

Nancy Kline                                                                                 

Demetria Marsh                                                                                 

July 2019

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.


                                                                                       July and August 2019

There will be no newsletter in August so, check your calendars and find what date works for you.

July dates are Thursday the 18th and Wednesday the 24th.

August dates are Thursday the 8th and Wednesday the 14th. 

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. They are 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. If you find no parking in the areas where we are supposed to park, please park out front, around the statue. If you park there, do NOT put your parking permit on your dashboard.

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. 



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