Several OSWP members went to the Annual Paph Forum in Washington, DC, along with Katie Schuller and Julianna Razryadov from Phipps.  We learned from the speakers, talked to the vendors and experts, and Phipps purchased some valuable Slipper Orchids at discounted rates from several vendors.

We also distributed the Cypridedium survey to the Cyp experts and are collecting the survey data, the next step in the development of the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection (BTSOC).

Once the Phipps shows and our own OSWP Orchid show have all happened, the teams will again see how we can help Phipps update their inventory and grow the 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:






 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                                                                                                                                     

January 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.


                                                                                                   April 2019

Now that our show is history, we are back to volunteering with the orchid collection. Two dates for the month of April, Tuesday the 16th and Thursday the 18th.

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:

If you have any questions, email me @ 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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