Tour of Phipps Orchid Show

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Meeting Time: 2:15pm
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps
1059 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Speaker: Katie Schuller


Greetings ! 

The program for our Sunday, February 16th meeting is going to be exciting as Orchid Manager at Phipps, Katie Schuller  (and OSWP member) welcomes us back to Phipps.  A short presentation is being prepared so we can showcase some amazing Orchids in the collection. 


The Meeting will be held at BOTANY HALL AT PHIPPS CONSERVATORY,  a small historic building between the conservatory (lily ponds) and Panther Hollow Bridge by the small statue of Robert Burns. 

START TIME: 2PM.  There will be a short business meeting filled with our own show preparations, a little show and tell (your orchid plants must stay in Botany Hall) and the presentation of some special Orchids in the Phipps collection.  As with other years, Katie has had an integral role in the preparation and setup of this year’s Phipps Orchid Show.  This year’s show theme is titled “Out of This World”, which opened Jan. 18 and continues through March 8.  She collaborated with some of our society members to make the show beautiful and interesting.  After the presentation, we will have a short refreshment break and then we are permitted to visit the orchid growing (production) houses (where there will be a few orchids for sale for low prices /( CASH or CHECK only) and you are free to enjoy the beautiful orchid show at Phipps. 

We will have members that can guide you to the production houses from Botany Hall if needed.  Internally, there are some steps.  If you go around the outside, it is level or has elevators. The conservatory closes at 5PM.  Our thanks to Phipps for allowing us entrance to the Orchid Show and production houses in conjunction with our meeting. Enter Botany Hall by the front outside door by Panther Hollow Bridge.  We will be in the auditorium on the main floor.

Parking is available on the public streets and around the large statue at the entrance to the conservatory itself.  Facing the conservatory by the other bridge (closer to Carnegie Library) on the right is a drive that goes down the hill to the back. You may park there as well.  The street name is: FREW STREET EXT.  If you have handicap parking and need assistance that day, please call my cell phone and be there by 1:30.  We will park your car if the few spots at the entrance to Botany Hall are taken.  (If you are there early and can walk, please do not use those parking spots at the entrance to BH.)  

Cheers!  Looking forward to the meeting!

Mini Class: January 19, 2020, 1:30pm

Carolyn Bolton has very generously agreed to present a mini- class on exhibiting.
Bring your questions about grooming, trimming , staking, etc. to the January 19 OSWP meeting.

Future Meetings:​
  • February 16, 2020
        Tour of Phipps Orchid Show by Katie Schuller
        Location: Botany Hall at Phipps

  • March 14 - 15, 2020
        OSWP Orchid Show
        Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel

  • April 19, 2020
        Member's Panel
  • May 17, 2020
        Speaker: Edgar Stehli - Windswept in Time
  • June 28, 2020
        Speaker: Jason Fischer
  • July 2020
        Exact date will be announced later

  • August 2020
       No Meeting

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