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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.

May, 2022


Back to work, better known as Pfun at Phipps:


We are now welcome back to help with the orchid collection at Phipps.  We have finished repotting most of the cymbidiums and are moving on to cattleyas or whatever else Giovanny needs.  We are going to Phipps most Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30AM – 12:30PM.  (If it’s your first visit, you must stop in at the Volunteer Office with proof of vaccination and ID and sign a photo release.  All of the volunteers are required to wear masks at Phipps.)


If you would like to join our Pfun efforts and haven’t previously signed up with us, please let us know at the email addresses below.  We are using 3 members each date, with at least one being a more experienced grower.

Our May dates are filled so we would be looking at the Mondays and Thursdays in June.


In the April edition of Helping Hands, the Phipps volunteer newsletter, the Pfun volunteers have pictures plus a mention earlier in the newsletter.  Very special!


Thanks and looking forward to working and learning together.


PS:  Phipps Summer Flower Show: Monet in Bloom opens on May 7th.  Don’t miss it!

P-OSI Team Leaders:

  • Minis
    Tim Choltco, Lori McDermott, Lance Cheuvront, Kim McClellan

  • Vandas/Oncidiums
    Vidki Strod, Jim Yamber

  • Cymbidiums
    Jim Yamber

  • Cattleyas/Epidendrums
    Mike Lysy

  • Dendrobiums
    Raj Popat

  • Slippers
    Michelle Panasiuk, Demetria Marsh


Let us know if you would like to help out when we are able to return to volunteering at Phipps!
We’d love to have you join us!

For more information, contact:

Nancy Kline

Demetria Marsh