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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.

July, 2022


Pfun at Phipps is part of P-OSI (the Phipps-Orchid Society Initiative) whose mission is to develop and maintain a Signature Orchid Collection at Phipps, as well as the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection, a living museum of Slipper Orchids. The Memo of Understanding, stating the goals and responsibilities of Phipps and the OSWP, is near completion and will cover the next five years. P-OSI/Pfun is an invaluable partnership for both organizations and its members. While the OSWP and Phipps have worked together since the OSWP’s founding in 1954, P-OSI started in earnest in 2011.

While repotting is our main work with Pfun at Phipps, we are now starting our P-OSI work, doing the inventory of the Phipps orchid collection. So, we will be doing both during the last two weeks of July and into August and September. We are going to Phipps most Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30AM – 12:30PM plus a few extra days. Inventory takes a long time.

(If it’s your first visit, you must stop in at the Volunteer Office with proof of vaccination and ID and sign a photo re- lease. All of the volunteers are required to wear masks at Phipps.)

If you would like to join our Pfun/P-OSI efforts and haven’t previously signed up with us, please let us know at the email addresses below. We are using 4 members each date, with at least one being a more experienced grower.

Thanks and looking forward to working and learning together.

PS: Phipps Summer Flower Show: Monet in Bloom. 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