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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.

October, 2021


Phipps administration is back to their offices at the conservatory full time.  While we are not yet permitted to resume our OSWP volunteer work helping with the Phipps orchid collection via Pfun at Phipps and P-OSI, the orchids are being well taken care of by Gary Worthington.


Great news:  Ben Dunigan has returned to Phipps.  He is now Phipps Collections Manager.  Ben was instrumental in his previous Phipps position in developing P-OSI and the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection as well as our Super Slipper Celebration in 2013.


Phipps Fall Flower Show opens on October 9. Always a wonderful event.  Plus the Orchid Exhibition Room renovations should be finished.  Yay!


Hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to return as volunteers working to repot Phipps orchids, pFun at Phipps, plus our other cultural and inventory work with the Phipps orchid collection, P-OSI.

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