February 2021

We are still waiting and watching. 

I thought we would be back long ago but Phipps is opening slowly for volunteers. When things do open up, you will be the first to know.

Stay well and in touch.

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. ​

For Phipps OSWP volunteers (from Deb Knorr, Volunteer Coordinator):
The volunteer name tag gets you in for free whether you are volunteering at that time or just visiting. If you are visiting with a guest, you would use the name tag for yourself and a comp pass for the guest. The Admissions Desk has a list of active volunteers. Your name would fall under the umbrella of “Orchid Society volunteers”. With your name tag, you receive the 20% discount at the gift shop. However, the cafe discount is only 
available on the day you volunteer. If you are a volunteer but don't have a name tag, we can work on that when we return.