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Homegrown Challenges

Photo credit: Adam Milliron

Photo credit: Adam Milliron

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is excited to introduce Homegrown Challenges, to help you and your family grow food, eat locally and live sustainably, no matter how much (or how little) outdoor space you have. 

What are Homegrown Challenges?

From April through September, follow along and learn about a new garden theme each month by doing fun activities for the whole family.  Each month you’ll see four types of activities you can do, falling under categories: taste, garden, visit, or make.  Pick your favorite, try a different one each month, or do them all!  Then let us know for a chance at great prizes.

How do I participate?

When you complete a challenge activity, make sure you take a photo of you in action to send to us.*  Each month there will be a drawing for two prizes- you could win four free passes to Phipps Conservatory, or a prize related to the theme.  Complete six challenges and come to a special event at Phipps Conservatory for free!  That’s an average of one per month, but you can jump in at any time (event to be held in October 2014, details TBD).

Completed challenges should be sent to, and include your name, a photo of the activity, which activity you completed, and anything else you’d like to tell us about your experience with the challenges.

Who can participate?

Anyone!  Homegrown Challenges can be completed by everyone, but they are particularly geared towards those who interact with children: parents, caregivers, daycare centers, etc.

Check back each month for the new challenges, and links to helpful resources and posts. 

April Challenge: Try Something New

May Challenge: Encourage Pollinators

June Challenge: Reduce Waste

July Challenge: Embrace the Power of Sun and Rain

August Challenge: Share the Bounty

September Challenge: Think Ahead

*By submitting an image, each user agrees Phipps shall have a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the image submitted (including all rights embodied therein) and that Phipps, and their respective designees may edit, modify, post, creative derivatives work of and distribute the image and all elements of such image, including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including for advertising and marketing, without compensation or notification to, or permission from, entrant or any third party. Credit to photographers will be printed in any and all use cases. Phipps does not guarantee the posting of any image and reserves the right to take down any image at any time.


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