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Sustainable Horticulture

Earn a certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and learn to apply basic techniques for designing aesthetically pleasing, environmentally responsible landscapes.

Landscape Construction

Dates: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joel Perkovich
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location:

Saturday, April 26 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$66 members | $96 nonmembers
Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To be able to use techniques for building simple and well-designed constructed walls, walks and patios
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite:None

In this class covering the fundamental construction techniques for building features that will withstand the forces of nature, such as yearly freeze and thaw cycles, students will learn how to detail, specify for and construct simple walls, paving systems, garden structures, steps, fences and more. Sustainable Horticulture elective, and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course

This class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Annuals, Biennials and Bulbs

Dates: Monday, May 12 and 19; June 2 and 9
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Dave Buresch
Objective: To become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape use of a wide variety of hardy annuals, biennials and bulbs that thrive in western Pa.
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Although short-lived, annuals are great fillers, providing color and lasting blooms; biennials, which come in many interesting varieties, often re-seed like perennials; and unique, even tender, bulbs can add an element of delight to landscapes and beds. Students in this course will explore the benefits of all three. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 8.0

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture certificate elective

Botany for Gardeners

Dates: Wednesday, May 21 and 28; June 4, 11 and 18; July 2, 9 and 16
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Linda K. Johnson
Objective: To be able to understand the science behind good gardening practices
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 176 members; $216 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Why do some seeds germinate and others fail? Why should flowers be cut early in the morning? What are the effects of insect and fungi attacks? In this course, students will get a fascinating look at how plants grow, exploring botanical principles and topics such as plants and their importance to humankind; stems, leaves and roots; performance factors; reproduction; and fruits and flowers. Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course; PCH 16.0 | LA CES 16.0

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course

Green Roof Tour: Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Dates: Tuesday, June 10 (Rain date: June 17)
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Instructor: James Stockdale
Objective: To be able to become familiar with the plants on the Center for Sustainable Landscapes green roof and how they support Phipps’ design principles
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 15 members; $20 non-members
Location: Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

On this tour, students will become familiar with and discover the importance of the native plants featured on the green roof, and see an example of permaculture in action as they explore how the space functions, captures water for reuse, and is sustainably maintained. Participants will also have the chance to observe plant and animal interactions, and find out more about beneficial insects and symbiotic relationships. Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 1.5 | LA CES 1.5

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Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective

Woody Plants I: Shrubs

Dates: Tuesday, June 24; July 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Leslie Kaplan
Objective: To be able to become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape use of a wide variety of hardy shrubs that perform well in western Pa.
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 110 members; $150 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park (first two classes), Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (second two classes), plus field trip

Woody plants form the backbone of the garden, and shrubs (a multi-stemmed variety) provide four-season interest in unlimited forms. In this course, students will learn about their limitless possibilities. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 10.0 | LA CES 10.0

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective

Gardening in the Shade

Dates: Wednesday, June 25 and Saturday, June 28
Time: 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday; 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturday
Instructor: Leslie Kaplan
Objective: To be able to appreciate, select and situate appropriate plants for shade
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 44 members; $66 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, plus field trip

Shade gardens provide peaceful retreats where the simplicity and elegance of plants can be highlighted. Students in this course will learn to combine forms, foliage textures and variegation to make a garden come alive. Different types of shade, and the kinds of annuals, perennials and shrubs that thrive in such conditions, will also be covered, along with tried and true varieties, and newer cultivars. Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design elective; PCH 4.0

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Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Natural Gardening Practices

Dates: Thursday, Aug. 7, 14 and 21
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Roos
Objective: To develop an understanding of current environmentally friendly horticultural practices that result in the creation of healthy, attractive landscapes
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Current research-based horticultural practices provide a solid foundation for growing successful sustainable gardens. Students in this course will learn how to select and install native plants, ensuring the right specimens are chosen for the right places. Soil preparation and organic amendments, proper planting and mulching, effective watering and maintenance, integrated pest management and biological controls, pollinator-friendly practices, and control of invasive species will also be covered. Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course; PCH 4.0

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course