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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.

Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape

Dates: Monday, Sept. 8 and 29; Oct. 20
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Joshua Beblo
Objective: To be able to identify the characteristics, needs and landscape uses of a variety of native woody plants
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design suggested but not required
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will gain proficiency in identifying characteristics of native woody plants by surveying taxonomic features such as growth habits, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements. Along with acquiring knowledge of these attributes, students will also learn the importance of site placement in creating ecologically informed landscape designs.

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

Native Plant Landscapes core course, and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

Invasive Plants

Dates: Monday, Sept.15 and 22; Oct. 6
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Annette Paluh
Objective: To be able to identify invasive exotic species and know the proper methods for successfully eradicating them
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Invasive exotic plants are a matter of great concern for both homeowners and gardening and landscaping professionals: They disrupt native flora and not only threaten Pennsylvania woodlands but also residential properties, parks and unmanaged urban sites. This course will cover the identification of local invasive plants, effective control methods, and suggestions for native alternatives.

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 elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

Identifying Non-Flowering Plants

Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 13
Time: Wednesday, 7 - 9 p.m. | Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Poremski
Objective: To be able to identify a wide variety of non-flowering plants
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 55 members; $80 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park and Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve

Students in this course will learn how to identify plants that do not have showy flowers to serve as identity clues, providing an opportunity for participants to become familiar with ferns and mosses, and increase the number of plants that they can name on nature hikes.

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

Native Plant Landscapes, Landscape and Garden Design, and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 5.0 | LA CES 5.0

Landscape Design III: Design Development

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 ** Please note class dates. The print catalog contains a misprint.
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Acadia Klain
Objective: To gain the experience and graphic skills needed to complete a master plan
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design I, Landscape Design II
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Utilizing skills learned in Landscape Design I and II, students will work through design development to create a master plan. Participants will need to bring the following to the first class: an engineer’s scale, straight edge triangles (45° and 30°-60°-90°), mechanical pencils (one soft and one hard lead), a chisel point black marker, an extra fine point black Sharpie® marker, and a small roll of tracing paper (bum wad).

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Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Basic Horticulture

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 18 and 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; Nov. 6 (Make-up date: Nov. 13)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Werner
Objective: To understand all of the basic concepts and practices related to plant care
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 176 members; $216 non-members
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The study of horticulture includes both the science and the art of growing plants. In this class, students will learn about soils, plant nutrition and environmental factors that affect growth and development. Classroom lecture time will be balanced with hands-on propagation in the Conservatory head house.

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Sustainable Horticulture Certificate core course; PCH 16.0 | LA CES 16.0

Ecology and the Designed Landscape

Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 14 and 21 | Field Trip: Saturday, Oct. 11
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.; Field Trip 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Linda Kramer and John Totten
Objective: To be able to apply the basic concepts of plant ecology and local plant communities to the designed landscape
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

(Formerly known as Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design)

The fields of ecology and landscape architecture grew up together in the late 19th century. Their close alliance was nearly lost in the mid-20th century but has since been rediscovered as interest in ecological landscape design and sustainability has grown. Students in this course will explore the basics of plant ecology and the plant communities of western Pennsylvania and then learn to apply these ideas to the designed landscape. A field trip to a new plant community based landscape will help students see how these principles can be applied.

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

Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course, and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Native Plant and Sustainability Conference

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Instructor: N/ A
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 90 members; $100 non-members
Location: William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as stewards of the Earth. Join us, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, and learn how you can positively impact the environment.

The price of registration, which includes a catered lunch, is $90 for Phipps/OSHER members and $100 for nonmembers on or before Oct. 11; the cost increases by $15 after this date. Please register in advance by visiting phipps.conservatory.org and selecting “Classes and Programs” or by calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925. This conference will be held at the William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lectures

Looking at the Layered Landscape: Rick Darke will discuss the living layers in local and regional landscapes, both as they naturally occur and as they are modified by humans. This exploration will provide a basis for understanding the essential characteristics of healthy layers and how they can be conserved and enhanced in home gardens and shared landscapes.

Specialized Relationships in Nature: Doug Tallamy will explain how specialized relationships between plants and animals work; why these relationships determine the health of local food webs that support animal diversity; why it is important to restore biodiversity to our residential properties; and what we need to do to make our landscapes function as ecosystems.

Designing and Maintaining the Living Landscape: Rick Darke will illustrate how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in creating and maintaining residential gardens and community landscapes. He will also present detailed strategies for employing organic architecture in building beautiful, highly functional layers.

Speakers

Rick Darke is an author, photographer and design consultant whose work blends art, ecology and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of livable landscapes. He has been featured in publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Gardens Illustrated, and his books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, In Harmony With Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden, The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes, and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition. His latest work, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, was written in collaboration with Doug Tallamy.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles and taught courses for 32 years. Chief among his goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. In 2007, he published Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, a Garden Writer’s Association silver medalist, and in 2014, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was released. Tallamy has also received a Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and a Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence.

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 elective | PCH 3.75 | LA CES 3.75