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Native Plants

You can update your knowledge and skills with this certificate program. Learn to identify, select and incorporate native plants in your larger designs and practice.

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

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Dates: Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Sarah Chamberlain
Objective: To be able to identify grasses, sedges and rushes
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 250 members; $280 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, plus field trips

Designed with consultants, natural resource professionals and ecology students in mind, and consisting of both classroom time and fieldwork, this workshop will focus on the development of necessary skills for identifying challenging plant species such as grasses, sedges and rushes. Classroom activities will highlight basic morphology and characteristics of common genera, and demonstrate how to identify plants using simple and complex keys. Slides, overheads and handouts, as well as herbarium and freshly collected field specimens, will also be used to illustrate various plant properties, particularly those that may be hard to identify by using botanical keys. Participants will then visit different habitats in the Pittsburgh area to practice their plant identification skills in the field. Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective; PCH 12.0 | LA CES 14.0

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

Native Plant Landscapes Certificate 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