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Professional Education

As a busy landscaper, you need quality continuing education to stay ahead of the sustainable curve. Our programs, offered in partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County(CCAC), are taught by experts in the field of horticulture, arboriculture, turf management, and forestry. These classes are designed to help landscapers build the skills they need to offer more environmentally-friendly services while taking care of their bottom line. Successful completion of our professional education programming earns attendees a certificate from Phipps, as well as a certificate of attendance from CCAC. Check out our current offerings below.

Natural Turf Management: Healthy Landscapes for Healthy People and Ecosystems

Dates: Tuesday, March 17
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Chip Osborne
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Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 40 members; $40 non-members
Location: Special Events Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Fee: $40 on or before Feb. 24; $50 after Feb. 24

This half-day training with Chip Osborne, a nationally recognized natural turf specialist, is designed for school, municipal, or community managers, turf care professionals, and anyone interested in eliminating synthetic fertilizer and pesticide use on their lawn areas, including athletic fields, park spaces and campus areas. This event is presented in partnership with the Green Building Alliance.

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

About the Speaker

Charles “Chip” Osborne, Jr., founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes through natural turf management, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman, he has first hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides routinely used in landscape and horticultural industry. Personal experience led him to believe there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation led him to become one of the country’s leading experts on growing sustainable, natural turf.

Along the path to greening his own industry practices, Chip became a regular lecturer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, a board member of Beyond Pesticides, Chairman of the Marblehead, Massachusetts’ Recreation and Parks Department, and speaker nationwide on the topic of turf management for athletic fields and landscapes. He speaks to a wide audience of sports field professionals, state and municipal agencies, and community groups. In 1998 Chip and Pat Beckett, co-founded The Living Lawn Project in Marblehead, MA, one of the country’s first natural lawn demonstration sites. It is a nationally-recognized, living example that beautiful, healthy grass can be grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. He remains a dedicated environmental activist speaker for communities wanting to learn about why and how to change their town policies.