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Join us for the chance to learn from one of the nation’s leading garden experts at a special one-day course.

On July 10, 2014, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension will present a special Summer Short Course with nationally renowned garden designer, writer and lecturer Niki Jabbour at historic Botany Hall on our Oakland campus. Ideal for both professional and home gardeners, this day of lively and informative lectures will cover topics related to homegrown vegetable gardening, including how to make your edible garden as super-productive as it is beautiful.

Summer Short Course includes coffee, a catered lunch and all lectures at the cost of $85 per person before June 15 and $95 after with a limited number of spots open to university students for $50. Please register in advance by calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925 or emailing sbertovich@phipps.conservatory.org.

Cancellation Policy: In order to receive a refund, less a $10 administration fee, please cancel by June 30. After this date, there will be no refunds.

2014 Summer Short Course Schedule

All sessions are held in Botany Hall on the Phipps campus at One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa.

8:30 – 9 a.m.
Registration, coffee and book sale

9 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
The Super-Productive Vegetable Garden
As part of this fun and informative presentation, Niki will spotlight easy, yet productive techniques to boost yield in a home garden. These include intensive planting, succession planting, inter-planting, vertical gardening and season extending. She will also share some of her top vegetables and herbs for a high-producing, nonstop garden.

10:45 a.m. – noon
Year-Round Vegetable Gardening
In this session, Niki will share insight from her bestselling book The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, offering an overview of gardening techniques that have turned her May to September garden into a year-round food factory! She will also spotlight her favorite season extenders, such as mulch, mini hoop tunnels, cold frames and row covers, as well as her top vegetable and herb picks for the cold season.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch and book sale

1 – 2:15 p.m.
Groundbreaking Food Gardens
For this dynamic talk, Niki will demonstrate just how easy it is to grow more food by sharing techniques and designs for gardens that supply a long season of homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs, while showcasing the beauty of edible gardens. She will also offer ideas for a year-round salad garden, a gourmet potted patio, a fairytale garden for kids, a pollinator plot and even a cocktail garden! 

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Final notes

This course counts for 3.0 hours of continuing education for American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) programs. It is also an elective for Phipps’ Sustainable Horticulture certificate program.

Meet the Instructor

Niki Jabbour is a prolific garden writer whose work appears nationally in newspapers and magazines, including Fine Gardening, Horticulture and The Heirloom Gardener. Also an accomplished author, Niki won a 2012 American Horticultural Society Book Award for The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener — a debut work that has garnered readership across North America, as well as in the U.K., New Zealand and Australia. Her newest book, Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans that Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden, was released by Storey Publishing in March 2014 and features a wide assortment of garden plans incorporating fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and more.

Niki is also the host of “The Weekend Gardener,” a call-in radio show now in its eighth year on the air. To discover more about Niki, and to follow her gardening adventures, visit her blog at yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.com.

Photos © Joseph De Sciose and Niki Jabbour



Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Fall Flower Show
Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
In celebration of the harvest season and its changing hues, this colorful exhibit showcases beautiful chrysanthemums, vibrant foliage and other festive flowers as tiny trains wind their way through many of the Conservatory’s display rooms.
Wines Under Glass
Oct. 30, 2014
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Join masked revelers and friends for select wine, cuisine and specialty cocktails as we celebrate the success of Tropical Forest India, our gorgeous Fall Flower Show, and Phipps’ many pacesetting firsts.
Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
6 and 7:30 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season with two of Pittsburgh's most treasured traditions. Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to enjoy the botanical delights of Phipps and vignettes from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s rendition of The Nutcracker on the very same night. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance!
Garden Railroad
Ongoing
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.
Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
Ongoing
Last year, he wowed thousands with his inimitable odor, and this year, he’s back with an amazing new look. After 10 dormant months, Romero has produced an enormous leaf to collect energy for his next big bloom. Visit the Tropical Forest Conservatory to see his transformation firsthand.
Members-Only:
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, November – December 2014
Next Tour Nov. 1, 2014
11 a.m. – noon
Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
Phipps’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. This year’s program pairs an entomologist with a landscape designer to help illuminate how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling several important ecological functions.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Nov. 6, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network of creative minds meeting monthly to discuss strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. Join the conversation!
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Nov. 7, 2014
Featuring Wigle Whiskey

7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
Gather your friends and get ready to dine, drink and dance the night away at Phipps! Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
Nov. 8, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Explore the history and future of Phipps with Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini at this edition of our members-only Peek Behind the Petals series. This event is free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or members@phipps.conservatory.org.
Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2014, plus Nov. 28 and Dec. 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.
Gifts and Greens Market
Dec. 4 – 6, 2014
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public, this special holiday shopping tradition at Phipps Garden Center is sure to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this season.
Saturdays with the Sugar Plum Fairy
Sat., Dec. 6 and 13, 2014
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Phipps and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre are pleased to present Saturdays with the Sugar Plum Fairy, 30-minute creative movement dance classes and story time sessions with a dancer in costume. Activities are free with Conservatory admission and appropriate for comfortably-dressed children of all ages.
Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of engaging educational activities, all free with the price of admission, these special days at the Conservatory are filled with adventure and fun.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, featuring a variety of activities for children, we will welcome 2015 with an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. so that everyone can join in the fun.
Tropical Forest India
Now Open
Explore our new exhibit showcasing one of the most botanically rich regions of the world. Highlights include an Ayurvedic healing garden, spice and tea market displays, a stunning temple facade on Special Events Hall, and more!