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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

Summer Flower Show
May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
The whimsical miniature world of Garden Railroad takes center stage at Phipps this summer. With themed railroad displays in multiple exhibit rooms enhanced by unique plantings, interactive features and more, this show will bring the wonder of childhood to visitors of all ages.
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.
Butterfly Forest
April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
Watch as gorgeous butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to soar and glide among colorful, bug-friendly blooms. One may even land on you!
Farmers at Phipps
Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Refresh your food shopping experience! Visit our sustainably managed front lawn to browse organic and Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables and more from local farms.
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Aug. 1, 2014
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.
Jack Buncher Foundation
Free Admission Day
Aug. 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phipps is thrilled to announce that all Conservatory guests will be admitted free of charge on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 thanks to a generous grant from the Jack Buncher Foundation. Join us on this special day to enjoy our Summer Flower Show, Butterfly Forest and Tropical Forest Conservatory.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Aug. 7, 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!
Members-Only Bring a Friend Day
Aug. 11, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On this special day, bring a nonmember guest to experience the serenity and beauty of Phipps free of charge. Just show your membership card at the admissions desk to give someone special a treat to remember!
Red, Ripe and Roasted: Tomato and Garlic Festival
Aug. 24, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate two of western Pennsylvania’s tastiest summer crops at our 10th annual tomato and garlic festival. Our historic front lawn will come alive with delicious food and family fun, including cooking demos, a farmer’s market, kids’ activities, special guests and more. Bring a donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and receive free admission!
Fall Round Up
Sept. 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Friday, 1 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center
Headed to A Fair in the Park? Stop by our Shop in the Park at Phipps Garden Center, where we’ll be hosting a special sale on the patio along with a variety of other local vendors. You’re sure to find unique gifts for the greenest thumb in your life — and something special for yourself!
Garden to Plate Dinner
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Join us for an unforgettable Sunday dinner, a bountiful garden-to-plate feast of fresh, locally grown fare, select wines and special entertainment.
Garden Railroad
Now Open
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you to Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where dinosaurs are brought back to life! Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this can't-miss exhibit is a thrilling adventure for all ages.
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!