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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



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Feb. 6 and 13, 2015; 5 – 10 p.m.
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Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
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Tropical Sundays
Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees, sway to music of Matthew Mazza and Carmen Bruno of the Tropical Sands Steel Band, and taste tropical fruit.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Feb. 5, 2015
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
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Opens Feb. 7, 2015
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Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be among the first to see our new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit as our guest at a special opening celebration. Family-friendly activities include a storytelling performance, African-inspired food sampling, cultural crafts and a pot-a-plant station — all free with Phipps admission.
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
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Hothouse Happy Hours
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
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Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
Join Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland to swap seeds and plants, learn tips and get ready for a great season of gardening. Bring seeds you saved from last year and take home an exciting selection to grow in your garden this year. Admission is free to the public.
Garden Railroad
Closes March 1, 2015
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.