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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 11, 2013, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension will present a special Summer Short Course with nationally renowned garden designer, writer and lecturer David Culp 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 ranging from layered gardens and natives for the home landscape to growing the best plants for shade.

Summer Short Course includes coffee, 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 July 1. After this date, there will be no refunds.

2013 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 Layered Garden
Learn how to recreate the majestic displays at David Culp’s beloved Brandywine Cottage with basic lessons on layering. During this lecture, David will show you how to choose the right plants for the right place through better understanding of growth habits and seasonal change; offer tips on optimal design, and provide key maintenance tips. To illustrate his points, he will also take you on a virtual tour of his celebrated garden and share his list of signature plants for all four seasons.

10:45 a.m. – noon
Natives for the Home Landscape
At this session, David will better acquaint you with some of our region’s native plants, focusing on specific species, selections and cultivars that will help you maintain a sustainable landscape that thrives in harmony with nature. Covering new and underused varieties, he will also give instruction on what to use where in different areas of your garden throughout the seasons.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch and book sale

1 – 2:15 p.m.
Shade Gardening
Shade gardens are some of the most rewarding natural spaces you can cultivate. As part of this lecture, David will share their many pleasures, as well as design ideas and practical mechanics for cultivation. He will also reveal his favorite plants for a spectacular four-season shade 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’ Landscape & Garden Design, Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes certificate programs.  

Meet the Instructor

David Culp is the creator of Brandywine Cottage — a renowned garden in Downington, Pennsylvania, included in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens, and regularly highlighted by Martha Stewart Living and HGTV. An expert on perennials and garden layering, David teaches courses at Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia, has developed the Brandywine Hybrid strain of hellebores, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal for his vast knowledge of snowdrops.

Additionally, David has been writing and lecturing nationally for more than 15 years, with articles in publications like Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening and Green Scene. He is a former contributing editor for Horticulture magazine as well, and has recently authored The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage (Timber Press).

The current vice president of Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut, David has also served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society, and is a recipient of both the Distinguished Garden Award and an Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Photos © John Bryer



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