Thurs., July 19; 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Summer Short Course with Noel Kingsbury

Join Phipps and Penn State Extension for a full day of exploring landscape design and creativity with garden writer Noel Kingsbury.

This year's edition of our popular Summer Short Course will highlight the creative possibilities of landscape design, making it a unique addition to our dynamic adult education program.

About the Speakers

Noel Kingsbury is a British garden designer and writer on gardening, plant sciences and related topics. He is best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design in gardens and designed landscapes, and his collaboration with Dutch garden and landscape designer Piet Oudolf on books about planting design. He has worked with Prof. Nigel Dunnett of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on the topic of green roof and related 'green architecture' technologies.  Kingsbury earned a doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2009, for a thesis on the long term performance of ornamental herbaceous vegetation.

Leslie Kaplan is a Pittsburgh based garden designer and the owner of Rush Creek Garden Design.  Since 1995 Leslie has been helping clients with projects that range from choosing the right tree to shade the patio to multi-year garden implementation plans.  She is a passionate plant person and teaches plant identification, design and horticulture classes through the Phipps adult education and master gardening programs. 

Course Schedule

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Registration, Coffee and Book Sale

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

New Ways with Perennials with Noel Kingsbury

10:45 – 11 a.m.

Coffee Break

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Small Gardens: How to make them great! with Leslie Kaplan

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Book Sale

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Contemporary Garden Designers with Noel Kingsbury

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks


Limited Capacity Half-Day Workshop: The Long Term Performance of Perennials: 'The Rabbit's Eye View'

Fri., July 20 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Phipps Outdoor Garden

How long will plants survive? Will they spread? Will they seed? This half-day garden-based workshop aims at encouraging participants to observe garden and landscape plants, primarily but not exclusively perennials, focusing on their growth through the year, looking at how they compete with each other, how to assess prospects for their longevity and their suitability for a variety of garden locations.

This Summer Short Course is presented to you by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension. Reservations are required in advance, so sign up today online or by phone at 412/441-4442, ext. 3925.

Summer Short Course (July 19) registration costs $95 on or before Wed., June 27. Afterward, the cost is $105.

Register for Short Course

Half-Day Workshop (July 20) registration costs $75 on or before Wed., June 27. Afterward, the cost is $85. 

Register for Workshop

Short Course registration includes morning coffee and light breakfast items, as well as a lunch buffet with vegetarian and gluten free options. If you have additional dietary requests, please contact us to ensure we can meet your needs. All programs will be held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. This conference counts as 3.75 hours for a Master Gardener Continuing Education credit, and 3.75 elective hours for Phipps certificate programs: Sustainable, Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design.CEU credits for PCH and LA CES are pending; please inquire for more information. In order to receive a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee, you must cancel by Thurs., July 12. After this date, there will be no refunds.

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