Thurs., July 20; 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Summer Short Course with Tovah Martin

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

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

An avid gardener, Tovah Martin has authored many gardening books—most recently The Indestructible Houseplant (2015, Timber Press). Tovah is also a freelance writer, and her articles have appeared in such publications as Martha Stewart Living, O the Oprah magazine, Horticulture Magazine and The Daily Telegraph. In addition to being the 2012 Writer in Residence for the new Victoria Magazine, she is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA, an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and the recipient of their medal for outstanding literary achievement. Tovah can be found at or on Facebook at Plantswise by Tovah Martin.

Jonathan Weber is the farmer-general for greenSinner, a floral and event design workshop focusing on locally and sustainably grown flowers, as well as unusual houseplants and terrariums. Jonathan oversees their cutting garden in Lawrenceville and the development of a 2-acre cut flower farm in Pittsburgh's North Side. 

8:15 – 9 a.m.                       Registration, Coffee and Book Sale
9 – 9:15 a.m.                       Welcome
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.                Gardening for the Five Senses with Tovah Martin
10:40 – 11:10 a.m.              The Modern Terrarium with Jonathan Weber
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      The Unexpected Houseplant with Tovah Martin
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                Lunch, Book Sale and Plant Sale with greenSinner
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.                  Gardening as if the World Depends On Us with Tovah Martin

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 to reserve your spot on our enrollment website or by calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925.

Register Now

Registration is $95 on or before Thurs., June 29. After June 29, it is $105. 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. In order to receive a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee, you must cancel by Thurs., July 13. After this date, there will be no refunds.

This conference counts as 4.25-hours for Master Gardener Continuing Education credit, and 4.25 elective hours for Phipps certificate programs: Native Plant Landscapes, Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design. CEU credits for PCH and LA CES are pending; please inquire for more information.

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