Phipps is dedicated to bringing nationally recognized speakers to our world-class facility to help enrich our region and further our mission. These special events will keep you at the forefront of your field of interest and connected to like-minded individuals. You'll be amazed at what you can learn in a day at the gardens.

For more details about our programs, or to receive personalized class recommendations from our helpful staff, please feel free to contact us at edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Summer Short Course with Noel Kingsbury

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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

Online registration is now closed; the remaining spaces will be available for registration by phone Wednesday only, (412) 441-4442 ext. 3925, or on-site Thursday morning.

Location
All programs will be held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Conservatory address is:
One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213

 

Schedule
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Registration | Coffee | Book Sale
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome

9:30- 10:45 a.m. New Ways with Perennials | Noel Kingsbury
The way perennials have been used in gardens and landscapes has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Noel Kingsbury, well-known as a promotor of naturalistic planting, looks at the diverse, colourful and long-season plantings used by designers such as Piet Oudolf and university-based researchers who are busy creating recipes for sustainable planting mixes. Noel looks at how feasible these perennial combinations are for domestic gardeners.

10:45 – 11 a.m. – Coffee Break

11 - 12:15 p.m. Small Gardens: How to make them great! | Leslie Kaplan, Rush Creek Design
Small gardens, or small areas of larger gardens, offer interesting challenges. The balance between hardscaping and plants is crucial, and plant selection can make or break the success of the space. Small gardens offer the opportunity to observe deeply, and both detail and simplicity become important. See some examples of small spaces and how the owners have solved problems and created delightful, enjoyable gardens.

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Book Sale

1:15 - 2:30 pm Contemporary Garden Designers | Noel Kingsbury
A look at the wide and inspirational range of work being produced by contemporary garden designers in a number of different countries. There is an emphasis on plants and on ideas which can be implemented at home. Unashamedly gossipy!

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

 

Meet the Instructors
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 Phipps' adult education and Master Gardener programs.

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 on planting design. He has worked with Prof. Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on 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.

 

ALSO: Limited Capacity Half-Day Workshop: The Long Term Performance of Perennials, July 20, 2018. More information and registration here.

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 note this where indicated on the registration page.

Questions can be sent to edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

 

Continuing Education Credits
This conference counts as a 3.75 hours for 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.

Limited Capacity Half Day Workshop: The Long Term Performance of Perennials | Noel Kingsbury

Friday, July 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Phipps Outdoor Gardens

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

Online registration is now closed; the remaining spaces will be available for registration by phone Wednesday only, (412) 441-4442 ext. 3925, or on-site Thursday morning.

The Long Term Performance of Perennials
a.k.a. "The Rabbit's Eye View"

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.

 

Meet the Instructor

Noel Kingsbury
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 on planting design. He has worked with Prof. Nigel Dunnett, of the University of Sheffield on the first book in English on 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.