The objective of the Landscape and Garden Design Certificate program is to prepare students to apply basic design principles and techniques in creating beautiful, environmentally responsible landscapes. Utilizing graphic skills and plant knowledge, students will work through the design process to develop a presentation plan.

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.

Planting for Fall Color | Leslie Kaplan

Sat., Oct. 20 | 1 – 3 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To be able to use plants that will bring fall color to the home landscape
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Don’t let the cool fall weather and shorter days turn your garden into a pumpkin — extend the beauty of your garden by including plants that shine in the autumn. Plant-addict Leslie Kaplan will share her favorites. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; LA CES 2.0

Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation | Michele McCann

Thursdays: Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and 15 | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Field work: Sat., Oct. 27 | 9 a.m. – noon

$200 members | $220 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to complete a site inventory and analysis and create a conceptual diagram for a preselected site
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: Landscape Graphics [PLEASE NOTE: Landscape Graphics is required before Landscape Design I.]

Explore practical aspects of the landscape design process, including site documentation, client interviews and program development. Develop a site inventory, analysis and conceptual diagram. Space is limited to eight participants; early registration is encouraged. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; LA CES 10.0

Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation | Michele McCann

Mondays: Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and 19 | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Field work: Sat., Nov. 3 | 9 a.m. – noon

$200 members | $220 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to complete a site inventory and analysis and create a conceptual diagram for a preselected site
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: Landscape Graphics [PLEASE NOTE: Landscape Graphics is required before Landscape Design I.]

Explore practical aspects of the landscape design process, including site documentation, client interviews and program development. Develop a site inventory, analysis and conceptual diagram. Space is limited to eight participants; early registration is encouraged. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; LA CES 10.0

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Thursdays: Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Oct. 4 and 11 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$205 members | $235 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use basic freehand and drafting techniques to produce legible drawings of landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: This course is the prerequisite to Landscape Design I – IV

In the field, designers rely on graphics to develop and communicate ideas. Working with pencil, practice freehand and mechanical drawing techniques while learning about lettering, sheet layout, title blocks, concept drawing, colored renderings and presentation plan graphics. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; LA CES 12.0

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Landscape Graphics class.

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Mondays: Sept. 10, 17 and 24, Oct. 1, 8 and 15 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$205 members | $235 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use basic freehand and drafting techniques to produce legible drawings of landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: This course is the prerequisite to Landscape Design I – IV

In the field, designers rely on graphics to develop and communicate ideas. Working with pencil, practice freehand and mechanical drawing techniques while learning about lettering, sheet layout, title blocks, concept drawing, colored renderings and presentation plan graphics. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; LA CES 12.0

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Landscape Graphics class.

Perennials for a Sustainable Landscape | Leslie Kaplan

Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field Day: Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. - noon (Rain date: Oct. 6)

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To become proficient in identifying a wide variety of perennials and know of their cultural requirements and landscape uses
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Perennials have unlimited value in the garden, whether they are planted in beds, used as accents around a mailbox or added to mixed borders. A garden with perennials is always changing as different ones come into bloom. Beautiful, exciting and challenging — perennial gardening is all of these and more. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; LA CES 8.0