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.

Hardscape in Design | Colleen Ramsay Hoesch and Sara Thompson, LA

Wednesdays: Feb. 13, 20, 27 (Snow date: Mar. 6) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To use hardscape effectively as an integral part of a landscape design
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Suggested Text: Walks, Walls and Patios: Plan, Design and Build by the editors of Creative Homeowner® (available for purchase online)

Hardscape defines a space and adds dimension and ornamentation, so it must be considered in the overall design process. Learn the basics of material selection, construction and drainage, as well as tips for working with contractors. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Mondays: March 4, 11, 18 and 25, April 1 and 8 (Snow date: April 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

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

Soil Ecology | Walter Jarosh

Tuesdays: March 26, April 2, 9 and 16 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To understand soil’s role in the garden and to learn to modify it for successful gardening
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Healthy soil and the beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms it harbors provide the foundation for optimal plant growth and development. Learn about the physical properties of soils, best management practices, and soil tests and fertilizers. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Landscape Design II: Principles of Design | Acadia Klain

Thursdays: April 4, 11 and 18 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field trip: Thurs., April 25 | 6 – 8 p.m.

$110 members | $130 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To understand and begin to apply the principles of aesthetics and design — including form, scale, rhythm, axis, color and texture — to landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: Landscape Graphics, Landscape Design I

Learn design principles in both two and three dimensions and reinforce your knowledge with exercises. Analyze the use of these design concepts in landscapes by examining slides, photos and magazines, and participating in a field trip. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; PCH 10.0 | LA CES 10.0

History of Chinese and Japanese Gardens | Joshua Beblo

Mondays: April 8, 15 and 22 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field trip: Sat., April 27 | Time: TBD

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be conversant in the history and design elements of Chinese and Japanese gardens
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Chinese and Japanese gardens are designed to connect with nature on a spiritual level, providing tranquility and subtle beauty. Examine these two distinct styles of Asian gardens through design theories, religious beliefs, symbolism and natural building materials. Survey many authentic examples through images, plans and readings, and learn various methods and techniques to include these elements in the home landscape. Venture outside of the classroom on a field trip on Sat., April 27. Travel will be required; details will be announced in class. Sustainable Horticulture Certificate and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; LA CES 8.0 | PCH 8.0

Fragrant Plants for the Landscape | Leslie Kaplan

Wed., April 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use a wide variety of fragrant plants effectively in the home landscape
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Learn about the plants suitable for our area that can take your garden’s impact to the next level with fragrance. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 2.0 | LA CES 2.0

Hydrangeas | Leslie Kaplan

Tues., April 23 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$22 members | $27 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to effectively select, plant, prune and care for hydrangeas
Prerequisite: None
Level: Beginner to intermediate

Discover how easy it is to have hydrangea blooms all summer long! Learn when to prune and how to get that amazing pink, blue or purple color. We will cover the following topics: culture, pruning, use in your landscape, new varieties and unusual cultivars. Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 2.0 | LA CES 2.0

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

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Mondays: Jan. 14, 21 and 28, Feb. 4, 11 and 18 (Snow date: Feb. 25) | 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

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