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.

History of Roman and Italian Gardens | Joshua Beblo

Tuesdays: July 24 and 31; Aug. 7 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

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

With their foundations in ancient Rome, Italian gardens flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beginning in Roman antiquity, examine the design of private outdoor spaces through the Baroque period as influenced by the geographic and social characteristics unique to the Apennine Peninsula. Using numerous drawings and photographs, you will visually tour several villas that represent significant changes in style and design philosophies, from the initial gardens of Roman emperors to those of wealthy merchants and religious leaders. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Plants for Shade and Moist Locations | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, July 21 | 10 a.m. – noon

$20 members | $25 nonmembers (price is per walk)

July 21: Plants for Shade and Moist Locations
Carnegie Mellon University

Objective: To be able to identify plants in a landscape setting
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The best way to learn about new plants is to see them firsthand in the landscape. On each Saturday walk, landscape architecture instructor and eminent plantsman Joshua Beblo will introduce you to dozens of plants. Walks will focus on different themes, and any plants you pass are fair game for identification and discussion. Tune in to the wonderful world of plants all around you. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective; PCH 2.0 | LA CES 2.0

Landscape Construction | Bob Vukich

Wednesdays: July 25; Aug. 1, 8 and 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Objective: To be able to use techniques for building simple and well-designed constructed walls, walks and patios
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Discover the fundamental construction techniques for building features that will withstand the forces of nature, such as yearly freeze and thaw cycles. Learn how to detail, specify for and construct simple walls, paving systems and steps, and discuss garden structures and drainage. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course, and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective. PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Saturday Plant Identification Walks:Plants for Hedges and Borders | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, Aug. 18 | 10 a.m. – noon

$20 members | $25 nonmembers (price is per walk)

Aug. 18: Plants for Hedges and Borders
Sewickley at Way Park

Objective: To be able to identify plants in a landscape setting
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The best way to learn about new plants is to see them firsthand in the landscape. On each Saturday walk, landscape architecture instructor and eminent plantsman Joshua Beblo will introduce you to dozens of plants. Walks will focus on different themes, and any plants you pass are fair game for identification and discussion. Tune in to the wonderful world of plants all around you. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective; PCH 2.0 | LA CES 2.0

Landscape Design III: Design Development | Acadia Klain

Tuesdays: June 19 and 26, July 10 and 17 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To gain the experience and graphic skills needed to complete a master plan
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Landscape Design I and II

Using skills learned in Landscape Design I and II, work through design development to create a master plan. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0