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.

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Full Series | Joshua Beblo

Saturdays: May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. – noon

Full series: $75 members | $85 nonmembers

May 25: Spring Flowers | Highland Park Entrance Gates
June 22: Edible Weeds and Wild Plants | Frick Park Traffic Circle
July 27: Plants for Focal Points | Highland Park Entrance Gates
Aug. 10: Grasses and Perennials for Visual Texture | Mellon Park Entrance on Beechwood Ave.

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
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 in the landscape. 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

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Spring Flowers | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, May 25 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

May 25: Spring Flowers | Highland Park Entrance Gates

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
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 in the landscape. 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

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Edible Weeds and Wild Plants | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, June 22 | 10 a.m. – noon

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

June 22: Edible Weeds and Wild Plants | Frick Park Traffic Circle

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
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 in the landscape. 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

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Plants for Focal Points | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, July 27 | 10 a.m. – noon

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

July 27: Plants for Focal Points | Highland Park Entrance Gates

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
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 in the landscape. 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

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Grasses and Perennials for Visual Texture | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. – noon

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

Aug. 10: Grasses and Perennials for Visual Texture | Mellon Park Entrance on Beechwood Ave.

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
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 in the landscape. 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

Landscape and Garden Design

Art and Landscape Series | Joshua Beblo

Thursdays: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Full series: $132 members | $152 nonmembers

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be well versed in the overlap between landscape and art
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: none

Landscapes have always been a source inspiration for works of art. Explore the varied relationship between art and landscape throughout history. Landscape and Garden Design elective 

May 23 and 30 | Landscape in Art: Focus on the garden’s different representations in several art mediums and how those expressions were sometimes precursors to developments in garden design.

June 6 and 13 | Art in Landscape: Examine how the garden has served as the canvas or base for various individual pieces of art that are best exhibited in those settings. 

June 20 and 27 | Landscape as Art: Investigate how the material components of gardens have been composed or manipulated to form immersive and potentially changing works of art.

Art and Landscape Series: Landscape in Art | Joshua Beblo

Thursdays: May 23 and 30

Two-class session: $45 members | $50 nonmembers

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be well versed in the overlap between landscape and art
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: none

Landscapes have always been a source inspiration for works of art. Explore the varied relationship between art and landscape throughout history. Landscape and Garden Design elective 

May 23 and 30 | Landscape in Art: Focus on the garden’s different representations in several art mediums and how those expressions were sometimes precursors to developments in garden design.

Art and Landscape Series: Art in Landscape | Joshua Beblo

Thursdays: June 6 and 13 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Two-class session: $45 members | $50 nonmembers

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be well versed in the overlap between landscape and art
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: none

Landscapes have always been a source inspiration for works of art. Explore the varied relationship between art and landscape throughout history. Landscape and Garden Design elective 

June 6 and 13 | Art in Landscape: Examine how the garden has served as the canvas or base for various individual pieces of art that are best exhibited in those settings.  

Art and Landscape Series: Landscape as Art | Joshua Beblo

Thursdays: June 20 and 27 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Two-class session: $45 members | $50 nonmembers

Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be well versed in the overlap between landscape and art
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: none

Landscapes have always been a source inspiration for works of art. Explore the varied relationship between art and landscape throughout history. Landscape and Garden Design elective 

June 20 and 27 | Landscape as Art: Investigate how the material components of gardens have been composed or manipulated to form immersive and potentially changing works of art.

Blooms for Three Seasons | Leslie Kaplan

Tues., June 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To be familiar with plants that will provide interest in the garden through three seasons
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Too many gardens go dull in mid-summer or take too long to blossom in the spring. Learn the best plants for our region that will keep your garden blooming all season, from spring snow drops to fall asters and much more. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Create a Backyard Water Garden | Gary Baranowski

Wed., Aug. 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Objective: To feel confident beginning a successful backyard water garden
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Water gardens provide tranquility and beauty to the homeowner and can serve as a valuable resource for wildlife. Learn the essentials for appropriate siting, installation, planting and maintenance. Landscape and Garden Design elective

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Wednesdays: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$210 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

Woody Plants II: Trees | Leslie Kaplan

Tuesdays: May 14, 21, 28, June 4 and 11 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$115 members | $135 nonmembers

May 14 and 21: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
May 28 and June 4: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium
June 11: Offsite

Objective: To become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape uses of a wide variety of trees hardy in this area
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Trees are the most permanent part of the landscape and every gardener should carefully choose where they are planted. Look beyond the well-known plants to many other outstanding varieties that work in a variety of situations. From smaller trees for the typical home landscape to majestic specimen plants, get to know some beautiful trees. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture elective