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: Shrubs and Small Trees for Urban Yards | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, May 26 | 10 a.m. – noon

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

May 26: Shrubs and Small Trees for Urban Yards
Mellon 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

Field Ecology Excursions: Both Excursions | Dr. Linda K. Johnson

Raccoon Creek State Park: Sat., June 2 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ohiopyle State Park: Sat., June 16 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Both excursions: $110 members | $130 nonmembers

Objective: To be able to identify a variety of native plant communities existing in local parks and how they might be translated into a landscape setting
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Looking to tie your ever-growing plant knowledge into actual native plant communities? There is no better way than exploring the habitats in our great state parks. Walking on the trails, we will discuss what is growing, why it is growing there and how it might be incorporated into garden designs. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes elective; PCH 10.0 | LA CES 10.0

Field Ecology Excursions: Raccoon Creek State Park | Dr. Linda K. Johnson

Raccoon Creek State Park: Sat., June 2 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Individual excursion: $60 members | $70 nonmembers

Objective: To be able to identify a variety of native plant communities existing in local parks and how they might be translated into a landscape setting
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Looking to tie your ever-growing plant knowledge into actual native plant communities? There is no better way than exploring the habitats in our great state parks. Walking on the trails, we will discuss what is growing, why it is growing there and how it might be incorporated into garden designs. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes elective; PCH 5.0 | LA CES 5.0

Field Ecology Excursions: Ohiopyle State Park | Dr. Linda K. Johnson

Ohiopyle State Park: Sat., June 16 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Individual excursion: $60 members | $70 nonmembers

Objective: To be able to identify a variety of native plant communities existing in local parks and how they might be translated into a landscape setting
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Looking to tie your ever-growing plant knowledge into actual native plant communities? There is no better way than exploring the habitats in our great state parks. Walking on the trails, we will discuss what is growing, why it is growing there and how it might be incorporated into garden designs. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes elective; PCH 5.0 | LA CES 5.0

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

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Groundcovers, Vines and Plants for Hillsides | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, June 23 | 10 a.m. – noon

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

June 23: Groundcovers, Vines and Plants for Hillsides
Frick 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

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

Woody Plants I: Shrubs | Leslie Kaplan

Tuesdays: May 8, 15, 22 and 29 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Field trip: Tues., June 5

$110 members | $130 nonmembers
May 8 and 15: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
May 22 and 29: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall

Objective: To become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape use of a wide variety of hardy shrubs that perform well in western PA.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Woody plants form the backbone of the garden, and shrubs (a multi-stemmed variety) provide four-season interest in many forms. Discover their limitless possibilities! Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 10.0 | LA CES 10.0

Landscape Design II: Principles of Design | Acadia Klain

Tuesdays: May 17, 24 and 31; June 7 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field trip: Thurs., June 14 | 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