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: 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

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