The Native Plant Landscapes Certificate program consists of a series of courses designed for participants to learn to appreciate and use native plants, discover the importance of habitats and ecosystems, and explore how native plants can fit into our gardens.

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Backyard Entomology | Ryan Gott

Thursdays: July 19 and 26; Aug. 2 and 9 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Please note new dates since original publication (starting July 19, not July 12).

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

Objective: To understand and appreciate several important groups of insects and how they can help in your backyard
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: None

Insects are all around us — they outnumber us 200 million to one and are found on every continent, even on the open ocean. The most familiar insects to you are probably those right around your own home. Get to know them better and learn to appreciate insects of all kinds in this introduction to pests, beneficial insects and entomology (the study of arthropods). Join us to learn about the amazing creatures that live right in your own backyard! Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Botany for Gardeners | Dr. Linda K. Johnson

Wednesdays: Aug. 29; Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26; Oct. 3 and 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to connect good gardening practice with the science that supports it
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Why do some seeds germinate and others fail? Why should flowers be cut early in the morning? What are the effects of insect and fungi attacks? Discover the answers to these questions and get a fascinating look at how plants grow. Explore botanical principles and topics such as plants, their stems, leaves and roots and their importance to humankind. Also, learn about performance factors, reproduction, fruits and flowers. Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course; PCH 16.0 | LA CES 16.0