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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Ecology and the Designed Landscape | John Totten and Linda Kramer

Formerly known as Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design)

Tuesdays: Sept. 26; Oct. 3 and 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field trip: Sat., Sept. 30 | 10 a.m. – noon

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

Objective: To be able to apply the basic concepts of plant ecology and local plant communities to the designed landscape
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The fields of ecology and landscape architecture were developed together in the late 19th century. Their close alliance was nearly lost in the mid-20th century but has since been rediscovered as interest in ecological landscape design and sustainability has grown. Explore the basics of plant ecology and the plant communities of western Pennsylvania, and then learn to apply these ideas to the designed landscape. See how these principles can be applied on a field trip to a new plant-community-based landscape. Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course; Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0