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.

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.

Native Herbaceous Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape | John Totten

Mondays: Nov. 4, 11 and 18 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To have a working knowledge of the native plants around us and how they can be used in the landscape
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Using a plant-community-based approach, we’ll explore the diverse flora that surrounds us and learn how these plants can transform our landscapes and enrich our lives. Gain a better understanding of how the plants of our region got here, how they relate to the wild plants of other places, and how to grow and propagate them. Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course, and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective

Tree and Shrub Maintenance | Walter Jarosh

Tuesdays: Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 4 and 11 (Snow date: Tues., Feb. 25) | 7 – 9 p.m. Field day: Sat., Feb. 29 (Snow date: Sat., March 28) | 10 a.m. – noon

$115 members | $135 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To understand the basics of woody plant care and to use this knowledge to ensure proper personal and professional selection and maintenance of trees and shrubs
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn the basics of arboriculture as we cover tree biology, plant selection, site preparation, planting, pruning, fertilization, and diagnosis and control of insect and disease problems. Plus, attend a hands-on field session in Mellon Park. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective

Soil Ecology | Walter Jarosh

Thursdays: March 12, 19 and 26, April 2 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To understand soil’s role in the garden and to learn to modify it for successful gardening
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Healthy soil and the beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms it harbors provide the foundation for optimal plant growth and development. Learn about the physical properties of soils, best management practices, and soil tests and fertilizers. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course

Seed Starting | Linda Kramer

Wed., March 18 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To be able to successfully start seeds at home
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Learn the steps to successfully start seeds and transplant them. Discuss heirloom and hybrid qualities and gain the confidence to successfully start seeds at home for spring. Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes elective