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.

Tree and Shrub Maintenance | Walter Jarosh

Tuesdays: Jan. 23 and 30; Feb. 6, 13 and 20 (Snow date: Feb. 27) | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field day: Sat., Feb. 17 (Snow date: Sun., Feb. 18) | 10 a.m. – noon

$132 members | $152 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; PCH 12.0 | LA CES 12.0

Winter Tree ID | Walter Jarosh

Sat., Jan. 27 (Snow date: Feb. 17) | 12:30 – 4 p.m.

$35 members | $40 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to identify trees without their leaves
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Discover differences and clues to help you identify trees by their shape, bark, twigs and buds. Plus, learn how to understand samples and use a key. The class will take place both outdoors and in the classroom. Dress warmly, and bring a 10x hand lens or magnifying glass if you have one. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective; PCH 3.5 | LA CES 3.5

Seed Starting | Linda Kramer

Tuesdays: March 13 and 20 (Snow date: March 27) | 7 – 9 p.m.

$44 members | $49 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; PCH 3.5

Soil Ecology | Walter Jarosh

Thursdays: March 22 and 29; April 5 and 12 | 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; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0