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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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 core course; Native Plant Landscapes Certificate elective; PCH 16.0 | LA CES 16.0

Native Plant Propagation | Linda Kramer with John Totten

Mondays: Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$100 members | $120 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park and Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Objective: To use knowledge of how native plants live in the wild and what horticultural tools are necessary in order to propagate them
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Take an integrated approach to propagating wild plants and master the techniques needed to increase their numbers, taking cues from the natural history of the plants themselves. The lecture/workshop format will give you the skills and confidence you need to explore a new world of unusual plants beyond the flower garden and garden center. Work with and take home seeds, cuttings and divisions of native plants, combining the tools of horticulture with an understanding of the habits and habitats of the plants that surround us. The class size limit is 12 students, so be sure to register early. Native Plant Landscapes core course and Sustainable Horticulture elective; LA CES 8.0