The Sustainable Horticulture Certificate program consists of a series of core courses that includes Basic and Advanced Horticulture, Soils, Diagnosing Plant Problems and Botany for Gardeners. These classes teach best management practices necessary for gardening with minimal ecological impact. Electives further enhance students’ understanding of sustainable practices that help protect soil health, water resources, air quality and land usage, and result in the creation of aesthetically pleasing 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.

Planting for Fall Color | Leslie Kaplan

Sat., Oct. 20 | 1 – 3 p.m.

$20 members | $25 nonmembers
Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To be able to use plants that will bring fall color to the home landscape
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Don’t let the cool fall weather and shorter days turn your garden into a pumpkin — extend the beauty of your garden by including plants that shine in the autumn. Plant-addict Leslie Kaplan will share her favorites. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; LA CES 2.0

Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation | Michele McCann

Thursdays: Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and 15 | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Field work: Sat., Oct. 27 | 9 a.m. – noon

$200 members | $220 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to complete a site inventory and analysis and create a conceptual diagram for a preselected site
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: Landscape Graphics [PLEASE NOTE: Landscape Graphics is required before Landscape Design I.]

Explore practical aspects of the landscape design process, including site documentation, client interviews and program development. Develop a site inventory, analysis and conceptual diagram. Space is limited to eight participants; early registration is encouraged. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; LA CES 10.0

Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation | Michele McCann

Mondays: Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and 19 | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Field work: Sat., Nov. 3 | 9 a.m. – noon

$200 members | $220 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to complete a site inventory and analysis and create a conceptual diagram for a preselected site
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: Landscape Graphics [PLEASE NOTE: Landscape Graphics is required before Landscape Design I.]

Explore practical aspects of the landscape design process, including site documentation, client interviews and program development. Develop a site inventory, analysis and conceptual diagram. Space is limited to eight participants; early registration is encouraged. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; LA CES 10.0

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

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Thursdays: Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Oct. 4 and 11 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$205 members | $235 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use basic freehand and drafting techniques to produce legible drawings of landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: This course is the prerequisite to Landscape Design I – IV

In the field, designers rely on graphics to develop and communicate ideas. Working with pencil, practice freehand and mechanical drawing techniques while learning about lettering, sheet layout, title blocks, concept drawing, colored renderings and presentation plan graphics. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; LA CES 12.0

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Landscape Graphics class.

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Mondays: Sept. 10, 17 and 24, Oct. 1, 8 and 15 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$205 members | $235 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use basic freehand and drafting techniques to produce legible drawings of landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: This course is the prerequisite to Landscape Design I – IV

In the field, designers rely on graphics to develop and communicate ideas. Working with pencil, practice freehand and mechanical drawing techniques while learning about lettering, sheet layout, title blocks, concept drawing, colored renderings and presentation plan graphics. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; LA CES 12.0

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to get an email alert about the next Landscape Graphics class.

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

Diagnosing Plant Problems | Dr. Ryan Gott and Katie Schuller

Mondays: Sept. 10, 17 and 24, Oct. 1, 8 and 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$132 members | $162 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To begin to be able to accurately diagnose insect, disease and environmental problems of plants and determine the best response with the least negative impact on the environment
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

What is killing my tomato plants? Are the bumps on my maple tree caused by a bug? Insects, diseases and environmental problems are a gardener’s puzzle. This course is a basic introduction to all of these problems, as well as how to control pests through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Horticulture Certificate core course; LA CES 12.0

Perennials for a Sustainable Landscape | Leslie Kaplan

Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Field Day: Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m. - noon (Rain date: Oct. 6)

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To become proficient in identifying a wide variety of perennials and know of their cultural requirements and landscape uses
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Perennials have unlimited value in the garden, whether they are planted in beds, used as accents around a mailbox or added to mixed borders. A garden with perennials is always changing as different ones come into bloom. Beautiful, exciting and challenging — perennial gardening is all of these and more. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; LA CES 8.0