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The Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes Certificate programs consist of courses that teach best management practices necessary for gardening with minimal ecological impact, design priciples and techniques for creating environmentally responsible landscapes, and essential knowledge on how to best use native plants for habitat and ecosystem preservation.

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  • Ground Covers and Vines | Lynn Purse | Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design, and Native Plant Landscapes

Ground Covers and Vines | Lynn Purse

Tuesdays: Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 7 – 9 p.m. 

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape uses of a wide variety of ground covers and vines that thrive in western PA 
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Text: Covering Ground by Barbara Ellis (Some options for purchasing: Amazon, Barnes & Noble; see more options at the publisher's website)

Ground covers and vines are very valuable and functional with varieties that can cover both vertical and horizontal surfaces and grow in sunny, shady, wet or dry conditions. Learn about the many possibilities that this exciting plant group presents and get to know some unique types that can enliven any landscape. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective