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.

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Full Series | Joshua Beblo

Saturdays: May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. – noon

Full series: $75 members | $85 nonmembers

May 25: Spring Flowers | Highland Park Entrance Gates
June 22: Edible Weeds and Wild Plants | Frick Park Traffic Circle
July 27: Plants for Focal Points | Highland Park Entrance Gate
Aug. 10: Grasses and Perennials for Visual Texture | Mellon Park Entrance on Beechwood Ave.

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The best way to learn about new plants is to see them firsthand in the landscape. On each Saturday walk, landscape architecture instructor and eminent plantsman Joshua Beblo will introduce you to dozens of plants in the landscape. Walks will focus on different themes, and any plants you pass are fair game for identification and discussion. Tune in to the wonderful world of plants all around you. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Spring Flowers | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, May 25 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

May 25: Spring Flowers | Highland Park Entrance Gates

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The best way to learn about new plants is to see them firsthand in the landscape. On each Saturday walk, landscape architecture instructor and eminent plantsman Joshua Beblo will introduce you to dozens of plants in the landscape. Walks will focus on different themes, and any plants you pass are fair game for identification and discussion. Tune in to the wonderful world of plants all around you. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Edible Weeds and Wild Plants | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, June 22 | 10 a.m. – noon

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

June 22: Edible Weeds and Wild Plants | Frick Park Traffic Circle

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The best way to learn about new plants is to see them firsthand in the landscape. On each Saturday walk, landscape architecture instructor and eminent plantsman Joshua Beblo will introduce you to dozens of plants in the landscape. Walks will focus on different themes, and any plants you pass are fair game for identification and discussion. Tune in to the wonderful world of plants all around you. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Plants for Focal Points | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, July 27 | 10 a.m. – noon

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

July 27: Plants for Focal Points | Highland Park Entrance Gates

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The best way to learn about new plants is to see them firsthand in the landscape. On each Saturday walk, landscape architecture instructor and eminent plantsman Joshua Beblo will introduce you to dozens of plants in the landscape. Walks will focus on different themes, and any plants you pass are fair game for identification and discussion. Tune in to the wonderful world of plants all around you. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Grasses and Perennials for Visual Texture | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, Aug. 10 | 10 a.m. – noon

Individual walk: $20 members | $25 nonmembers

Aug. 10: Grasses and Perennials for Visual Texture | Mellon Park Entrance on Beechwood Ave.

Objective: To be familiar with a variety of landscape plants and their uses in Pittsburgh landscapes
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

The best way to learn about new plants is to see them firsthand in the landscape. On each Saturday walk, landscape architecture instructor and eminent plantsman Joshua Beblo will introduce you to dozens of plants in the landscape. Walks will focus on different themes, and any plants you pass are fair game for identification and discussion. Tune in to the wonderful world of plants all around you. Additional walk details will be sent out to registered students. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Blooms for Three Seasons | Leslie Kaplan

Tues., June 25 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To be familiar with plants that will provide interest in the garden through three seasons
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Too many gardens go dull in mid-summer or take too long to blossom in the spring. Learn the best plants for our region that will keep your garden blooming all season, from spring snow drops to fall asters and much more. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective

Transitioning Lawns: From Grass to Vegetable Garden | Walter Jarosh and Juliette Olshock

Wed., July 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$27 members | $32 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to remove grass using various methods in preparation for planting a vegetable garden
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Learn different methods to successfully transition a plot of land into a healthy vegetable garden. Discover how to produce organic crops without added chemicals, how to remove lawn and plant seeds, and how to start a garden-to-table practice that can last for years. Sustainable Horticulture elective

Landscape Graphics | Michele McCann

Wednesdays: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$210 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

Woody Plants II: Trees | Leslie Kaplan

Tuesdays: May 14, 21, 28, June 4 and 11 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$115 members | $135 nonmembers

May 14 and 21: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
May 28 and June 4: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany Hall Auditorium
June 11: Offsite

Objective: To become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape uses of a wide variety of trees hardy in this area
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Trees are the most permanent part of the landscape and every gardener should carefully choose where they are planted. Look beyond the well-known plants to many other outstanding varieties that work in a variety of situations. From smaller trees for the typical home landscape to majestic specimen plants, get to know some beautiful trees. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture elective