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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.

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.

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Current Classes

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

Native Plant Design for Small Yards | Gwen Wisniewski

Tues., Aug. 10 | 7 – 9 p.m.  

$22 members | $27 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to select and design with native plants for small residential spaces

Level: Beginner to intermediate 

Prerequisite: None

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Learn to design with and use native plants in small areas. Discover the importance of using native plants in the landscape and how to choose the proper plants for your yard based on various limiting factors, including soil, light, moisture, wind and possible pests. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design and Native Plant Landscapes elective. This course has been approved for 2.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

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

Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape | Joshua Beblo

Thursdays: Aug. 12, 19 and 26 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to identify the characteristics, needs and landscape uses of a variety of native woody plants

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design suggested but not required

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Identify woody plants that reflect local native plant communities and survey the taxonomic features of these plants, including growth habit, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements. Using these attributes, learn the importance of site placement and create ecologically-informed landscape designs. Native Plant Landscapes core course; Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective. This course has been approved for 6.0 CEUs for arborists by ISA and 6.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.

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

Rain Garden Design for Homeowners | Andrea Haynes, L.A.

Mondays: Aug 16, 23 and 30 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom with optional walking tour

Objective: To be able to design a small residential rain garden for your home

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: None

Materials: graph paper (quadrille or ¼” engineering graph paper), circle template or compass, ruler. Materials will not be needed until class session 2, so instructor can provide clarification in the first session. 

*Virtual class sessions will be recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Learn how rain gardens positively impact the environment and how to implement your own rain garden project. You will be guided through the process, from site selection, stormwater runoff calculations, plant selection and aesthetic considerations. Step-by-step creation of a rain garden plan drawing for your site and the installation process will also be covered. Please note: some properties may not have suitable space available for a rain garden. Sustainable Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design certificate elective. This course has been approved for 2.0 CEUs for landscape architects by LA CES.