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.

Backyard Entomology | Ryan Gott

Thursdays: July 19 and 26; Aug. 2 and 9 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Please note new dates since original publication (starting July 19, not July 12).

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To understand and appreciate several important groups of insects and how they can help in your backyard
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: None

Insects are all around us — they outnumber us 200 million to one and are found on every continent, even on the open ocean. The most familiar insects to you are probably those right around your own home. Get to know them better and learn to appreciate insects of all kinds in this introduction to pests, beneficial insects and entomology (the study of arthropods). Join us to learn about the amazing creatures that live right in your own backyard! Sustainable Horticulture and Native Plant Landscapes elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Saturday Plant Identification Walks: Plants for Shade and Moist Locations | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, July 21 | 10 a.m. – noon

$20 members | $25 nonmembers (price is per walk)

July 21: Plants for Shade and Moist Locations
Carnegie Mellon University

Objective: To be able to identify plants in a landscape setting
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. 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; PCH 2.0 | LA CES 2.0

History of Roman and Italian Gardens | Joshua Beblo

Tuesdays: July 24 and 31; Aug. 7 | 7 – 9 p.m.

$66 members | $76 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be conversant in the history and design elements of Roman and Italian gardens
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

With their foundations in ancient Rome, Italian gardens flourished in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Beginning in Roman antiquity, examine the design of private outdoor spaces through the Baroque period as influenced by the geographic and social characteristics unique to the Apennine Peninsula. Using numerous drawings and photographs, you will visually tour several villas that represent significant changes in style and design philosophies, from the initial gardens of Roman emperors to those of wealthy merchants and religious leaders. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

Landscape Construction | Bob Vukich

Wednesdays: July 25; Aug. 1, 8 and 15 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$88 members | $98 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use techniques for building simple and well-designed constructed walls, walks and patios
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Discover the fundamental construction techniques for building features that will withstand the forces of nature, such as yearly freeze and thaw cycles. Learn how to detail, specify for and construct simple walls, paving systems and steps, and discuss garden structures and drainage. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course, and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective. PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

Saturday Plant Identification Walks:Plants for Hedges and Borders | Joshua Beblo

Saturday, Aug. 18 | 10 a.m. – noon

$20 members | $25 nonmembers (price is per walk)

Aug. 18: Plants for Hedges and Borders
Sewickley at Way Park

Objective: To be able to identify plants in a landscape setting
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. 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; PCH 2.0 | LA CES 2.0

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