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.

Landscape Design III: Design Development | Acadia Klain

Tuesdays: Oct. 17 and 31; Nov. 7 and 14 | 7 – 9 p.m. (Please note change of date since press time)

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

Objective: To gain the experience and graphic skills needed to complete a master plan
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Landscape Design I and II

Using skills learned in Landscape Design I and II, work through design development to create a master plan. Please bring the following items to the first class: an engineer’s scale, straight edge triangles (45° and 30° -60° -90°), mechanical pencils (one soft and one hard lead), a chisel point black marker, an extra fine point black Sharpie® marker and a small roll of tracing paper (bum wad). Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course; Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to be placed on the waiting list.

Gardening in the Shade | Leslie Kaplan

Wednesdays: Nov. 1, 8 and 15 | 7 – 9 p.m.

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

Objective: To develop an appreciation of the shade garden and be able to select and situate appropriate plants for the shady site
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite: None

Gardening in the shade is not difficult — it is just different! Shade gardens provide a peaceful retreat where you can highlight the simplicity and elegance of plants. Expand your plant palate and learn to combine a variety of forms, foliage textures and variegation to make your garden come alive. We will discuss different types of shade, as well as annuals, perennials and shrubs that thrive in shady conditions. Explore tried and true varieties as well as some of the newest cultivars that have recently been introduced to the trade. Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to be placed on the waiting list.

Advanced Horticulture | Katie Schuller

Mondays: Sept. 11, 18 and 25; Oct. 2, 9 and 16 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$176 members | $196 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park (please note new location since press time)

Objective: To gain a deeper knowledge of horticultural practices, their underlying science and their applications in gardening
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: Basic Horticulture

Gain a deeper understanding of horticulture as you build on fundamentals you learned in Basic Horticulture. Learn more about plant physiology, soil science, integrated pest management and other horticultural practices through lectures and hands-on workshops. Sustainable Horticulture Certificate core course; PCH 16.0 | LA CES 16.