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For Immediate Release: Mon., Dec. 12
Contact: Joe Reed | Senior Director of Communications
412-622-6915, ext. 3801 | jreed@phipps.conservatory.org 

Phipps Conservatory Offers Sustainable Landcare Training for Landscaping and Lawn Care Professionals 
2023 Training Program Open for Enrollment Now

Pittsburgh, PA – Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is pleased to offer its intensive Sustainable Landcare Accreditation Training course for landscape and lawn care professionals and anyone with a dedicated interest in continuing their education in this growing field. Enrollment is now open for the 2023 training, which takes place virtually on select Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 31 – March 2 from 6 – 9 p.m. with a single day of in-person training on Fri., Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

To meet the increasing demand for sustainable landcare, Phipps offers training for professionals and advocates who care about their work and know that a healthy and beautiful home landscape is directly related to human health and the health of our environment. Businesses who receive this accreditation pledge to provide the standard of excellence expected from Phipps and become official Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals; a full list of current accredited professionals is available on the Phipps website. 

Local landcare experts and regional professionals serve as instructors in the Sustainable Landcare Accreditation Training. Experienced green industry practitioners pair up with knowledgeable professionals from environmental organizations, such as Tree Pittsburgh, Up Stream, Penn State Extension, Allegheny Land Trust and the Rodale Institute to share cutting edge sustainable landcare methods and techniques. Topics covered include soil ecology; site analysis and design; organic pest, weed and disease control; stormwater management; native plants of Western Pennsylvania; invasive plants; and more. While most of the learning will take place online, there is one full day of in-person experiences including class sessions, a panel discussion and a reception to allow participants an opportunity to meet with other landcare professionals as well as the class instructors 

2023 training is open for enrollment now. Attendees who register on or before Tues., Jan. 9 can register at a reduced cost of $350. After Mon., Jan. 9, the cost is $400. Nonprofit, government and school staff can register for $262.50 on or before Mon., Jan. 9 and $312.50 after. A discount is offered for additional attendees from the same business, and partial scholarships are available for nonprofit, government and school staff as well as qualifying individuals 

To learn more about the accreditation and to enroll, visit phipps.conservatory.org/Landcare.  

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About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.
 
Watch TEDx: What We Can Learn From an Old Glasshouse: A look at the evolving way we connect people to nature at Phipps, demonstrate how human and environmental health are inextricably connected, and show that to age gracefully, we must continually reinvent ourselves to evolve with the rest of the world.