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Native Plant and Sustainability Summer Short Course
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Native Plant and Sustainability Summer Short Course


When: Thursday, July 14, 2016
8:30 am - 4 pm
Where: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA  
United States

Phone: 412-441-4442, ext. 3925


Professional and home gardeners alike are invited to attend informative lectures by Lee Reich, an avid farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. Reich researched plants and soil with the USDA and Cornell University before turning his attention to writing and lecturing, and he has written numerous books, including The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening and Uncommon Fruits in Every Garden. Accompanied by experts from our local garden community, Reich will lead those in attendance on an exploration of all things edible.

In addition to engaging in a variety of short lectures and lessons with our local experts, guests will enjoy Reich's insights on the following topics:

The Ornamental Vegetable Garden: No need to relegate the vegetable garden to the furthest corner of the yard! Using decorative fencing and gates, ornamental and fruiting shrubs, and other ornamentation integrates a vegetable garden into your home. Near a home is where it belongs; there, it gets more attention and more use.

Nourishing Plants Organically: We’ll begin with a look at the natural forms and transformations of nitrogen in the soil. Tapping into this natural, elegant system when nourishing your plants is efficient and environmentally sound, and it is good for their health. Discussion will conclude with ideas for making the best of this system for your garden.

Fruits for Small Gardens: Gardens are smaller these days, but – as Europeans have known for centuries – a small garden is no impediment to fruit-growing. Lowbush blueberries, currants, gooseberries and super dwarf apples are among the fruits that visually and proportionally fit well into small gardens. This lecture will present the fruits and growing techniques needed to reap delectable rewards from spaces as small as a balcony to as "large" as a small suburban yard.

This Summer Short Course is presented to you by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Penn State Extension.

Registration costs $95 on or before Mon., June 20 After June 20, the cost is $105.
Registration includes morning coffee and light breakfast items, as well as a lunch buffet with vegetarian options. If you have additional dietary requests, please contact us to ensure we can meet your needs

Please register for the Native Plant and Sustainability Summer Short Course in advance by calling 412/441-4442, ext. 3925 or by visiting the event information page here: 

This course is eligible for 5.5 PCH CEUS.


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