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Permaculture Certification at Phipps

January 7, 2011

In this blog, I have shared different gardening concepts such as the Keyhole Garden and sheet mulching.  These techniques are part of a larger design strategy called Permaculture.  I thought that I would post an announcement for a certification that Phipps will soon be offering, the Permaculture Design Certificate.  Information on this course is included below! 


Get your PDC in Pittsburgh!   It’s inexpensive!!!   Hands-on!
Permaculture Design Certificate Course at Phipps
Join us at the Phipps Garden Center for 6 weekends of intensive permaculture design and practice!

Primary Teachers: Darrell Frey, Three Sisters Farm; Elizabeth Lynch; Juliette Jones, Pittsburgh Permaculture
Dates: January 29-30, February 12-13, 26-27, March 12-13, 26-27, April 2
Time: 9am-4:30pm
Cost: $770 Phipps members, $850 Non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa 15232

Be your own landscape designer! This intensive weekend course will teach you the secrets of ecological design; learn how to garden like nature! Capture and store water on your site, reducing irrigation costs; build soil and use plants that mulch, reducing your need for artificial fertilizers; and design more sustainable garden systems, reducing your maintenance and maximizing the yield and aesthetics of your property. Visit local examples of permaculture design, use mapping and site analysis tools and complete a guided design project.
This course will challenge both beginning designers and experienced gardeners alike.

Permaculture design is rooted in agriculture and horticulture, yet is far reaching and interdisciplinary in nature, making connections to city planning, ecology, architecture, and appropriate technology. This course covers the foundations of ecological design and addresses how these concepts can be applied to both urban and rural settings in order to create regenerative landscapes.
Course Topics
Permaculture Ethics & Principles
Observation & Ecological Design
Site Analysis & Assessment
Edible Forest Gardens
Water Harvesting
Natural Building
Greenhouse & Bioshelter Design
Compost & Soil Building
Mapping, Surveying, & Presentation
Group Design Projects & Design Charettes
Transition Town Movement

For more information and to register, please contact- Sarah Bertovich, , 412/441-4442 x 3925

Learn about other gardening courses offered at Phipps.

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