Applications Now Open for Phipps Master Gardener Program

Posted on: December 8, 2015 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is now accepting applications for the Master Gardener Program for green thumbs who want to become experts on all things gardening. Through two semesters of classes, participants in this program will learn the answer to every gardener’s questions – from “Why are my pine trees losing their needles?” to “When and how do I plant flower bulbs?” to “What is wrong with my tomatoes?”  As Master Gardeners, they will then share their knowledge and experience as volunteers for Phipps.

Candidates participate in an intensive training program that covers a wide variety of gardening subjects, including garden design. Classes take place over two semesters: 10 weeks in the spring (Tues., March 8 — Sat., May 14) and six weeks in the fall (Thurs., Sept. 8 – Thurs., Oct. 27) with volunteer events throughout the year. Classes occur once a week, plus one Saturday morning per month.

In 2016, the class will meet on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park. The course fee is $230, and includes the cost of a textbook. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Thurs., Jan. 7.

To learn more information or request a program application, applicants can call 412/442-4442, ext. 3925, email or visit

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