The First Philadelphia Accreditation Course

Thanks to all who attended the Accreditation Course, January 13-17 2013, to our presenters and to our hosts, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society!

Course Details:

Course Location:
100 N. 20th Street - 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The course is on the fifth floor and there will be signs directing you to the classroom within the building.
Course Agenda
From 8:00 - 8:30 each morning is a time for attendees to check in and have coffee and a light breakfast. Courses will start at 8:30 and go until 5:30 each day.  There will be a mid-day lunch provided by a local catering company that includes vegetarian alternatives. The cost of lunch is included in your registration fee. Click here for the complete agenda.
Course Contact
If you have questions leading up to the course, please contact Course Coordinator Kristiane Huber at or 203-888-5146.  Her emergency contact info will be included in your confirmation e-mail.
Choose a Track:

Lawn and Turf

The turf track will expand on the basic overview of the principles and protocols of organic lawn care taught as part of the core curriculum. The emphasis in this separate track will be to go into detail in the areas of the creation of a healthy, biologically active soil environment suited to manage turf grass, an in-depth look at turf grass nutrition and the options that we have available, a review of cultural practices as taught during the course, and a section on the appropriate choice of grass seed for an organic lawn.


 Participants will:

  • Understand the critical role of organic matter, and how it influences the turfgrass plant.
  • Understand the difference between conventional fertility and organic fertility, how they work and why organic is the better choice
  • Learn how "less is more" when we talk about nitrogen. Nitrogen is critically important to the growth of a quality turf system, but we must be aware of the consequences.
  • Gain insight into inputs other than fertilizer that address both the soil and grass plant.
  • Follow the concept, "right plant, right place", taking an in-depth look at the cool season grasses and how they are not all created equal.
  • Review of cultural practices, specifically aeration for the relief of compaction, and how this process is fundamental to a healthy turf system
  • Discuss compost topdressing and the benefits that it can impart to a turf grass system during the transition period.

Planting Considerations and Green Infrastructure in the Urban Environment 

It is becoming increasingly important to be familiar with new regulations about stormwater management. And as a landscape professional, you are uniquely suited to address the design and management of plant- land-water based system, known as Green Infrastructure. Spend the morning with Chris Woods, expert horticulturist and Director of PHS Meadowbrook Farm,  Nancy O’Donnell, PHS Director of Design, and Altje Hoekstra, a Senior Water Resources Designer at Meliora Design to learn about productive green infrastructure on (and under) the ground in Philadelphia.


Students will learn;

  • definition of Green Infrastructure and become familiar with different land-water-plant based systems
  • why stormwater management is becoming increasingly important, especially in northeastern cities
  • best management practices and how to avoid early mistakes
  • best plants suited for use in urban horticulture
  • what should be considered when developing a planting/ maintenance place