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Friday, June 2, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT (including two 30-min. breaks)


Presented by Dr. Michael A. Liptak & Katherine Holmok, PLA, ASLA


Plant Biology and Growth  

  • Types of plants
  • Plant anatomy
  • Plant physiology
  • Plant growth and lifecycles 


Trees and Site Design 

  • Functions and features of trees
  • Types of trees
  • Design considerations
  • Planting practices
  • Maintenance 


Shrubs and Site Design 

  • Functions and features of shrubs
  • Types of shrubs
  • Design considerations
  • Planting practices
  • Maintenance  


Perennials and Site Design 

  • Functions and features of perennials
  • Types of perennials
  • Design considerations
  • Planting practices
  • Maintenance 


Annual Plants for Site Design 

  • Functions and features of annuals
  • Types of annuals
  • Design considerations
  • Planting practices
  • Maintenance  


Site Planning for Healthy and Attractive Ecosystems 

  • Setting site design goals
  • Achieving design goals with plant selection, placement and planting
  • Short-term and long-term results


Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 HSW PDHs

Certified Arborists:
5.0 ISA CEUs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

The International Society of Arboriculture has approved this course for the following CEUs: 5.0 Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist, Aerial Lift Specialist; 3.0 BCMA Science; 2.0 BCMA Practice.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:
6.0 HSW LUs (AIA) | 6.0 HSW PDHs (LA CES)


Dr. Michael Liptak, PhD

Senior Ecologist at EnviroScience, Inc.

Dr. Liptak is a senior ecologist at EnviroScience, Inc, where he specializes in wetland ecology, wetland restoration, and mitigation wetland design. Dr. Liptak earned a B.S. degree in Biology at the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science at The Ohio State University under the noted wetland ecologist Dr. William Mitsch. He has over 25 years of experience in wetlands research and consulting and is a Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America). His primary responsibilities at EnviroScience Inc. include wetland mitigation planning, wetland assessments and delineations, technical report preparation, and permitting. Dr. Liptak is a member of the Society of Wetlands Scientists and the Ecological Society of America, and regularly gives seminars on wetland issues and regulations.

Katherine G. Holmok, PLA, ASLA

Director of Green & Blue Infrastructure at Environmental Design Group

Ms. Holmok’s experience has centered on stormwater control, weather resiliency, and pedestrian experiences in challenging urban sites. As a Landscape Architect, Ms. Holmok has been designing green & blue elements for over 26 years. Notable projects include design and oversite of ultra-urban green infrastructure elements integrated within the two-mile, six-lane expansion of the City of Philadelphia’s I-95 (Girard) project; Akron’s Citywide Green Infrastructure Toolbox, including design of green and complete Aqueduct Street, and the Kelly (CSO Rack 3) Green Project; one-mile long City of Cleveland’s $9 million dollar Fleet Avenue Complete and Green Street; Cuyahoga River Bank stabilization projects for the National Park Service; and numerous green infrastructure retrofit demonstration projects in the City of Cleveland.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Practical Botany for Site Designers

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course is intended to assist design professionals with understanding, selecting, planting and maintaining various types of trees and plants in the developed landscape. The course provides detailed information on plant biology, functions, features, design considerations and more that will be useful to design professionals in developing their sites.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the anatomy, biology, physiology, growth and lifecycle of various types of plants.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and understand the functions, features, types, design considerations, planting practices, and maintenance of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for site design.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to engage in site planning for healthy and attractive ecosystems by setting site design goals, achieve the goals with plant selection, placement, and planting, and analyze short-term and long-term results.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to choose the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals depending on the site, based on their characteristics, performance, and functions.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience in site design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/15/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00