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Friday, October 14, 2022 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT


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

Shrubs and Site Design
Functions and features of shrubs
Types of shrubs
Design considerations
Planting practices

Perennials and Site Design
Functions and features of perennials
Types of perennials
Design considerations
Planting practices

Annual Plants for Site Design
Functions and features of annuals
Types of annuals
Design considerations
Planting practices

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 AIA LU|HSWs 

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours

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 LU|HSWs (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, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist, Aerial Lift Specialist; 3.0 BCMA Science; 2.0 BCMA Practice. 

Visit this course listing at for updates on pending credits.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed). 


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.

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: 

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.