Horticulture is the art and science of growing plants, including fruit, vegetable, flowering, and ornamental plants. The Horticulture Certificate program provides the fundamentals in cultivating plants, whether for home gardens, landscaping, or nursery crops. Students learn characteristics of plant life, plant identification, requirements for healthy plant growth including impact of seasonal changes, current horticultural techniques, and environmentally responsible practices. Area gardens and botanical spaces are used as outdoor classrooms during field trips to provide practical hands-on experience.
This certificate program is designed for people of all knowledge and skill levels, from novice gardener to professional practitioner, who are pursuing continuing education or need a refresher.
Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:
- Describe the biological processes of normal plant growth and development, and pathology.
- Identify and distinguish plant types and classifications (plant taxonomy).
- Describe the properties of soil types and the impact on plant life.
- Identify and appropriately apply common techniques and equipment for gardening and larger scale plant cultivation.
- Recognize the seasonal impact of climate and weather on plant types and soil conditions.
- Apply basic principles to design landscapes and gardens using plants and structures.
Note: Some courses in the Natural History Field Studies Certificate program can be taken as a substitution, with approval from the Vice President of Evening and Weekend Programs prior to enrollment. See the Natural History Field Studies curriculum for a list of eligible courses.
Special accommodations may be requested online by requesting ADA Accommodations. All requests must be received at least four weeks prior to the class start date to be fulfilled.