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Evening and Weekend Programs: Certificate of Accomplishment in Horticulture

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Certificate of Accomplishment in Horticulture

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.

You may apply for this program online. For more information about this or other certificates, please contact the certificate advisor at (202) 314-3314 or certificates@graduateschool.edu.

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.

Required Courses (complete 8 courses):

Course Title Course Code Units Tuition Term
Principles of Horticulture HORT1160E 2 Credits $ 385.00 Wi/Sp/Fa
Living Soil NATH1175E 2 Credits $ 365.00 Sp/Fa
Landscape Plants of Fall HORT8231E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Fa
Landscape Plants of Winter HORT8232E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Wi
Landscape Plants of Spring HORT8233E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Sp
Landscape Plants of Summer HORT8234E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Su
Perennials for Spring HORT8236E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Sp
Perennials for Summer HORT8237E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Su

Electives (complete 4 courses):

Course Title Course Code Units Tuition Term
Perennials for Fall HORT8238E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Fa
Propagating Perennials and Woody Plants HORT8210E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Su
Principles of Landscape Design I HORT7102E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Wi/Fa
Principles of Landscape Design II HORT8202E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Sp
Landscape Construction I HORT7119E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Wi
Landscaping with Plants for the Professional and Home Gardener HORT7140E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Sp/Fa
Organic Landscaping HORT7190E 3 CEU $ 385.00 Sp