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Horticulture Certificate Program

The Horticulture Certificate Program at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an adult education program designed for lifelong learners, serious home gardeners, professionals or aspiring professionals. The program is designed to meet the needs of all people interested in gardening, regardless of their level of knowledge.

Students can choose to take the nine (9) courses required to obtain a Horticulture Certificate or simply take individual classes of interest without a goal of obtaining the Horticulture Certificate. Courses are taught by highly trained and experienced Conservatory staff and industry professionals who provide quality learning experiences. This horticultural education program is held in the Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory, which takes advantage of the vast and varied plant collections and educational opportunities found in the 88-acre Franklin Park.

College credit is available through Ashland University. Each completed course = 1 hour of credit.

Courses are offered on weekday evenings and one Saturday for busy adults. The five (5) classes are scheduled within one month, usually on four (4) Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm, with one (1) class on the last Saturday of the month, 9-11:30am.

Horticulture Certificates are earned after completing all seven (7) Core Courses and two (2) Elective Courses.

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Plant Science Basics for Gardeners – March, 2020

Description of Course: This course will provide a basic understanding of plant processes through an exploration of plant biology, anatomy, physiology, ecology and biography.

Taxonomy & nomenclature will aid students in situating plants within the living domains on earth and how plants are named. The primary learning outcome is to understand the concepts that underlie the success and failure of plants in the landscape.

Textbook: No textbook is required.

The following resources are recommended for those students who wish to enrich and further their subject learning.

College Credit: One (1) hour of credit can be obtained from Ashland University for an additional cost of $180.


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