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Horticulture Certificate Program

The Horticulture Certificate Program at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an adult education program for those who want to learn more about the wonderful world of plants. Designed for all levels of experience, these courses are great for plant parents, lifelong learners, home gardeners, aspiring and professional horticulturists, and anyone else curious about the nature of plant life.

Students must complete a total of nine courses- seven core courses and two elective courses- to earn an official Horticulture Certificate from Franklin Park Conservatory. Students are welcome to register for as many or as few courses as they like (there is no obligation to fulfill the certification requirements). College credit is available through Ashland University (one completed course = one credit hour).

Each class will be led by highly trained and experienced Conservatory staff members and other industry professionals. Hosted at the Franklin Park Conservatory, these courses will take advantage of the vast plant collections and educational opportunities found in the 88-acre Franklin Park greenspace.

A course is $115 for Conservatory members and $135 for the general public, and includes five classes (a value of $23/37 per class). Classes may not be prorated. Scroll down to register for upcoming courses. Please note, when you register you are signing up and paying for ALL FIVE classes in this course. The registration page will show the first date only but this process will register you for all five classes.

2020 Courses

2021 Courses

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Members receive reduced rates for classes.


 

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 biogeography.

Taxonomy and 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.

Instructor: Mark A. Miller, PhD

Guest Instructors: Dr. Raleigh Ricart, The Ohio State University and Otterbein University; Brian Kocher, Greenhouse Manager, Franklin Park Conservatory

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.

Class Dates

First Class: Tuesday, March 10, 6-8:30 PM

Second Class: Tuesday, March 17, 6-8:30 PM

Third Class: Tuesday, March 24, 6-8:30 PM

Fourth Class: Saturday, March 28, 9-11:30 AM

Fifth Class: Tuesday, March 31, 6-8:30 PM

Register for Plant Science Basics for Gardeners


 

Edible Plants & Urban Agriculture – April 2020

Description of Course: The world of edible plants and modern urban agriculture will be explored in this course.

An introduction to edible plants through ethnobotany, the nature of edible plants, algae and fungi, common crops, foraging and wild edible plants will be followed by a comprehensive look at vegetable/fruit gardening, herbs in all of their glory, community gardening and urban agriculture techniques and practices. The primary learning outcome is to holistically understand the various ways in which humans grow, harvest and consume plants.

Instructor: Mark A. Miller, PhD

Guest Instructors: Jennifer Schneller, Ohio Herb Center ; Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Program Manager, Franklin Park Conservatory; Rachel Tayse, owner of Harmonious Homestead

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.

Class Dates

First Class: Tuesday, April 7, 6-8:30 PM

Second Class: Tuesday, April 14, 6-8:30 PM

Third Class: Tuesday, April 21, 6-8:30 PM

Fourth Class: Saturday, April 25, 9-11:30 AM

Fifth Class: Tuesday, April 28, 6-8:30 PM

Register for Edible Plants & Urban Agriculture


 

Herbaceous Plants – May 2020

Description of Course: This course will dive deeply into the fantastically varied world of herbaceous (non-woody) plants.

From the ground upward we will learn about geophytes (bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes), pteridophytes (mosses and ferns), annual/biennial plants, ‘weeds’, perennial plants that can hug the ground or grow far into the air, cacti and succulents, tropical herbaceous plants that are often used as annuals outside and houseplants inside Ohio homes, orchids, vines and epiphytes (air plants) typically growing in the canopy of trees. The primary learning outcome is to understand the basic characteristics of herbaceous plants and be able to identify common examples of the many types of herbaceous plants found around the world.

Instructors: Mark A. Miller, PhD

Guest Instructors: Marjolein Berbee, Leo Berbee Bulb Co. of Marysville; Evan Apt, Interior Horticulturist, Franklin Park Conservatory; Deb Knapke, The Garden Sage

Textbook: Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (2017). Landscape Plants for Ohio: A Professional’s Guide.  Published by ONLA. $6 cost collected from students by the Conservatory.

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.

Class Dates

First Class: Tuesday, May 5, 6-8:30 PM

Second Class: Tuesday, May 12, 6-8:30 PM

Third Class: Tuesday, May 19, 6-8:30 PM

Fourth Class: Tuesday, May 26, 6-8:30 PM

Fifth Class: Saturday, May 30, 9-11:30 AM

Register for Herbaceous Plants