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.
- Plant Science Basics for Gardeners (CORE): March 10, 17, 24, 28 & 31
- Edible Plants & Urban Agriculture (ELECTIVE): April 7, 14, 21, 25 & 28
- Herbaceous Plants (CORE): May 5, 12, 19, 26 & 30
- Native Plants & Pollinators (ELECTIVE): June 9, 16, 20, 23 & 30
- Bonsai & Topiary (ELECTIVE): Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
- Woody Plants (CORE): Sept. 8, 15, 22, 26 & 29
- Landscape Design (CORE): Oct. 6, 13, 20, 24 & 27
- Propagation & Greenhouse Management (CORE): Nov. 10, 17, 21, 24 & Dec. 1
- Soils, Compost & Vermiculture (CORE) Jan. 5, 12, 19, 23 & 26
- Plant Pests & Integrated Pest Management (CORE): Feb. 2, 9, 16, 20 & 23
- Edible Plants & Urban Agriculture (ELECTIVE): March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
- Plant Science Basics for Gardeners (CORE): March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Members receive reduced rates for classes.