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Horticulture Certificate Program

Following recommendations from federal and state officials for the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of concern for our employees and guests, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will continue its closure through May 31. Refunds for ticket, class, experience and program purchases will be honored. Contact us for details.

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.

 

Primary Instructor

Dr. Mark Miller Mark A. Miller is the Outreach Education Manager at the Conservatory. He received a B.S. in Horticulture, M.S. in Agricultural Education and Ph.D. in Environmental Education from The Ohio State University. His research is focused on providing environmental education through plant-based programming and children’s gardening and identifying essential elements of children’s gardens. Mark has held a variety of positions with the U.S. Peace Corps, nursery and landscape design firms, consultants, Cooperative Extension, non-profits (including the American Horticultural Society), web-based education providers, colleges/universities and public gardens. He's also authored, edited or contributed to a number of published works.

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

Guest Instructors

Dr. Raleigh Ricart Dr. Ricart is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University where he received his PhD in Evolution and Ecology. His dissertation evaluated patterns of plant diversity across glacial landscapes but assures us that, despite the specificity, he loves plants in general. Dr. Ricart is also a former Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens intern which helped develop a passion for studying plants and that has carried through to today. In conjunction with plant studies, he also has a long history of teaching about plants at OSU and Otterbein University. From Dr. Ricart, "Teaching is my true passion, so I am very much looking forward to contributing my small breadth of knowledge to the program at the Conservatory."
Brian Kocher Brian Kocher is the Production Greenhouse Manager and Grower at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. He is charged with producing high-quality crops for exhibitions, park grounds and biomes as well as providing ongoing care for permanent plant collections. With twenty plus years of horticulture experience producing crops for retail sales at the garden center he and his wife own and operate, Brian has a wide base of experience. He has both professional training and self-taught skills thanks to growing a small business. Brian holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.