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Plant Science Basics for Gardeners – March 2020

Plant Science Basics for Gardeners is one of many monthly courses offered as part of the Horticulture Certificate Program. A monthly 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. Students must complete nine of the courses to earn the certificate. However, there is no obligation to complete the program; students are welcome to sign up for as many or as few of the courses as they would like.

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.

  • Capon, Brian (2010). Botany for Gardeners, 3rd Edition. Timber Press.
  • Stern, K.R., J.E. Bidlack and S.H. Jansky (2014). Stern’s Introductory Plant Biology (14th Edition). McGraw-Hill, NY

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 Course

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 (March 10th) but this process will register you for all five classes.