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Fundamentals Of Horticulture Certificate

Molly A. Gearty, CH (Certified Horticulturalist) 

This program is for individuals who want to prepare for an entry level job in a nursery, garden center, or botanical garden as well as hobbyists and home gardeners who want to increase their knowledge of and skill in horticulture. In this 36-hour program, understand the basics of horticulture including plant science, plant identification, soil science, and organic growing and farming. Find out about multifaceted career paths, such as in horticultural therapy and landscape maintenance and design. Gain hands-on experience in Brookdale’s greenhouse with emphasis on cultural practices and plant growth and development. Certificate awarded with 80% attendance and 75% passing score on optional mid and final assessments based on course contend. Required text available from online book sellers: Careers in Horticulture and Botany, by Jerry Garner.  12 SESSIONS

Wednesday, September 20-December 13, 6-9 pm (no class November 22)
Fee and Code: $799 (plus text), XBUSS 092


Goals

  • To become familiar with basic principles and practices
  • To explore the many career opportunities in the field

Text

Careers in Horticulture & Botany, by Jerry Garner (available from any online bookseller)

Evaluation

  • Completion and presentation of landscape design
  • Two tests that evaluate understanding of subjects covered in course

Course Outline

WEEK 1

  • Introduction
  • Plant nomenclature
  • Overview of careers

WEEK 2

  • Horticulture science
  • Plant propagation lab

WEEK 3

  • Horticulture science
  • Trees and shrubs

WEEK 4

  • Horticulture science
  • Herbs and annuals

WEEK 5

  • Horticulture science
  • Perennials
  • Careers in horticulture therapy
  • TEST REVIEW

WEEK 6

  • TEST
  • Fundamentals in landscape design
  • Careers in landscape design

WEEK 7

  • Soil science
  • Careers in nursery management

WEEK 8

  • Planting, training, and pruning
  • Careers in botanical gardens

WEEK 9

  • Organic gardening
  • Careers in growing and farming

WEEK 10

  • Plant diseases
  • Pests and weeds
  • TEST REVIEW

WEEK 11

  • TEST

WEEK 12

  • Landscape design student presentations

Certified Horticulturalist-CH

Molly A. Gearty, CH (Certified Horticulturalist) 

This program is for individuals who are employed in the horticulture industry. Get certified by the American Society for Horticulture Science. Let clients, consumers, and employers know that you possess the knowledge and skill of a professional by becoming a Certified Horticulturalist, a national credential. In this 56-hour instructor-led program (plus field trips) gain hands-on practical training in Brookdale’s greenhouse. Explore the following areas of study:

  • Landscape design and maintenance
  • Production of fruits, vegetables, turf, and ornamental plants
  • Shipping and handling of final product
  • Propagation
  • Monitoring and testing
  • Diagnosing and managing plant problems
  • Business practices

In addition to providing an excellent career and professional development learning opportunity, prepare for the rigorous four-hour CH certification exam, which is included in the course fee.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: landscapers, employees of botanical gardens, nurseries, floral shops, horticulture suppliers; owners and employees of seed, sod, vegetable, fruit and nut production companies; pest control advisors, fertilizer company workers, greenhouse workers, golf course and sport field managers.

Before signing up for this course, it is essential that you read and understand all of the details and requirement of the ASHS-CH program at www.ashs.org. Review requirements for passing the certification test, required experience, maintaining certification, retesting fee, etc. 16 CLASS SESSIONS plus two 4-hour Saturday field trips. Required text is available for purchase in the college bookstore, Certified Horticulturalist Examination Study Guide, approximately $65.

Tuesdays, October 3-January 23, 6-9:30 pm plus two Saturday field trips TBD (no class December 26)
Fee and Code: $1495, includes the fee for the ASHS certification exam. XBUSS 096

 


Instructor Bio:

Molly Gearty received a bachelor of science degree from California Polytechnic University in ornamental horticulture with a minor in botany. Her professional experience includes working at botanical gardens and retail nurseries in California and New Jersey as well as teaching horticulture to both adults and children. Ms. Gearty has worked at a children’s garden, managed a five-acre rosarium, and along with her husband, designed and installed an English cottage garden at their home.


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