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Garden Design Certificate

Molly Gearty, CH (Certified Horticulturist)

This course is recommended for individuals who are interested in pursuing garden design at garden centers, thinking of starting their own business in garden consulting, or wishing to create beautiful spaces in their own backyard. Students will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of design from evaluating and measuring properties to presenting completed designs. Some of the topics that we will explore will be design principles, choosing the right plant for the right place, landscape installation, developing a plant palette, creating gardens that attract pollinators, and incorporating natives, edible plants, and herbs into the landscape. We will also explore the business side of design from creating quotes to pricing out jobs for clients.

In this twelve-week course, students will have the opportunity to complete and present two garden designs. The first design will be a class project which will include a group visit to a home garden to evaluate, measure, and interview homeowners. The second design will be student’s choice. This is a great opportunity to receive guidance on projects that students would like to pursue.

Note: Prior completion of the Beyond Fundamentals of Horticulture Certificate course is helpful for beginning gardeners.

Mon, Sep 21-Nov 30 (including Sat, Oct 3-17, 9 am -noon), 6-9 pm, Online live instruction
Fee and Code: $844, XBUSS 099

Fundamentals of Horticulture Certificate

Molly A. Gearty, ASHS Certified Horticulturist

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 for hobbyists and home gardeners who want to increase their knowledge and skill in horticulture. In this 36-hour program, students will understand the basics of horticulture, plant science, plant identification, soil science and organic gardening and farming.  Gain hands-on experience in Brookdale’s greenhouse and create your own landscape design.  Find out about multifaceted career paths in horticulture such as horticulture therapy and landscape maintenance/design. Certificate awarded with 80% attendance and 75% passing score on mid and final assessments based on course content. 12 SESSIONS

Wed, Nov 4-Feb 10, 2021 (no class 11/25, 12/23, 12/30) 6-9 pm, Online live instruction
Fee and Code: $844, XBUSS 092

Beyond Fundamentals of Horticulture

Molly Gearty, CH (Certified Horticulturist)

This course is for students that wish to develop a deeper understanding of Horticultural practices. The completion of the Fundamentals of Horticulture course is recommended. In this 36 hour class, we will continue to study botany, plant pathology, and landscape management. We will deepen our skills at plant propagation and learn how to identify plants by utilizing plant keys in the field. We will also explore hands-on grafting and floral design.

A certificate will be awarded with 80 percent attendance and 75 percent passing score on optional mid and final assessment based on course content.

A field trip with date and time to be determined will be included in the class.

Tues, Dec 1-Feb 23, 2021 (no class 12/29), 6-9 pm, Online live instruction
Fee and Code: $844, XBUSS 105

About the Instructor:

Molly Gearty is a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science.  She 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 and teaching horticulture to both adults and children. Ms. Gearty has worked at a children’s garden, managed a five-acre rosarium and was farm manager at Cousins’ Garden donation farm. When her family moved to New Jersey she had the delightful experience of designing and installing an English Cottage garden of her own.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Pagano 732-224-2685

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