Horticulture Information Session

Interested in a career in Horticulture? Brookdale Community College now offers three
Horticulture courses: Fundamentals of Horticulture Certificate, Certified Horticulturist Certificate, and Garden Design Certificate. Join us and meet the instructor, ask questions, learn about career opportunities, and find out which of Brookdale’s Horticulture courses is right for you.

Thurs, Jul 25, 6-8 pm, Lincroft
Fee and Code: XBUSS 101
call 732-224-2315 to register

New! 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 Fundamentals of Horticulture Certificate course is helpful for beginning gardeners.

Mon, Aug 19-Nov 11, 6-9 pm (no class Sep 2), Lincroft
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. Students not seeking a certificate may choose to audit the class.

This course is also helpful to students that want to review the basics before taking the advanced horticulture (CH) course. 12 SESSIONS

Sec 1: Wed, Aug 21-Nov 6, 6-9 pm, Lincroft
Sec 2: Wed, Dec 4-Mar 4, 2020, 6-9 pm, Lincroft (no class Dec 25 & Jan 1)
Fee and Code: $844 (plus text), XBUSS 092

This program is eligible for Veterans Education Benefits

Certified Horticulturist (CH) Exam Preparation

American Society for Horticultural Science

Molly A. Gearty, ASHS Certified Horticulturist         

This program is for individuals who are employed or plan to enter the field of Horticulture or have completed the Fundamentals of Horticulture course and want to get a deeper understanding of Horticultural practices.

In addition to providing an excellent career and professional development learning opportunity, this course helps you prepare for the rigorous four-hour ASHS Certified Horticulturist certification exam. 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

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 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 Textbook: Horticulturist’s Certification Study Guide may be purchased in the online bookstore at  Please have copy before the first class.

Tues, Nov 19-Mar 17, 2020, 6-9:30 pm (no class Dec 24 & 31), Lincroft
Fee and Code: $1540 (plus text), XBUSS 096

If you wish to take the course and do not meet the requirements to take the exam, the exam fee will be refunded to you after the course begins.

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 is currently Farm Manager at Cousins’ Garden. She can also be found in her English Cottage garden which she designed and installed at her home.

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