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 for hobbyists and home gardeners who want to increase their knowledge and skill in horticulture. In this 36-hour program, understand the basics of horticulture, plant science, plant identification, soil science, and organic growing and farming. Gain hands-on experience in Brookdale’s greenhouse with emphasis on cultural practices and plant growth and development. 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 optional mid and final assessments based on course content. 12 SESSIONS

Note: Textbook required.
Wed, Mar 6-May 22, 6-9 pm
Fee and Code: $824, XBUSS 092

This program is eligible for Veterans Education Benefits

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 Review requirements for passing the certification test, required experience, maintaining certification, retesting fee, etc. 16 CLASS SESSIONS plus two 4-hour Saturday field trips.

Note: Textbook required.
Tues, Apr 2-Jul 16, 6-9:30 pm plus two Saturday field trips TBD
Fee and Code: $1520, (includes ASHS certification exam fee), 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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