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Garden Design Certificate Program

This unique curriculum provides the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as a garden design professional. It features a solid foundation in plantsmanship and science-based gardening techniques, both of which are essential to creating successful gardens for a wide spectrum of projects, — from private residences to municipal plantings.

Who should participate? Aspiring professional garden designers, and gardeners and garden designers seeking professional development. There are no prerequisites for this program, and no prior horticulture experience is needed.

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Current Courses

Online registration is unavailable 24 hours prior to the class start date. You may still register by calling (847) 835-8261.

Class Title Start Date Supply List
Plant Health 1, Winter Session Tue., Jan. 10 - 6:00 pm PDF icon Supply List
Introduction to Professional Practice, Winter Session Wed., Jan. 11 - 6:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Garden Design Implementation Wed., Jan. 11 - 6:30 pm
Graphics, Winter Session Thu., Jan. 12 - 6:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Business of Gardening Sat., Jan. 21 - 10:30 am PDF icon Supply List
Gardening Techniques: Session B Sat., Jan. 28 - 7:30 am
Botany 1, Spring Afternoon Session Mon., Mar. 6 - 2:00 pm
Botany 1, Spring Evening Session Mon., Mar. 6 - 6:30 pm
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Study CD Tue., Mar. 14 - 6:30 pm
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Tue., Mar. 14 - 6:30 pm
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Mar. 16 - 9:00 am
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Mar. 18 - 9:00 am
Gardening Techniques: Session C Sat., Mar. 25 - 7:30 am
Principles of Garden Design, Spring Session Wed., Apr. 5 - 6:30 pm
Soil Basics: Spring Session Thu., Apr. 6 - 6:30 pm
Landscape Section and Elevation Drawing Studio Mon., Apr. 24 - 6:30 pm
Botany 2, Spring Evening Session Mon., Apr. 24 - 6:30 pm
Annuals and Biennials Study CD Tue., May. 2 - 6:30 pm
Annuals and Biennials Tue., May. 2 - 6:30 pm
Annuals and Biennials Thursday Garden Walks Thu., May. 4 - 9:00 am
Annuals and Biennials Saturday Garden Walks Sat., May. 6 - 9:00 am
Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness Wed., May. 10 - 9:00 am