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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. 12 - 6:00 pm Supply List
Garden Design Implementation Wed., Jan. 13 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Graphics, Winter Session Thu., Jan. 14 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Business of Gardening Sat., Jan. 16 - 10:00 am
Introduction to Professional Practice, Winter Session Wed., Jan. 20 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Gardening Techniques: Session B Sat., Jan. 23 - 7:30 am Supply List
Botany 1, Spring Evening Session Wed., Mar. 2 - 6:30 pm
Gardening Techniques: Session C Sat., Mar. 19 - 7:30 am
Hardy Bulbs Tue., Mar. 22 - 6:30 pm
Hardy Bulbs Study CD Tue., Mar. 22 - 6:30 pm
Hardy Bulbs, Garden Walk A Thu., Mar. 24 - 9:00 am
Hardy Bulbs, Garden Walk B Sat., Mar. 26 - 9:00 am
Soil Basics: Spring Session Thu., Mar. 31 - 6:30 pm
Principles of Garden Design, Spring Session Wed., Apr. 20 - 6:30 pm
Botany 2, Spring Evening Session Mon., Apr. 25 - 6:30 pm
Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness Wed., May. 11 - 9:00 am
Small Flowering Trees Study CD Tue., May. 17 - 6:30 pm
Small Flowering Trees Tue., May. 17 - 6:30 pm
Small Flowering Trees, Garden Walk A Thu., May. 19 - 9:00 am
Small Flowering Trees, Garden Walk B Sat., May. 21 - 9:00 am