Ornamental Plant Materials Certificate Program

In the Ornamental Plant Materials Certificate program, students develop knowledge of the ever-expanding variety of ornamentals well-suited for Northeastern Illinois. The program covers more than 500 plants, focusing on identification, cultural requirements, and use in gardens and the broader landscape.

Who should participate? Avid amateur gardeners and plant enthusiasts, aspiring horticulture professionals, horticulturists, garden designers, and landscape architects 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
Dwarf Conifers Wed., Oct. 15 - 9:00 am
Hydrangeas are Hot Wed., Oct. 22 - 6:30 pm
Ferns for the Chicago Regions Sat., Oct. 25 - 9:00 am
Espalier Basics Sat., Nov. 8 - 9:00 am
Meet the Cultivars: Ground Covers and Vines Sat., Nov. 8 - 1:00 pm
Overview of Plant Propagation Sat., Nov. 15 - 9:00 am
Nativars in the Landscape Sat., Dec. 6 - 1:00 pm
Sustainable Gardener Series Sat., Jan. 17 - 11:00 am
Introduction to Sustainability Sat., Jan. 17 - 11:00 am
Business of Gardening Sat., Jan. 17 - 1:00 pm
Water Sat., Jan. 24 - 11:00 am
Soil Sat., Jan. 31 - 11:00 am
Materials and Energy Usage in a Sustainable Landscape Sat., Feb. 7 - 11:00 am
Plant Propagation Wed., Feb. 11 - 6:30 pm
Positive Economic Impacts for our Landscape Sat., Feb. 14 - 11:00 am
Social Impacts of Sustainability Sat., Feb. 21 - 11:00 am
Botany 1, Spring Evening Session Mon., Mar. 2 - 6:30 pm
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Study CD Tue., Mar. 10 - 9:00 am
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Tue., Mar. 10 - 6:30 pm
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Mar. 12 - 9:00 am
Deciduous Flowering Shrubs Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Mar. 14 - 9:00 am
Clematis Up Close Sat., Mar. 28 - 9:00 am
Best New Annuals for 2015 Sat., Apr. 25 - 1:00 pm
Annuals and Biennials Study CD Tue., May. 12 - 9:00 am
Annuals and Biennials Tue., May. 12 - 6:30 pm
Annuals and Biennials Thursday Garden Walks Thu., May. 14 - 9:00 am
Annuals and Biennials Saturday Garden Walks Sat., May. 16 - 9:00 am