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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
Introduction to Sustainability Sat., Jan. 9 - 1:00 pm
Business of Gardening Sat., Jan. 16 - 10:00 am Supply List
Water Sat., Jan. 16 - 1:00 pm
Soil Sat., Jan. 23 - 1:00 pm
Materials and Energy Usage in a Sustainable Landscape Sat., Jan. 30 - 1:00 pm
Positive Economic Impacts for our Landscape Sat., Feb. 6 - 1:00 pm
Social Impacts of Sustainability Sat., Feb. 13 - 1:00 pm
Botany 1, Spring Evening Session Wed., Mar. 2 - 6:30 pm
Hardy Bulbs Study CD Tue., Mar. 22 - 6:30 pm
Hardy Bulbs 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
Clematis Up Close Sat., Mar. 26 - 1:00 pm
Best New Annuals for 2016 Sat., Apr. 30 - 1:00 pm
Crabapples Wed., May. 4 - 6:30 pm
Lilacs Sat., May. 7 - 12:00 pm
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
Soils for the Gardener Fri., Jun. 10 - 11:00 am