Professional Gardener Certificate Program

Levels 1 and 2

In the Professional Gardener Certificate of Merit Program, students gain the fundamental knowledge and skills required of garden professionals. This training program features hands-on learning leading to a new career or career advancement in the green industry.

Who should participate? Aspiring professional gardeners, landscape technicians, landscape maintenance professionals, and other green industry individuals 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
Gardening Techniques: Session A Sat., Oct. 11 - 7:30 am
Botany 2 Mon., Oct. 27 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Plant Health 1, Winter Session Tue., Jan. 13 - 6:30 pm
Graphics, Winter Session Thu., Jan. 15 - 6:30 pm
Introduction to Professional Practice, Winter Session Wed., Jan. 21 - 6:30 pm
Gardening Techniques: Session B Sat., Jan. 31 - 7:30 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
Gardening Techniques: Session C Sat., Mar. 28 - 7:30 am
Soil Basics: Spring Session Thu., Apr. 9 - 6:30 pm
Principles of Garden Design, Spring Session Wed., Apr. 22 - 6:30 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