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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
Plant Health 1, Winter Session Tue., Jan. 12 - 6:00 pm Supply List
Graphics, Winter Session Thu., Jan. 14 - 6:30 pm Supply List
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 Supply List
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
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
Small Flowering Trees Tue., May. 17 - 6:30 pm
Small Flowering Trees Study CD 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
Gardening Techniques: Session D Sat., Jun. 18 - 7:30 am