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.

Download a program brochure
Download a course overview chart

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 D Sat., Jun. 21 - 7:30 am Supply List
The Art of Graphics Mon., Jul. 7 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Ground Covers and Vines Tue., Jul. 8 - 6:30 pm Supply list
Ground Covers and Vines Study CD Tue., Jul. 8 - 6:30 pm
Ground Covers and Vines Garden Walk A Thu., Jul. 10 - 9:00 am
Ground Covers and Vines Garden Walk B Sat., Jul. 12 - 9:00 am
Plant Health 2 Mon., Jul. 21 - 6:00 pm Supply List
Sketching for Garden Designers Thu., Aug. 7 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Soil Basics, Intensive Session Sat., Sep. 6 - 9:00 am Supply List
Deciduous Trees Study CD Tue., Sep. 9 - 6:30 pm
Deciduous Trees Tue., Sep. 9 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Planting Design Wed., Sep. 10 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Garden Design Studio Wed., Sep. 10 - 6:30 pm
Deciduous Trees Garden Walk A Thu., Sep. 11 - 9:00 am
Deciduous Trees Garden Walk B Sat., Sep. 13 - 9:00 am
Botany 2 Mon., Oct. 27 - 6:30 pm Supply List