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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
Botany 1 Wed., Sep. 16 - 6:30 pm Supply List
A Host of Golden Daffodils and More Sat., Sep. 19 - 1:00 pm
Conifers and Broad-Leaved Evergreens Tue., Sep. 29 - 6:30 pm
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Optional Study CD Tue., Sep. 29 - 6:30 pm
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Oct. 1 - 9:00 am
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Oct. 3 - 9:00 am
Wildlife Habitat Series Sat., Oct. 3 - 1:00 pm
Food Sat., Oct. 3 - 1:00 pm
Sorting Out Plant Names Sat., Oct. 3 - 1:00 pm
Water Sat., Oct. 10 - 1:00 pm
Shelter Sat., Oct. 17 - 1:00 pm
Places to Raise Young Sat., Oct. 24 - 1:00 pm
Sustainable Gardening Practices Sat., Oct. 31 - 1:00 pm