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
Materials and Energy Usage in a Sustainable Landscape Sat., Feb. 7 - 11:00 am
Plant Propagation Wed., Feb. 11 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Positive Economic Impacts for our Landscape Sat., Feb. 14 - 11:00 am
Social Impacts of Sustainability Sat., Feb. 21 - 11:00 am
Botany 1, Spring Evening Session Mon., Mar. 2 - 6:30 pm Supply List
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
Clematis Up Close Sat., Mar. 28 - 9:00 am
Vibrant Viburnums Wed., Apr. 15 - 6:30 pm
Best New Annuals for 2015 Sat., Apr. 25 - 1:00 pm
Magnolias Wed., Apr. 29 - 9:00 am
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
Ornamental Grasses Thu., May. 21 - 6:30 pm
Success with Rhododendrons Sat., May. 23 - 1:00 pm
Organic Pests and Disease Wed., Jun. 3 - 6:30 pm
Meet the Cultivars: Deciduous Trees Sat., Jun. 6 - 1:00 pm
Healthy Gardens Wed., Jun. 10 - 6:30 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Tue., Jul. 14 - 6:30 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Optional Study CD Tue., Jul. 14 - 6:30 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Jul. 16 - 9:00 am
Herbaceous Perennials Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Jul. 18 - 9:00 am