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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
Principles of Garden Design, Spring Session Wed., Apr. 5 - 6:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Soil Basics: Spring Session Thu., Apr. 6 - 6:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Botany 2, Spring Evening Session Mon., Apr. 24 - 6:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Annuals and Biennials Study CD Tue., May. 2 - 6:30 pm
Annuals and Biennials Tue., May. 2 - 6:30 pm
Annuals and Biennials Thursday Garden Walks Thu., May. 4 - 9:00 am
Annuals and Biennials Saturday Garden Walks Sat., May. 6 - 9:00 am
Hardscape Basics Thu., Jun. 1 - 6:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Gardening Techniques: Session D Sat., Jun. 17 - 7:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Introduction to Grading and Drainage Wed., Jun. 21 - 6:30 pm PDF icon Supply List
Plant Health 2 Tue., Jul. 11 - 6:00 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Tue., Jul. 11 - 6:30 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Optional Study CD Tue., Jul. 11 - 6:30 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Jul. 13 - 9:00 am
Herbaceous Perennials Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Jul. 15 - 9:00 am
Soil Basics, Intensive Session Sat., Sep. 9 - 9:00 am
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Optional Study CD Tue., Sep. 12 - 6:30 pm
Conifers and Broad-Leaved Evergreens Tue., Sep. 12 - 6:30 pm
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Sep. 14 - 9:00 am
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Sep. 16 - 9:00 am
Botany 1 Mon., Sep. 18 - 6:30 pm
Gardening Techniques: Session A Sat., Oct. 7 - 7:30 am
Botany 2 Wed., Nov. 1 - 6:30 pm