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Second Year Horticulture Certificate Program
Tuesdays, 8:30 am-4:15 pm
Beginning September 6 (28 weeks)
$2,750; members $2,475
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The curriculum includes Cultivated Trees and Shrubs, Herbaceous Plants, Garden Practicum, and History of Landscape.
Founded by Laura Leggett Barnes in 1940, the Arboretum School in Merion has educated generations of horticulturists, who have made significant contributions to the field. The twelve-acre Arboretum houses important collections of lilacs, peonies, roses, Japanese maples, viburnums, magnolias, and conifers, including over twenty state champion trees.
The three-year certificate program integrates the science, design, and methods of horticulture. The program's particular emphasis is on appreciation of aesthetics and practical application of knowledge. Active participation is fostered by small class sizes and engaging hands-on learning.
Students spend one day on campus each week during the 28-week academic year (September-May). Coursework is divided between classroom lectures, studio work, and experiential education using the Arboretum as a laboratory. Students work alongside instructors and horticulturists throughout the grounds and in the greenhouse. Barnes faculty are professionals from throughout the region, who are among the most highly regarded experts in their field. Learn more about the Barnes horticulture instructors.
Field trips are another important component of the program, and afford students the opportunity to visit remarkable gardens throughout the Delaware Valley, many of which are not otherwise open to the public.
Upon successful completion of the three-year program, students will be awarded a certificate in horticulture; in addition, graduates may elect to sit for the Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist exam, which is administered onsite.
Students are expected to complete quizzes and tests, write research papers, and participate in group projects. While the program is geared towards students with a serious interest in horticulture, no previous experience is necessary to enroll. For students not interested in completing the three-year certificate program, a number of courses are available individually with no prerequisites. Please contact Horticulture Education Coordinator Nicole Juday (215.278.7373) for more information.
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