In Collaboration with Berkshire Community College

Preview of Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

 Registration opens August 1, 2014

The Horticulture Certificate Program of the Berkshire Botanical Garden is a non-credit, adult enrichment program designed for the professional, aspiring professional or serious home gardener.  Students can choose to either take classes towards receiving a certificate or audit individual classes of interest.

Staffed by seasoned and practicing horticulturists and landscape designers, these in-depth classes provide a strong foundation for all horticultural pursuits—whether one is exploring or advancing career goals or simply acquiring or expanding their knowledge, skills and enjoyment of gardening. Classes include lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips.

The program is comprised of three levels of instruction:

         Level I Certificate 

         Level II Certificate

         Level III Certificate

This popular horticultural education program is held in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Courses meet on weekday evenings, with an occasional Saturday workshop. The program is designed to meet the needs of all people interested in gardening, regardless of their level of knowledge. Students who enroll in Level II or III courses are expected to have basic gardening knowledge.

Audit Students
Students who choose to attend classes on an audit basis will not be tracked for the certificate. Students can audit one or any number of courses of interest, and take the individual classes in any sequence.

Certificate Students
Students working toward a certificate are evaluated in each course and are required to complete all course work. Class attendance is mandatory, and it is the responsibility of the student to make up any work missed due to absence. A passing grade in all courses is required for certification.

For more information concerning the certificate requirements for this non-credit program, call Elisabeth Cary, Director of Education, Berkshire Botanical Garden, 413-298-3926 or email her at ecary@berkshirebotanical.org.

Registration and Payment
Register by phone with VISA/MC/AMEX/Discover through Berkshire Community College at 413-236-2127 or Berkshire Botanical Garden at 413-298-3926. Download a PDF of the registration form HERE and return it by mail or fax.

Refund Policy: Withdraw from a non-credit course at least one week before the first meeting and receive a 100% refund, less a $15 processing fee. No refund is given for withdrawals made less than one week before courses begin. If BCC cancels a course, receive a 100% refund of all fees. Withdrawal from a course requires direct formal notification to the Office of Lifelong Learning.

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