In Collaboration with Berkshire Community College
Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Download a printable copy of the Horticulture Certificate Brochure here: Horticulture Certificate
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:
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.
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.
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. To find out more about this program, an optional informational meeting will be held Tuesday, August 6 at 5 pm and repeated Tuesday, August 27at 5pm at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. To register for these informal meetings, call 413-298-3926.
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.