Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
Enrollment begins July 1. Classes run from September through April.
The Horticulture Certificate Program is a non-credit, adult enrichment program designed for the professional, aspiring professional or serious home gardener. Students can choose either to 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.
Through seven core courses, Level I students learn material essential for a foundation in good gardening practices and are designed sequentially beginning in September and progressing through April.
Herbaceous Plants Tuesdays, Sept. 5 through 26
Understanding Woody Plants Tuesdays, Oct. 3 through 24
Soil Health and Structure Tuesdays, Oct. 31 through Nov. 21
Plant Health Care Tuesdays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 19
Plant Propagation Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6 through 7
Sustainable Garden Care and Maintenance Tuesdays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 20
Landscape Design I Tuesdays, March 12 through April 16
Students must complete an additional 15 hours of hands-on practicums. Practicums are offered seasonally and will be shared with students once they have registered.