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Full-Year Horticulture Certificate Program

July 1, 2023 Midnight to April 28, 2024 Midnight

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.

Core Curriculum

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.

Students who wish to apply for financial assistance should use this form or contact

learn more about the Horticulture Certificate Program

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