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Garden Design Certificate Program

This unique curriculum provides the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as a garden design professional. It features a solid foundation in plantsmanship and science-based gardening techniques, both of which are essential to creating successful gardens for a wide spectrum of projects, — from private residences to municipal plantings.

Who should participate? Aspiring professional garden designers, and gardeners and garden designers seeking professional development. There are no prerequisites for this program, and no prior horticulture experience is needed.

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Current Courses

Online registration is unavailable 24 hours prior to the class start date. You may still register by calling (847) 835-8261.

Class Title Start Date Supply List
Introduction to Grading and Drainage Wed., Jun. 17 - 6:30 pm Supply List
Gardening Techniques: Session D Sat., Jun. 20 - 7:30 am Supply List
Plant Health 2 Tue., Jul. 7 - 6:00 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Tue., Jul. 14 - 6:30 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Optional Study CD Tue., Jul. 14 - 6:30 pm
Herbaceous Perennials Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Jul. 16 - 9:00 am
Herbaceous Perennials Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Jul. 18 - 9:00 am
Soil Basics, Intensive Session Sat., Sep. 5 - 9:00 am
Planting Design Wed., Sep. 9 - 6:30 pm
Botany 1 Wed., Sep. 16 - 6:30 pm
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Optional Study CD Tue., Sep. 29 - 6:30 pm
Conifers and Broad-Leaved Evergreens Tue., Sep. 29 - 6:30 pm
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Thursday Garden Walks Thu., Oct. 1 - 9:00 am
Conifers and Broad-leaved Evergreens Saturday Garden Walks Sat., Oct. 3 - 9:00 am