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Professional Gardener Certificate Program

Levels 1 and 2

In the Professional Gardener Certificate of Merit Program, students gain the fundamental knowledge and skills required of garden professionals. This training program features hands-on learning leading to a new career or career advancement in the green industry.

Who should participate? Aspiring professional gardeners, landscape technicians, landscape maintenance professionals, and other green industry individuals 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
Soils for the Gardener Thu., Aug. 6 - 9:00 am
The Facts Beyond NPK Thu., Aug. 27 - 9:00 am
Soil Basics, Intensive Session Sat., Sep. 5 - 9:00 am Supply List
Columnar Trees for Small Landscapes Wed., Sep. 9 - 6:30 pm
Botany 1 Wed., Sep. 16 - 6:30 pm Supply List
A Host of Golden Daffodils and More Sat., Sep. 19 - 1:00 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
Gardening Techniques: Session A Sat., Oct. 17 - 7:30 am
Botany 2 Mon., Nov. 2 - 6:30 pm