Horticulture and Gardening Certificate
From propagating an heirloom tomato, to field trips, or calculating the water carrying capacity of your soil, the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate provides the science and the skills to expand your knowledge. Our instructors are scientists, contractors and landscape architects with a passion for growing plants.
The Certificate also offers people with a desire to "play in the dirt" horticultural know-how to properly and successfully create outdoor areas that will be the envy of their neighbors. Patios, front yards or kitchen gardens, the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate gives students the confidence to successfully grow plants anywhere.
The Certificate provides a solid foundation in plant biology, soil health, plant identification, and horticultural care. Our courses combine environmental stewardship with the art and science of horticulture. Completion of the Certificate inspires and enables students to: propagate, grow, and maintain plants; understand environmental systems employing the principles of soils, water, botany, and horticulture; identify and treat plant health issues, including common pests and microbial diseases; identify and categorize 200 regional and state plants by common name, genus, and species; understand plant water needs and methods of application; choose and place plants, add amendments according to soil, water and solar orientation so that plants survive, reproduce and thrive.
The curriculum consists of 7 required courses (28 units) and 2-3 electives (8 units) for a total of 36 units. Candidates begin with the two science core courses, Biology X 494: Introduction to Horticulture or Biology X 496.2: General Botany for Gardeners and complete the certificate in 15-18 months taking two courses a quarter.
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We offer electives every quarter with new electives added frequently. 8 elective units from the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate Program or other approved disciplines must be taken to complete the Certificate. Above are examples of past electives.
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