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Program Details

Horticulture and Gardening Certificate


Estimated Tuition Candidacy Fees Action
$4,500.00 $75.00
The Gardening And Horticulture Certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to explore or further career goals in gardening, as well as for practicing gardeners and others who wish to acquire or expand their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment in gardening and horticulture.

The program provides an educational foundation, offering both classroom instruction and practical training, while preparing students for certification in the field of gardening and horticulture. The majority of our instructors and guest speakers are professionals currently practicing in gardening-and horticulture-related fields.

The curriculum consists of seven required courses and two electives. Certificate students must successfully complete either Introduction to Horticulture of General Botany for Gardeners prior to enrolling in other core classes.


  • SU=Summer
  • FA=Fall
  • WI=Winter
  • SP=Spring
Use the grid displayed below to check for typical availability.
Required  Units Typical Availability
BIOLGY X 494 Introduction to Horticulture 4.00 SU WI
BIOLGY X 496.2 General Botany for Gardeners 4.00 FA SP
BIOLGY X 498.2 Horticultural Pest Control 4.00 FA
BIOLGY X 497.5 Gardening Practices and Techniques 4.00 SP
BIOLGY X 499 Plant Materials for Landscape Use 4.00 SP
BIOLGY X 493.2 Soils and Fertilizers 4.00 WI
BIOLGY X 424.4 Plant Identification and Taxonomy 4.00 WI
Electives (8.00 units from the following list) Units Typical Availability
ARCH X 472 Introduction to the Landscape Design Professions 4.00 SU FA
ARCH X 472.12D Introduction to Drip Irrigation 3.00 WI
ARCH X 472.6A History of the Designed Landscape I 4.00 SU WI
ARCH X 472.6B History of the Designed Landscape II 4.00 FA SP
ARCH X 493.33 Fundamentals of Exterior Lighting 2.00 FA
ARCH X 494.65 Scientific Illustration and Plant Identification 3.00 WI
BIOLGY X 489.6 Modern Backyard Food Production: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Save 4.00 FA
BIOLGY X 492.67 Basic Arboriculture 4.00 SP
BIOLGY X 492.68 Advanced Arboricultural Practices 4.00 SU
BIOLGY X 497.19 Planting Design for the Home Gardener 4.00 WI
BIOLGY X 497.30 The Art and Practice of Pruning 2.00 SU
BIOLGY X 497.35 Plant Propagation for Gardeners 4.00 WI
BIOLGY X 498.10 Greener Gardens: Sustainable Garden Practice 4.00 SP
BIOLGY X 498.3 Container Gardening: Patios, Balconies, and Beyond 2.00 SU
BIOLGY X 498.7 California Native Plant Garden Design 2.00 FA
BIOLGY X 499.3 Building a Garden Ecology with California Natives 2.00 FA


We offer electives every quarter with new electives added frequently. Above are examples of some past electives.

Estimated Cost

Candidacy Fee: $75.00

Estimated Program Tuition: $4,500.00

Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $500.00

Estimated Total Cost: $5,050.00


Contact: Melissa McDonald, (310) 825-9414 or mmcdonald@unex.ucla.edu

Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Open
VA Approved?: Yes
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 12 quarters
Internships Available: No
Program ID: CF020

Additional Information

Please note: candidacy and application fees are not transferable or refundable.

Students in certificate programs may repeat once for credit only those courses in which they receive a grade of C-, D, F, NP, or U. A course in which a grade of C-, D or F has been earned may not be repeated for credit on a Passed/Not Passed basis. No more than a single instance of earned credit for any course will count toward minimum unit requirements for completing a certificate program, or for assessing continuing progress with respect to financial aid, or the status of international students on F1 visas.

All certificate programs at UCLA Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. If you would like to refine your English language proficiency prior to beginning one of our programs, we offer English as a Second Language programs and an array of classes in Communication and Learning Skills.

UCLA Extension may change the content and course requirements of a certificate program at any time. To prevent being impacted by possible changes in the course requirements, students are encouraged strongly to enroll in the certificate of their choice as early as possible following their selection of a program. Only those whose paid certificate application fees have been accepted are assured of completion of a certificate under its current requirements. Courses within the curriculum are expected to be completed by the end of normal candidacy which is cited above. Candidacies can be renewed under certain circumstances. Students with older records may be required to repeat material to ensure its relevance.

Students who complete their curriculum with an earned GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the notation "earned with distinction" posted to their transcript and printed on their certificates. For other information about candidacies and the service environment, see about certificate candidacy.

UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program was developed and is administered in accordance with regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

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