Continuing Education

Horticulture


NEW! Fundamentals Of Horticulture Certificate

Molly A. Gearty, horticultural professional

Prepare for a job in a retail or wholesale nursery, garden center, botanical garden, or learn to grow your own food for sale.  In this 36-hour program, understand the basics of horticulture and plant science while exploring the multifaceted career options in the horticulture industry. More and more people are turning to their gardens for a safe source of food and a place of peace in their busy lives.  Gain hands-on experience with emphasis on cultural practices and plant growth and development.  Topics include nursery management, landscape design, botanical gardens, horticulture therapy, and organic farming. Even go on a field trip.  Certificate awarded with 80% attendance and passing with a score of 75% the mid and final assessments. Required text available for purchase in college bookstore, Careers in Horticulture and Botany, by Jerry Garner.  12 SESSIONS

Wed, Sept 10-Dec 10, 2014, 6-9 pm (no class Sept 24 and Nov 26)
Fee and Code: $699 (plus text), XBUSS 092 W


Course Outline

WEEK 1
Introduction to Horticulture
Overview of career opportunities in Horticulture
Plant categories and identification

WEEK 2
Plant Identification lab
Discussion of student projects

WEEK 3
Plant Science 101
Tour of Brookdale’s greenhouse

WEEK 4
Fundamentals of landscape design

WEEK 5
Landscape design lab

WEEK 6
Nursery Management
Mid-Assessment

WEEK 7
Botanical Gardens

WEEK 8
Horticultural Therapy

WEEK 9

Evaluating your strengths and interests
Building a resume

WEEK 10
Landscape design student presentations

WEEK 11
Landscape design student presentations

WEEK 12
Creating a plan of action
Final-Assessment


Instructor Bio:

Molly Gearty received a bachelor of science degree from California Polytechnic University in ornamental horticulture with a minor in botany. Her professional experience includes working at botanical gardens and retail nurseries in California and New Jersey as well as teaching horticulture to both adults and children. Ms. Gearty has worked at a children’s garden, managed a five-acre rosarium, and along with her husband, designed and installed an English cottage garden at their home.

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