Certificate program


First-year horticulture

Two semesters
September 8, 2014–May 11, 2015
Mondays, 8:30 am–4:15 pm

$2,550; members $2,295
Register online or call 215.278.7200

All classes meet once a week in the
Barnes Residence, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion

Courses include:

Herbaceous Plants
Instructor: Harriet Cramer, garden designer, writer, lecturer
28 weeks, 56 hours

Discover over 200 perennials, annuals, bulbs, ornamental grasses, and ferns. Learn their growth habits, attributes, and cultural requirements; characteristics of major plant families; and how to select plants for landscape designs. Also covered are planting design and approaches for combining plants in garden settings. Students perform small-scale design exercises to learn about creating plant compositions and grouping plants with similar cultural characteristics. 

Soil Science
Instructor: Scott Guiser, MS in Horticulture
10 weeks, 15 hours
Good soils are the foundation of plant health. Learn about the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils that promote optimum plant growth. Topics include soil amendments, fertilizers, compost, and soil testing. 

Art Appreciation for Horticulturists
John Gatti, MFA, Senior Instructor for Art and Aesthetics at the Barnes Foundation
4 weeks, 6 hours
An introduction to the Barnes art collection, this seminar addresses the creative process through an exploration of visual art. Students expand their visual perception with a study of the —formal properties of light, line, color, and space.

Instructor: Dan Duran, PhD, Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Sciences at Drexel University
14 weeks, 21 hours
This course introduces the major topics of ecology: the interactions of species with their physical environment and with other living things, including the aspects of predation, herbivory, competition, and mutualisms. Emphasis is on how ecology relates to human health, agriculture, and horticulture, with a focus on local plants and animals. Students learn the role plants play in an ecosystem and how this can make horticulture more sustainable.

Learning from the Landscape field study and observation 
Instructor: Mary Butler, horticulturist
28 weeks, 42 hours
By observing colors, textures, shapes, scents, and ornamental features learn to assess the use of plants in landscape design. Become familiar with technical nomenclature and learn to identify plants by their Latin names. Students keep a field journal to track the growth, seasonal changes, and landscape value of plants. Focuses are the evaluation of seasonal changes; significant characteristics of plants, such as flower, fruit, and ornamental qualities; and growth habits, including arrangements, color, and texture of leaves.

Instructor: Ann Mickle, professor at LaSalle University
28 weeks, 42 hours
Discover the general structure and function of higher plants through the study of typical morphology and physiology at the cell, tissue, organ, and plant levels. Topics include cell division (mitosis and meiosis); the structure of basic food chains and webs; organisms classified as plants and organisms historically grouped with plants; the human relevance of plants; and the evolutionary advances to seed plants. 


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Second and third year courses

Course listings are available online for Second-year and Third-year 


Members receive 10% off the cost of class tuition. Become a Barnes member today.


For more information, please contact Horticulture Program Coordinator Nicole Juday by email or call 215.278.7373.