Second Year


Second-Year Horticulture

Two semesters
September 1-December 15
January 26- May 3
Tuesdays, 8:30-4:15

$2,750; members $2,475
Register online or call 215.278.7200

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

Cultivated Trees and Shrubs
Instructor: Kathy Salisbury, MS, horticulturist
28 weeks, 56 hours
Learn to use basic diagnostic tools to identify and compare woody trees, shrubs, and vines in the Barnes Arboretum and on field trips to local botanical gardens. Students become familiar with the cultural needs and landscape uses of trees, shrubs, and vines. This course also includes an introduction to the identification of common plant families, plant taxonomy, and nomenclature.

History of Gardens and Landscape Architecture
Instructor: Emily T. Cooperman, MS, PhD
28 weeks, 42 hours
By studying gardens throughout history, gain a comprehensive understanding of landscape design and horticulture. Emphasis is on major developments in the history of gardens, from Eastern and Western origins to contemporary design. Students take field trips to exemplary local gardens to discuss historical influences, special developments, design principles, and horticulture.

Garden Practicum
Instructor: Drew Lehrian, Barnes Arboretum Head Gardener
28 weeks, 42 hours
Through hands-on practice, students learn competent gardening skills in planning, planting, propagating, and maintaining various plants, landscape features, gardens, containers, and garden tools. Students are also introduced to a range of professional opportunities in the field.

Introduction to Landscape Design
Instructor: Linda Walczak, PLA, ASLA, principal at TEND Landscape, Inc.
14 weeks, 21 hours
This course introduces landscape design, emphasizing the practical application of design principals and theory. The process, techniques, and skills required to develop a design for an outdoor space are presented through project examples and complemented by design exercises and discussion with visiting practitioners. Topics include the design process, site analysis, the use of plants and other materials to shape outdoor space, the language of design, and graphic communication.


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