Second Year


Second-Year Horticulture certificate program

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

$2,750; members $2,475
Call 215.278.7200 for more information.

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
14 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.

Landscape Design I
Instructor: Jesse Forrester, RLA, Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects
7 weeks, 21 hours
This course introduces the concepts of design as students learn how the thoughtful manipulation of form can communicate feeling and meaning. Discover the importance of structure, organization, light, color and pattern, and composition to the landscape design process. Through a series of lectures and design exercises, students gain familiarity with design principles and vocabulary and learn basic visual communication through landscape graphics.

Landscape Design II
Instructor: Linda Walczak, PLA, ASLA, principal at TEND Landscape, Inc.
7 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.
Register for this course on an audit basis.

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