Certificate in Horticulture

This program is designed for people who plan to pursue a career in the horticulture industries and for highly motivated home gardeners who want an in-depth understanding of plants and gardens. Horticulture certificate courses impart broad knowledge of plant growth and plant uses, with a focus on horticulture in an urban environment. Many students use the certificate to prepare for entry-level positions in the horticulture industry or to seek advancement in their current profession.

Courses combine lectures with hands-on learning and are taught at a community college level and require a significant investment of personal time in addition to class hours. You must attend two-thirds of the class sessions and achieve a passing grade (70% or higher) on the final exam or project to pass each course. Upon successful completion of all eight courses, you will receive an official Certificate of Merit from Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Horticulture Certificate Guidelines (PDF) ›

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Please send any questions about the Certificate in Horticulture at Brooklyn Botanic Garden to [email protected].

Course Work

Classes may be taken in any order, but it is recommended that students start with beginning courses, moving on to secondary and then final courses.

Beginning Courses

  • Botany for Horticulturists
  • Soil Management
  • Urban Garden Maintenance

Secondary Courses

  • Herbaceous Landscape Plant Identification
  • Woody Landscape Plant Identification

Final Courses

  • Plant Health Care
  • Plant Propagation
  • Urban Garden Design


Brooklyn Botanic Garden is no longer granting Certificates in Floral Design. For any inquiries regarding this change, please contact [email protected].

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