Course Description

This program is for individuals who want to prepare for an entry-level job in a nursery, garden center, or botanical garden as well as for hobbyists and home gardeners who want to increase their knowledge and skill in horticulture. In this 36-hour program, students will understand the basics of horticulture, plant science, plant identification, soil science and organic gardening and farming.  Gain hands-on experience in Brookdale’s greenhouse and create your own landscape design.  Find out about multifaceted career paths in horticulture such as horticulture therapy and landscape maintenance/design. Certificate awarded with 80% attendance, 75% passing score on mid and final assessments based on course content, and and completion of the garden design project. 12 SESSIONS. 

Interested in a payment plan option for this class? Call 732-224-2315.

Molly Gearty is a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science.  She 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 and teaching horticulture to both adults and children. She has worked at a children’s garden, managed a five-acre rosarium and was farm manager at Cousins’ Garden donation farm. Molly's newest venture is the launch of Back To The Garden, LLC, a garden design and consultation service that specializes in creating environmentally friendly sanctuaries that nurture both body and soul.  When her family moved to New Jersey in 2008, she had the delightful experience of designing and installing an English Cottage garden of her own.

Course Outline


WEEK 1 Introduction to Horticulture /Plant Nomenclature

WEEK 2 Plant Behavior/Trees and Shrubs

WEEK 3 Divisions Groups and Life Cycles/Perennials

WEEK 4 Plant Structures/Herbs

WEEK 5 Foodscaping, Edibles/test review

WEEK 6 Test 1/Principles of landscape design

WEEK 7 Picking, Planting and Pruning/Grasses & Natives

WEEK 8 Plant Reproduction/Annuals & Tropical’s

WEEK 9 Soil Science/Organic Farming

WEEK 10 Plant Diseases, Pests and Weeds/test review

WEEK 11 Test 2 /Greenhouse seed and plant exchange

WEEK 12 Landscape design presentation & celebration

Learner Outcomes


  • To become familiar with basic Horticultural principles and practices. 
  • To become familiar with plant materials and their culture. 
  • To explore the many career opportunities available in the field of Horticulture. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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