Course Description

This course is for students that wish to develop a deeper understanding of Horticultural practices. In this 36-hour class we will study plant families in depth and learn how to identify plants by utilizing plant keys in the field. We will continue to study botany, plant pathology, and landscape management. We will also deepen our skills at plant propagation and learn how to explore plant structures using a dissecting microscope. A certificate will be awarded with 80 percent attendance and 75 percent passing score on mid and final assessment based on course content.

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 Plant Classification and Identification/Mint family

WEEK 2 Plant Structures and Functions

WEEK 3 Name that plant - Identifying plants in the field/Grass family

WEEK 4 Plant Biology and Ecosystems/Parsley family

WEEK 5 Asexual and Sexual Plant Reproduction/Pea family

WEEK 6 Test 1/Rose family

WEEK 7 Methods of Plant Propagation/Mustard family

WEEK 8 Adaptations, Behavior, and Mutualism/Aster family

WEEK 9 Fungi and Lichens/Lily family

WEEK 10 Organic Landscape Management

WEEK 11 Floriculture

WEEK 12 Test 2/greenhouse wrap up/plant and seed exchange

Learner Outcomes


  • To review Horticultural principles and practices.
  • Deepen understanding of Botany.
  • Develop skills in plant propagation. 
  • Become familiar with plant families and develop Field Identification skills. 


The completion of the Fundamentals of Horticulture course is recommended.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Fundamentals of Horticulture - II
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 19, 2023 to Dec 19, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $899.00
Service charge(s)
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 12, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 12, 2023
Section Notes

Installment plan option: initial payment $325, then two payments of $299.50. 

Please call 732-224-2315 to enroll in the payment plan.

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