Brookdale Community College is offering two hortic
Fundamentals of Horticulture Certificate Molly A. Gearty, ASHS Certified Horticulturist 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 and 75% passing score on mid and final assessments based on course content. Students not seeking a certificate may choose to audit the class. This course is also helpful to students that want to review the basics before taking the advanced horticulture (CH) course. 12 SESSIONS Wed, Mar 6-May 22, 6-9 pm Fee and Code: $824, XBUSS 092 Certified Horticulturist (CH) Exam Preparation American Society for Horticultural Science Molly A. Gearty, ASHS Certified Horticulturist This program is for individuals who are employed or plan to enter the field of Horticulture or have completed the Fundamentals of Horticulture course and want to get a deeper understanding of Horticultural practices. In addition to providing an excellent career and professional development learning opportunity, this course helps you prepare for the rigorous four-hour ASHS Certified Horticulturist certification exam. Let clients, consumers, and employers know that you possess the knowledge and skill of a professional by becoming a Certified Horticulturalist, a national credential. In this 56-hour instructor-led program, plus field trips, gain hands-on practical training in Brookdale’s greenhouse. Explore the following areas of study: • Landscape design and maintenance • Production of fruits, vegetables, turf, and ornamental plants • Shipping and handling of final product • Propagation • Monitoring and testing • Diagnosing and managing plant problems • Business practices WHO SHOULD ATTEND: landscapers; employees of botanical gardens, nurseries, floral shops, horticulture suppliers; owners and employees of seed, sod, vegetable, fruit and nut production companies; pest control advisors; fertilizer company workers; greenhouse workers; golf course and sport field managers. Before signing up for this course, it is essential that you read and understand all of the details and requirement of the ASHS-CH program at www.ashs.org. Review requirements for passing the certification test, required experience, maintaining certification, retesting fee, etc. 16 CLASS SESSIONS plus two 4-hour Saturday field trips. Note: Required Textbook: Horticulturist's Certification Study Guide may be purchased in the online bookstore at www.ashs.org Please have copy before the first class. Tues, Apr 2-Jul 16, 6-9:30 pm plus two Saturday field trips TBD Fee and Code: $1520, (includes ASHS certification exam fee), XBUSS 096 If you wish to take the course and do not meet the requirements to take the exam, the exam fee will be refunded to you after the course begins. For more information about the courses and registration, please visit: https://www.brookdalecc.edu/continuinged/careerdevelopment/horticulture/. About the Instructor: 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. Ms. Gearty has worked at a children’s garden, managed a five-acre rosarium, and is currently Farm Manager at Cousins’ Garden. She can also be found in her English Cottage garden which she designed and installed at her home.