Native Plant Horticulture and Design
Native Plant Horticulture and Design Certificates are awarded on the basis of completion of courses offered by the New England Wild Flower Society as well as the performance of a specified number of hours of community service to the Society and its mission. Our aim is to provide students with the necessary tools for work in service of preserving and promoting the use of native plants in a wide array of projects. Requirements are listed below.
Certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design
At least 6 of the required Core Courses
- Wildflowers of New England
- New England Native Shrubs
- Native Herbaceous Plants - Early Season and Native Herbaceous Plants - Late Season
- Native Woody Plant Materials
- Horticultural Techniques
- Residential Landscape Design (choose one series offered at different locations)
- Plant Form and Function
At least 4 Electives of your choosing from many offered
- And many others!
15 hours of Native Plant Community Service
- Volunteer at Garden in the Woods
- Volunteer at Nasami Farm
- New England Wild Flower Society Ambassadors
- Local Project of Choice
Click Here for Plant List for Hort Certificate Students (exel file). If you get an error message, click on Read Only.
Advanced Certificate in Native Plant Horticulture and Design
We also offer an Advanced Certificate program specifically tailored to meet the needs of students working in the professional arena or for those who wish to pursue further course work in their field of interest. This Certificate requires additional course work, and culminates in a Plant Community Service Leadership Project. Examples of past projects include publications, design and installation of community wildflower gardens, and research.
At least 3 of the required Core Courses
- Native Plant Materials for Professionals
- New England Plant Communities
- Sustainable Landscape Design
- Ecological Landscaping Techniques
- Professional Design Seminars (at least two of various offered)
At least 4 Electives of your choosing
- Gardening with Grasses of the Northeast
- Container Gardening
- Growing Trilliums, Lady's-Slippers, and Other Complicated Species
- Creating and Sustaining Meadows
- And many others!
At least 4 Horticultural and Design Trips
25 hours of Community Service as part of the Plant Community Service Leadership Project
Click Here for Plant List for Hort Certificate Students (exel file). If you get an error message, click on Read Only. See tab at bottom of excel file for the Advanced Checklist.