Gardening Certificate Program


The NYBG Gardening Certificate Program provides in depth courses on sustainable gardening techniques, soil science, plant propagation, and garden maintenance design for the home gardener.  Regional experts guide you through the art and science of plant selection and care for home or small-scale residential/urban/community gardens and greening projects.

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Create beautiful and ecologically sound gardens that combine trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs.
  • Be proficient in identifying, selecting, cultivating, and caring for trees and shrubs, vegetables, flowers, and fruits.
  • Have the confidence to grow and care for a home, terrace, or community garden.
  • Understand the essential concepts of sustainable gardening practices for trees, shrubs, lawns, and perennials and vegetables.


COURSES CODE                     HOURS
Fundamentals of Gardening GAR 301   12
Introduction to Plant Science HRT 300   16
Soil Science for Gardeners GAR 302   12
Gardening with Native Plants
GAR 315   8
Insect Identification and Management GAR 320   12
Disease Identification and Management   GAR 324   12
Fundamentals of Garden Design GAR 342 P 12
Vegetable Gardening GAR 431 P 12
Complete Garden Care and Maintenance GAR 440 P 18
Pruning Principles and Practices HRT 321 P 15
Plants for Landscaping HRT 358   16
Plant Propagation I: Basic Principles                             HRT 411 P 18
Elective GAR or HRT courses     23



Elective course offerings vary with every catalog season. Browse our Certificate Electives page to discover what's currently scheduled.


P = Courses with a prerequisite before you can register.

For classes with no current session available, please check back when we announce the next season of classes.