Certificate Programs


This program is designed for people who plan to pursue a career in the horticulture industries and for highly motivated home gardeners who want an in-depth understanding of plants and gardens. Horticulture certificate courses impart broad knowledge of plant growth and plant uses, with a focus on horticulture in an urban environment. Many students use the certificate to prepare for entry-level positions in the horticulture industry or to seek advancement in their current profession.

Courses combine lectures with hands-on learning and are taught at a community college level and require a significant investment of personal time in addition to class hours. You must attend two-thirds of the class sessions and achieve a passing grade (70% or higher) on the final exam or project to pass each course. Upon successful completion of all eight courses, you will receive an official Certificate of Merit from Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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Please send any questions about the Certificate in Horticulture at Brooklyn Botanic Garden to continuinged@bbg.org.

Classes may be taken in any order, but it is recommended that students start with beginning courses, moving on to secondary and then final courses.

Beginning Courses

  • Botany for Horticulturists
  • Soil Management
  • Urban Garden Maintenance

Secondary Courses

  • Herbaceous Landscape Plant Identification
  • Woody Landscape Plant Identification

Final Courses

  • Pest Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Urban Garden Design

The Certificate in Floral Design is ideal for people who plan to pursue a career in the floral design industry or for motivated hobbyists. The curriculum includes eight courses, taught by experienced floral designers. You must attend two-thirds of the class sessions to pass each course. Students who successfully complete all eight courses receive an official Certificate of Completion from BBG. To qualify for a certificate, all classes must be registered through BBG. Classes taken at other floral schools may not apply toward the certificate unless the class is offered in partnership with BBG or credit is preapproved by the Continuing Education Department.

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Please send any questions about the Certificate in Floral Design at Brooklyn Botanic Garden to continuinged@bbg.org.

Both Basic and Intermediate Flower Arranging (or comparable experience with approval) are prerequisites for the other courses, which may be taken in any order.

Required Classes

  • Basic Flower Arranging
  • Intermediate Flower Arranging
  • Wedding Arrangements
  • Sympathy Designs
  • Designs of the Times
  • Foliage Designs and Plant Care
  • Business Essentials
  • Silk and Dried Arrangements
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