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Whether you have a blossoming interest in horticulture or want to hone your skills in the art of garden cultivation and management, the Barnes horticulture education program has something for you!
Our three-year certificate program offers a comprehensive course of study in the botanical sciences, horticultural practices, and garden aesthetics and design. Workshops range from floral design to wreath making. Space is limited, register today!
Horticulture workshops and classes take place in the classroom and on the grounds of our Merion campus. Our 12-acre Arboretum contains more than 2,500 taxa (species/subspecies/cultivars/hybrids) of woody plants and perennials. Some are rare specimens, and all are beautiful. A few of the highlights from the Barnes's living collections include a National Hosta Display Garden, a medicinal plants garden, the Laura L. Barnes fern dell, and the hidden gem of the Barnes Arboretum, an herbarium with over 10,000 preserved plant specimens; a special resource for horticulturalists, students, and artists.
Upcoming workshops include Floral Design, Introduction to Plant Taxonomy, and the annual Holiday Wreath Workshop. In addition, you can now sign up to take individual courses in the certificate program.
Since the creation of the Arboretum School under Laura Leggett Barnes in 1940, experienced instructors integrate classroom lectures, field study, hands-on practice, and visits to other gardens in this comprehensive program incorporating science, design, and plant knowledge. Take Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 classes individually or as part of the certificate program.