Home Horticulture Certificate

Each garden is a unique combination of site, soil, climate, and the gardener who creates it. The Home Horticulture Certificate gives you the knowledge and skill to select plants successfully, and to develop, grow and maintain your home landscape.

The curriculum assists you in mastering the gardening techniques best suited for North Carolina gardens through lectures, demonstrations, field experiences and projects. The classes focused on native plants and systems will assist you in sustainable gardening. Enjoy learning from local experts and sharing your experiences with other gardeners.

You do not have to be enrolled in a certificate program to take a class. Everyone is welcome in certificate courses.

Participants already pursuing the certificate should continue to complete the requirements in place when they began. For people just beginning the certificate program, please see the requirements listed below.

Full listing of required courses:

For current programs scheduled, please see our class listings. Some required courses are offered seasonally. You may also read the gardening & horticulture class offerings in our Spring & Summer 2018 Programs & Events Guide (PDF).

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: four seasonal courses -- spring, summer, fall and winter
Basic Botany and Plant Growth
Gardening 101
Caring for Your Landscape

Forty class hours from elective courses are the minimum required to complete your certificate.


Forty class hours are the minimum required to complete your certificate. Elective topics may include:

landscape design
sustainable gardening
container gardening
hardscape installation
fruits and vegetables
landscapes for life
irrigation options
Zoom In series
Vegetation: The Ecology of Change

For more information or to enroll in a class or certificate program, please call the registrar’s office at 919-668-1707 or email gardenseducation@duke.edu.