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To earn the Certificate of Merit, the student must satisfactorily complete the following core courses, receiving a minimum grade of 70% in each course. Core course grades will be based on assignments, class projects, and participation. Elective courses will be graded on a pass/non-pass basis. To receive credit toward a Certificate, students must complete an assignment. Small class size ensures low student-teacher ratios. Please register early.

Certificate Requirements

Please use the Certificate of Merit Student Tracking Sheet.

Core Courses

  • People, Plants, & Landscape Design
  • Landscape Design I
  • Landscape Design II (prerequisite required)
  • Sketching for Designers
  • Planting Design (prerequisite required)
  • Elements of Design Garden Tour
  • Sustainable Landscape and Design Theory (prerequisite required)
  • Three 6-week Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Horticulture courses

Electives

Minimum of three courses

  • A selection of elective courses will be offered every year. These offerings are subject to change from year to year.

Recommended Course Sequence

First courses (in any sequence):

  • Introduction to Graphic Communications
  • People, Plants, & Landscape Design
  • Landscape Design I
  • Sketching for Designers

Next courses (prerequisite required):

  • Sustainable Landscape and Design Theory
  • Landscape Design II
  • Planting Design

Take at any time:

  • Elements of Design Garden Tour
  • All electives

Completion of Certificate

Each year, Longwood celebrates the accomplishment of our graduates! If you have completed the requirements for one of our Certificates of Merit, join us for a celebration on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. To check your eligibility, please use the Certificate of Merit Student Tracking Sheet or call 610.388.5454. If you are eligible to graduate, please send your completed tracking sheet to the Continuing Education Office or email to help-ce@longwoodgardens.org. Confirmed candidates will receive detailed information in the fall.