Understanding Plants

Understanding Plants

Continuing Education

Dates & Price

Online, self-paced with live-streamed sessions

June 6–August 8, 2022

Register by June 5, 2022

Fee: $179 by May 27; $189 after May 27

Fee for Innovators, Gardens Preferred, and Gardens Premium Members:  $161 by May 27; $170 after May 27


Ever wonder what a phrase such as “dentate margin” means? Improve your plant identification skills through a study of leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits. Look in detail at the methods (morphology) and terminology (nomenclature) used to describe plants throughout the seasons. Gain an understanding of the botanical system of plant names and how the plant kingdom is organized. This course covers important “groundwork” for anyone hoping to become a better gardener.

This is a fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You can participate anywhere that you have access to the internet. You will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire six weeks of the class and an additional six months after the course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online. There will be several scheduled live sessions with the instructor or guest speakers, but these are optional, will be recorded, and available to watch on your own time.

For an additional fee, you may choose to purchase an optional print copy of the online e-book that is included with the course.

This course counts as a six-week elective toward a Certificate in Landscape Design.


Laura Barth


Online, self-paced with optional live-streamed sessions

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