Sustainable Urban Horticulture

Urban Sustainable HorticultureThis certificate will focus on the environmental, social and economic implications of horticulture in our cities. The courses will address land management practices and choices that will maintain plants intended for use in urban landscape design. 

Sustainable urban horticulture includes:

  • Social sustainability - maximize the personal connection to nature and the enjoyment of gardens and plants
  • Ecological sustainability and stewardship - minimize the ecological footprint of the garden and maximize the relevance of gardens and green spaces to promote natural biodiversity
  • Micro-economic sustainability - add to aesthetic and property values through innovative landscape design.

this program is designed for urban gardeners, landscape designers and builders, naturalists, environmental advocates, municipal planners, public gardens staff, conservationists, nurseries and growers, and Business Improvement Area (BIA) members

Sustainable Urban Horticulture Certificate

Certificate Courses 

The following courses can be taken individually or as part of the certificate program in any order:

Core Courses

Theory and Principles of Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture 

Fundamentals of the Role of Plants in Urban Sustainability 

Naturalizing and Restoring Urban Gardens

Business Management Principles 

Elective Courses (choose one)

Ecology of Gardens and Landscapes in an Urban Environment

Introduction to Plant Identification

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion the certificate, you will be able to:

  • Make effective use of practical and applied design strategies to determine and offer meaningful solutions to sustainable urban design problems
  • Identify and recall plant materials that will have a desired impact on sustainable urban landscapes
  • Formulate creative new strategies that will effectively develop and manage sustainable urban landscapes
  • Develop a business plan with the financial knowledge and skills to launch and maintain a landscape business