Certificate Programs

The Garden offers two certificate programs for adult learners. A $100 fee enrolls you in a certificate program. Please read below for details.

Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration

The Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration provides comprehensive courses to people who wish to improve their skills in drawing and painting plants in an accurate and technically detailed manner. Studies leading to the certificate will enhance the experience of both the professional and the dedicated amateur artist. The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background, visual arts theory, and practical experience using various media. Classes are taught by NCBG staff, and other area art and botany professionals.

Florida Azalea by Glenda Jones

Hibiscus coccineus by Ruta Shuller

Hydrangea by Chris Graebner

Fall Dance by Helen Conrad

Moon Vine by Kay Wyche

Moss Phlox by Joanne Lott

Venus Flytrap by Betsy Donovan

White Oak by Dale Morgan

Botanical Illustration students maintain a portfolio of the completed works from each illustration course. Graduating certificate students will exhibit their work in a special exhibit at the Garden. The above slide show features work of a few of our graduates.

Certificate in Native Plant Studies

The Certificate in Native Plant Studies expands on the Garden's mission by providing "a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to expand their knowledge and develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States." The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of the professional and dedicated amateur botanist and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area professionals.

We have compiled, below, some independent study projects by students in the Native Plant Studies Certificate Program:

Updated on March 08, 2017 at 12:16:20 pm.