Certificate Programs

The Garden offers three certificate programs for adult learners:

  • Botanical Art & Illustration
  • Native Plant Studies
  • Therapeutic Horticulture

  • 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.

    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.


    Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture

    The Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture (CTH) provides comprehensive instruction to professionals and students in the health and allied health fields who wish to incorporate therapeutic horticulture into their practice. CTH is a series of 24 classes offered on weekends, providing classroom instruction, hands-on activities and field trips in therapeutic horticulture, horticulture, and other important topics relevant to this field. Class time totals to 70 hours. Instructors for these classes include AHTA registered horticultural therapists, NCBG horticulture staff, allied health professionals, and other accomplished experts in their respective fields. The classroom portion concludes with a take-home exam, and a 40-hour internship is required for graduation.

    Please see the CTH Handbook linked below for additional information including eligibility, policies, class listing and content, and faculty. Registration will open April 2. Please check back at that time for a link to registration.

  • Handbook
  • Schedule
  • Registration will open at 12 p.m. (noon) on Monday, April 2. The button below leads to a description page, which leads to the registration page.
  • View registration page

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