Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Horticulture Training

Horticulture Training

Successful completion of six core courses is required to obtain this certificate and will also prepare the student for the Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) examination, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nurseryman’s Association. Four of the courses are listed below. Two others—Evergreen Trees and Shrubs; and Landscape/Retail Business—will be offered in the fall semester. Individual courses are open to all; pursuit of Certificate not required. 

Landscape Design
We will cover the landscape design process from meeting client, analyzing site, measuring, designing, presentation, and installation. We will look at many examples of plant combinations in bloom, foliage, fruit, and fragrance for foundation and border plantings.

CAR 3847 / Length: 16 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $159; Non-Sponsoring $209

CRN 2689 Mondays
Jan. 13-March 2
7-9 p.m. Marple

Landscape/Retail Business
We will cover estimating jobs, insurances, bookkeeping, and sales tax. We will talk about plant propagation, digging trees and shrubs, diseases and insects of plants. We will cover installation of concrete pavers. For garden centers, we will cover how to get people to visit, shop and buy, and return.

CAR 3849 / Length: 16 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $159; Non-Sponsoring $209

CRN 2284 Wednesdays
Jan. 15-March 4
7-9 p.m. Marple

Evergreen Trees & Shrubs
Students learn about selected evergreens in our planting zone. Learn the Genus, Species, and Cultivars. We will cover identification keys.

CAR 3848 / Length: 16 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $159; Non-Sponsoring $209

CRN 2690 Tuesdays
Jan. 14-March 3
7-9 p.m. Marple

Vegetable Garden Workshop
Learn the basics of planting a garden, from planning out and designing the garden space to choosing the best vegetables to grow in your area.

CAR 3848 / Length: 16 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $29; Non-Sponsoring $49

CRN 2691 Wednesday
April 8
1-3 p.m. Marple
CRN 2692 Wednesday
April 15
7-9 p.m. Marple