Online Non-Credit Courses

Learn to identify and appreciate commonly used plants on your own schedule. NC State University Department of Horticultural Science is partnering with Longwood Gardens to provide a fully-online introduction to plant identification. These courses will introduce you to plants that can be grown throughout the nation. Key identifying characteristics as well as best uses in the landscape are shared through photo stories, video presentations, online fact pages, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games and hundreds of beautiful images. These courses include some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

This is an asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit course.  You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet.  You will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class and for 6 months after the course ends.  There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online. While it is possible to complete much of the course on a mobile device, some of the course activities use Flash applications and will require a full web browser on a computer to complete.  The course was not designed for use on a mobile phone or other device with a small screen.  A tablet or computer are required for an optimal experience.

In addition to the course fee you may choose to purchase an optional hard copy of the online ebook that is included with the course.  Book price varies so check for each course.

Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers: Identification and Use

Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers: Identification and Use
Explore the world of traditional woody plants including flowering trees, shrubs, and conifers by examining 45 plants that do well across the country. Learn cultural information about these structural plantings and their use in the landscape.  With a fully-online format you can expand your plant palette when most convenient for you. Through photo-stories, video presentations, online fact pages, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games, mystery plants and hundreds of beautiful images you will learn the vocabulary to describe the key identifying characteristics of these plants and how best to use them in the landscape.  This is one of three separate courses each focused on different plant groupings and each including some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

This is an asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet.  Course resources will be available  24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class and (un-facilitated) for 6 months after the course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online.  Please be aware that this is an introductory class to plants widely used in consumer horticulture.

To participate in the class students must have access to the internet and a digital camera (smart phone is fine) to take images to submit as a part of assignments. This course was designed for use on a desktop laptop, or tablet.  It is possible to view it on a phone, but not optimal.

The course counts as a 3-week elective towards Longwood Garden’s Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture and includes 4-month access to the living collection at Longwood Gardens. Bring proof of course registration for admissions and get the opportunity to view these plants in our seasonal displays and permanent collection.

This six-week online class will be offered October 21-November 25, 2019.  

 

Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants: Identification and Use

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Explore the edible side of the landscape with an introduction to vegetables, fruits, and herbs by examining 45 plants that do well across the country.  Then extend your growing season by learning to identify and cultivate bulbs and houseplants.  With a fully-online format you can expand your plant palette when most convenient for you. Through photo-stories, video presentations, online fact pages, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games, mystery plants and hundreds of beautiful images you will learn the vocabulary to describe the key identifying characteristics of these plants and how best to use them in the landscape.  This is one of three separate courses each focused on different plant groupings and each including some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

This is an asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet.  Course resources will be available  24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class and (un-facilitated) for 6 months after the course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online.  Please be aware that this is an introductory class to plants widely used in consumer horticulture.

To participate in the class students must have access to the internet and a digital camera (smart phone is fine) to take images to submit as a part of assignments. This course was designed for use on a desktop laptop, or tablet.  It is possible to view it on a phone, but not optimal.

The course counts as a 3-week elective towards Longwood Garden’s Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture and includes 4-month access to the living collection at Longwood Gardens. Bring proof of course registration for admissions and get the opportunity to view these plants in our seasonal displays and permanent collection.

This six-week online class goes from March 4 – April 12th, 2019                           .

Annuals, Perennials, Vines and Groundcovers: Identification and Use

This collection of plants will add a burst of color to your landscape with exciting textures and blooms by examining 45 plants that do well across the country. Learn to recognize and use these garden favorites to enhance your landscape . With a fully-online format you will get the chance to expand your plant palette at the times that are most convenient for you. Through photo-stories, video presentations, online fact pages, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games, mystery plants and hundreds of beautiful images you will learn the vocabulary to describe key identifying characteristics of these plants and how best to use them in the landscape.  This is one of three separate courses each focused on different plant groupings and each including some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

This is an asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet.  Course resources will be available  24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class and (un-facilitated) for 6 months after the course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online.  Please be aware that this is an introductory class to plants widely used in consumer horticulture.

To participate in the class students must have access to the internet and a digital camera (smart phone is fine) to take images to submit as a part of assignments. This course was designed for use on a desktop laptop, or tablet.  It is possible to view it on a phone, but not optimal.

The course counts as a 3-week elective towards Longwood Garden’s Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture and includes 4-month access to the living collection at Longwood Gardens. Bring proof of course registration for admissions and get the opportunity to view these plants in our seasonal displays and permanent collection.

 This six-week online class goes from July 8th – August 19, 2019.

 

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Dr. Lucy Bradley
Extension Specialist, Urban Horticulture
Department of Horticultural Science
121 Kilgore Hall, Campus Box 7609
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Phone: (919)-513-2001

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