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Horticulture class

The Department of Earth and Environment’s Agroecology Program recently held its 2019 Horticulture Professional Certificate Workshop in partnership with the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA). On Saturday, Sept. 14, participants attended their first day of the program where they learned about the history, trends and divisions in horticulture.

While in the past the department has capped the workshop at 15, this year it welcomed a cohort of 17 participants. The group included several employees from the City of Coral Gables, landscape professionals and those looking to start a second career.

Throughout the professional workshop, members will explore important aspects of horticulture, such as plant propagation techniques and landscape business management. They will visit local nurseries, such as Island Nursery, to gain hands-on field experience. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students are able to sit for the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association (FNGLA) Horticulture Professional Certificate exam.

The department strives to continue to develop these types of professional programs to engage the community and reach incredible minds that will foster a bright and sustainable green future.