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Rocky Mountain Gardening

Denver Botanic Gardens' Certificate in Rocky Mountain Gardening is a comprehensive study of specific gardening practices for Front Range gardening practices. Instructors for the program are Denver Botanic Gardens' staff members, authorities in the Green Industry, and other regional experts in horticulture and natural sciences. The program is endorsed by the Colorado Nursery Association. Classes can be taken as part of the certificate program or individually.

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FEES AND REGISTRATION
Students may enroll in the program at any time. There is no program fee, but course fees and materials will apply. Courses may be taken concurrently.

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CERTIFICATE LEVELS AND REQUIREMENTS
Students have up to five years to fulfill all requirements.

Certificate of Completion

  • Complete 13 required courses and three elective courses.
  • Students must pass a self-graded test at the end of each required group course. Elective course group tests are optional.

Certificate of Merit

  • Complete all of the above requirements for a Certificate of Completion.
  • Score 70 percent or higher on a final comprehensive exam administered once all requirements are fulfilled.
  • Perform 40 hours of hands-on internship work at Denver Botanic Gardens.

REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES

Students in either certificate program must take all classes in Required Course Group I and at least six classes from Required Course Group II. Track your completed courses, electives and other requirements on this checklist.

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  • Required Course Group I
    - Botany for Gardeners - Gardeners Ecology - Principles of Pruning - Rocky Mountain Horticulture I - Rocky Mountain Horticulture II - Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening - Understanding Front Range Soils
  • Required Course Group II
    - Conifers for Colorado Gardens - Tree Identification and Selection - Vines and Ground Covers - Bluegrass and Other Lawn Grasses - Colorado Ecosystems - Never-fail Perennials - Water-Smart Flower Garden - The Year-round Garden
  • Elective Course Group - Students must complete any three elective courses. 

Upcoming Classes

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

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Colorado Ecosystems

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

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Botany for Gardeners

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry.

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Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

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Saving and Adapting Seed to High Altitudes (5,000-10,000 feet)

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 10 a.m.
York Street

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Historically amateur gardeners and farmers have been responsible for the vast bio-diversity we’ve enjoyed over the decades by saving and developing their own food seed.

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