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NC State Extension

Online Non-Credit Courses

Longwood and NC State

Identifying plants begins by learning their language.

Department of Horticultural Science is partnering with Longwood Gardens to provide a fully-online introduction to plant identification. These courses will introduce you to the language of botany, plants with global popularity, a few special plants from breeding programs at top horticulture institutions, and cultivation information for key plant species. By learning the fundamental language of botany, testing it with games, and being exposed to a carefully selected cast of plants that exhibit key identification features, participants will be ready to deduce mystery plants anywhere in the world!

The courses are crafted to suit a range of learning types, including:

  • photo storiesPhoto stories
  • Video presentations
  • Online fact pages
  • E-book
  • Flash-cards
  • Matching games
  • Vocabulary games
  • Hundreds of beautiful images
  • Guided backyard projects
  • mystery plant challengesMystery plant challenges
  • Optional quizzes
  • Illustrated vocabularies
  • Conversation forum
  • Badges and certificates
  • Access to the instructor
  • Site navigation assistance

These are asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit courses.  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.

Each 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. All you need is proof of course registration and you’ll have the opportunity to view these plants in our seasonal displays and permanent collection!

Requirements:

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to a computer or tablet. 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 devices with a small screen. A tablet or computer is required for an optimal experience.
  • Access to a digital camera (smartphone is fine) to take images to submit as a part of assignments.
  • Access to PowerPoint, Word, or other software that you can use to add labels to images.

Fees per Class:

  • $189 – General Public (early-bird pricing available)
  • Special pricing available to Extension agents, Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers, Extension Master Naturalist volunteers, and volunteers at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Contact eg-online-classes@ncsu.edu for details.
  • In addition to the course fee, you may choose to purchase an optional print copy of the online eBook that is included in the course. Book prices may vary per course.
  • Register now for early access to some of the course material!

Courses

Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers:
Identification and Use

trees shrubs connifers online non-credit course

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.

This six-week online class will be offered twice in 2020. REGISTER now to get early access to course materials.

  • July 13–August 24, 2020
  • October 19–November 27, 2020

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Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants:
Identification and Use

edibles bulbs houseplants

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.

This six-week online class will be offered twice in 2020. REGISTER now to get early access to course material.

  • March 23–May 4, 2020
  • October 19–November 27, 2020

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Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers:
Identification and Use

Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers: Identification and Use

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.

This six-week online class will be offered twice in 2020. REGISTER now to get early access to course material.

  • March 23–May 4, 2020
  • July 13–August 24, 2020

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