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Annuals, Perennials, Vines and Groundcovers

Identification and Use – Online Continuing Education

Longwood Gardens & NC State LogoAnnuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers: Identification and Use

Longwood Gardens, one of the premier public gardens in the world, is partnering with NC State University Department of Horticultural Science to provide a unique introduction to plants.


July 12 – August 23, 2021
October 18 – November 22, 2021 

About the Class

Lantana characteristics

Image by Valerie Emerson

A six-week, online class, focused on Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers that can be grown throughout the nation. Featuring a collection of plants that will add a burst of color and exciting textures to your landscape.

Fit this flexible, fully-online course into your schedule. There are no set days or times that you must participate.

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 key identifying characteristics of these plants and how best to use them in the landscape.

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.

In addition to the course fee, you may choose to purchase an optional print copy of the online e-book that is included with the course.


Generally offered in March, July, and October.


Fully Online

This is one of three 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. Below are links to the two other classes in the series:

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