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NC State Extension

Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants

Identification and Use – Online Continuing Education

ornamental cabbage


October 19 – November 27, 2020
2021 dates coming soon!

About this Class

Solanum lycopersicum characteristics

Image by Susanne Collins

Learn about the edible side of the landscape with an exploration of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs. Extend your growing season with bulbs and even houseplants.

This online course allows you to learn to identify plants on your own schedule. Longwood Gardens is partnering with the NC State University Department of Horticultural Science to provide a fully-online introduction to plants. This survey course will introduce you to plants that can be grown throughout the nation. 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.


Usually offered in March 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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