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Identification and Use – Online Continuing Education

Fruits and vegetbales


March 21 – May 2, 2022 
October 10 – November 21, 2022 

About this Class

Increase your botanical vocabulary and backyard bounty through our exploration of 50 popular vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts! Join Longwood Gardens and NC State University Department of Horticultural Science for six weeks as you learn the fundamentals of plant identification and compare growing seasons, shopping prices, and even recipes with students across the country. Take the skills you learn through engaging online live sessions, photo stories, Longwood Gardens Plant Fact pages, discussion forums, and hundreds of beautiful images and apply them to plants you’ll encounter outside of the class. Plan for a year-round harvest and learn that some of your favorite berries might not technically be berries after all, botanically speaking!

This is a fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You can 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 an additional 6 months after the course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online. There will be several scheduled live sessions with the instructor or guest speakers, but these are optional and will be recorded and available to watch on your own time. For an additional fee, you may choose to purchase an optional print copy of the online e-book that is included with the course. We recommend accessing the course via Google Chrome on a computer or tablet for the best functionality.

We can’t wait to see you online!


Usually offered the second week of March and October.


Fully online

This is one of four plant ID courses, each focused on different plant groupings that include 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 other ID classes in the series, as well as Understanding Plants:

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