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The Certificate in Native Plants

The Certificate in Native Plants Program has been available at the State Botanical Garden in Athens for many years. We are pleased to announce an elective course will be held in Tifton, at Fulwood Garden Center, on Tuesday, March 17, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Course Title: Native Plants for Your Garden & Landscaping › Cost: $50 (Friends receive 10% discount). Katherine Melcher, Associate Professor, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia Amy Carter, Horticulturist, Landscape & Grounds, UGA Tifton.
While we often think of plant selection as the beginning of installing a new garden, but understanding your landscape and available design strategies are critical first-steps to creating a sustainable garden even before choosing plants for your space. This class will focus on how to design a small site using Coastal Plain native plants by following the process of site evaluation and design. In this course, you will learn the basics of site analysis, plant selection, and plant arrangement. Participants are encouraged to bring aerial photos of their own site and develop a design for it in the class.

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The Certificate in Native Plants Program is. . . .

→ Knowledge-based: All courses are taught by experts – university professors, conservation professionals, and experienced field botanists – who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm in a relaxed setting and accessible format.
→ Experiential: Plan to get your hands dirty and your feet wet! All courses involve hands-on experience with plants and plant communities. Volunteer projects and field trips take you outdoors to learn by doing.
→ Conservation-oriented: We believe that the old saying “Knowledge is Power” applies to conservation. Once you know the basics of botany and plant conservation, you will be prepared and motivated to contribute to conservation of Georgia’s flora and native plant habitats.
→ Learner-friendly: Students may complete the program in as little as a year or take as long as they like to complete the program. With only a few exceptions, classes may be taken in any order and at the student’s own pace. Students may design their own volunteer project or participate in an existing project.

Certificate in Native Plants – The Coastal Plain: An education and conservation initiative of the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance. The Certificate in Native Plants Program at the Tifton Campus of the University of Georgia is open to all Georgians and emphasizes conservation of the native plants and plant communities of the Coastal Plain (all areas of the state south of Columbus, Macon, and Augusta).

Classes are offered in the identification, cultivation, propagation, ecology, and conservation of South Georgia’s native plants. With an emphasis on participatory learning, the short courses are designed to provide a supportive and challenging learning atmosphere. Through classwork, field trips, and volunteer projects, participants gain a greater appreciation and understanding of native plants as well as their habitats and conservation needs.

For more information or to register for Certificate in Native Plant Classes:
Contact Sean Cameron, 706-542-6156; or visit the website

Click here to download the GNPS Certificate in Native Plants flyer.
The Certificate in Native Plants brochure can be downloaded here.

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