Distance Education Plant Identification Classes Offered

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2019 Plant Identification Distance Education, Online, Non-Credit Courses from Longwood Gardens and NC State Department of Horticultural Science

Annuals, Perennials, Vines and Groundcovers
March 4th – April 12th, 2019 » REGISTER
July 8th – August 19th, 2019 » REGISTER

Edibles, Bulbs and Houseplants
March 4th – April 12th, 2019 » REGISTER
September 9th – October 21st, 2019 » REGISTER

Trees, Shrubs, Conifers and Gymnosperms
July 8th – August 19th, 2019 » REGISTER
September 9th – October 21st, 2019 » REGISTER

In these fully-online, plant identification courses you will learn at your own schedule. Each survey course will introduce you to 45 plants that can be grown throughout the nation. Through photo-stories, video presentations, online plant profiles, 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.

These are asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit courses. You may participate anywhere there is internet service. 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 e-book that is included with the course.

Each class includes some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

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General Public: $195
Members: Longwood Gardens/JC Raulston Arboretum $175 — DISCOUNT CODE: Member To receive the member discount, send a copy of your current membership card to eg-online-classes@ncsu.edu
Volunteers: Longwood Gardens/JC Raulston Arboretum $98 — DISCOUNT CODE: Volunteer To receive the volunteer discount, have the Director of Volunteer services send an email from their work email account to eg-online-classes@ncsu.edu verifying your current service.
Extension Master Gardener volunteers: $98 — DISCOUNT CODE: Master (any Extension Master Gardener volunteer, whether in North Carolina, Pennsylvania or elsewhere, qualifies for the $98 rate. Have your Extension Agent send an email to Lucy_Bradley@ncsu.edu, from their work email account, stating that you are an EMGV in good standing.)

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To participate in the course students need access to the internet and a digital camera (smart phone camera is fine). The course was designed for use on a computer or tablet, it is possible to view the class from a smart phone, but it is far from optimal.