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As our communities face more intensified development, the importance of gardens, green spaces and our overall urban landscape is growing. Learn how to maximize gardens and green spaces to promote natural biodiversity, reduce our ecological footprint and create a sustainable urban landscape. This program is designed for urban gardeners, landscape designers and builders, naturalists, environmental advocates, municipal planners, public gardens staff, conservationists, and Business Improvement Area (BIA) members. 

With a total of five online courses to complete, you will examine the social, environmental and economic implications of horticulture in our cities and learn new strategies for creating and managing sustainability in gardens and landscapes. 

Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion this program, you will be able to: 

  • Make effective use of practical and applied design strategies to determine and offer meaningful solutions to sustainable urban design problems 
  • Identify and recall plant materials that will have a desired impact on sustainable urban landscapes 
  • Formulate creative new strategies that will effectively develop and manage sustainable urban landscapes 
  • Develop a business plan with the financial knowledge and skills to launch and maintain a landscape business 


  • Gardener
  • Public gardens staff 
  • Plant Technician


The program requires the completion of four foundational courses and one elective course.* Courses may be taken in any order. We recommend that you begin your studies with the required foundational courses. 


Enrolment is on a course-by-course basis and there is no application required. This program is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age. Course availability changes each semester. It is recommended you submit notification requests for each course in the program to be informed when registration opens. Course registration closes six days after the start of the semester.

Complete five required courses. Request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal once all requirements are met.

You have a maximum 5 years to complete the required courses toward a particular certificate and/or diploma. The maximum number of years is presently under review and will be posted on the website once confirmed.

The price per course is currently $595. Course prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The total cost of the program may vary depending on available discounts* and the length of time to completion.

*There are early bird and alumni tuition discounts available for this program.

*Please note that the elective course Ecology of Gardens and Landscapes in an Urban Environment (310-1030) has been discontinued. If you have already completed this course, you do not need to take an additional elective course to fulfill the certificate requirements.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information about this program, please contact our Main Office

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