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New Horticulture and Design Course Offerrings in Chicago Area

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Registrations for Fall Courses are open and Horticulture and Design courses are available for you!

The University of Illinois has started a new degree completion program in Horticulture in the Chicagoland market.

Starting just a year ago, Greg Pierceall, a Professor of Landscape Architecture, joined the University of Illinois faculty to assist in launching this new degree completion program.

The program is housed in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES). The Chicago area teaching facilities are in Oakbrook, Illinois, with academic partners at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum.

Interested individuals can sign up for classes now, for personal and professional development or as a degree-seeking individual.

The program is based on building the pathway from a community or junior college, to a four year degree in Horticulture. Graduate course credits are also available, should you have an undergraduate degree already.

The program is designed for interested and place-bound persons wanting a four year degree, without going to Urbana, the main campus to complete this effort.

Fall courses to be offered are Landscape Design, meeting Thursday nights in Oakbrook; Woody Landscape Plants, meeting Tuesday nights at the Morton Arboretum; and Herbaceous Plant materials meeting Monday nights in Oakbrook. Courses start the week of August 20, 2007.

For more information about the program visit or to register please visit Interested students may also contact Piper Hodson, NRES Student Services Coordinator at 217-244-5761 or or Heather Miller, Outreach Program Coordinator, at or 217-265-6568.

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