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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Programs of Study Minors and Certificate Programs Minor in Public Garden Management  

Minor in Public Garden Management

Adviser: Holly Nelson (

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The public garden management minor provides students in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences with several options geared to employment opportunities in public horticulture such as public gardens administration, design, and installation, or aspects of planting materials management. Students take two fundamental courses and then choose one of three different tracks to reflect their interest: Garden Design; Planting Materials Management; Institutional People Skills and Management.

Foundation Courses (Required, 6 Credits)
11:550:240  Public Garden Management (3)
11:776:211  Introduction to Horticulture (3)

Tracks (Choose One of the Following)

I. Garden Design (12 credits)
This track includes aspects of public garden design such as development of outdoor displays and creation of attractive seasonal displays. Projects range from garden scale to the occasional landscape scale design.

Learning Goals

  • Explore how to creatively design space and spatial relationships [creative thinking]
  • Understand, analyze, and incorporate natural features and systems to create design solutions [critical thinking]
Required (7 Credits)
11:550:220  Public Garden Display-Case Studies (1)*
11:550:221  Design of Public Display Gardens (3)**
11:550:235  Herbaceous Plants in the Landscape (3)

Choose a Minimum of 5 Credits from the Following:***
11:550:250  History of Landscape Architecture (3)
11:550:338  Introduction to Digital Design and Presentation (1.5)
11:573:445  Ecological Design and Stewardship (4)
11:573:415  Open Spaces Planning and Management (3)

*New course: taught second half of fall semester in conjunction with 11:550:235 Herbaceous Plants in the Landscape.
**Course redesigned and retitled from (previous) 11:550:221 Introduction to Site Design to refocus material to creating and building a garden in a public context.
***Note: The substitution of a 300- or 400-level class related to your interests is permitted with permission of the undergraduate program director.

II. Planting Materials Management (Choose 12 Credits from the Following)
This track includes selection, care, and pest management of plant material appropriate for use in public gardens.

Learning Goals

  • Describe basic knowledge of horticultural principles, landscape/garden plant management, or pest management [technical proficiency]
Choose 12 Credits from the Following:
11:776:202  People-Plant Relationships (3)
11:766:210  Principles of Botany (3)
11:776:242  Plant Science (3)
11:776:310  Plant Propagation (3)
11:776:304  Turfgrass Management (3)
11:776:391  Weeds, Diseases, and Insects of Plants (3)
11:550:238  Landscape Management and Maintenance (3)
11:550:233  Landscape Plants I (3)
11:550:234  Landscape Plants II (3)
11:020:321  Principles and Practices of Small Organic Farming (3)

III. Institutional People Skills and Management
This track includes fundraising, volunteer management, budgets and accounting, community building, and leadership for students in the public gardens sphere.

Learning Goals
  • Demonstrate effective leadership communication and conflict management skills [communication, context]
  • Evaluate group process and team dynamics [context]
Required (3 Credits)
11:607:485  Understanding Group Dynamics and Team Processes (3)

Choose 9 Credits from the Following:
11:193:200  Community Gardening for Health and Wellness (3)
11:373:205  Small Business Essentials  (3) or  33:010:272 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3) (credit will not be given for both)
11:550:436  Landscape Enterprise (3)
11:607:402  Building Community Partnerships (3)
11:607:203  Foundations of Volunteer Management (3)
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