Two New Online Landscape Workforce Development Courses Available | Center County Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Extension has launched two new online courses, “Plant Identification and Use: Vines” and “Plant Identification and Use: Ground Cover” for landscapers, horticultural professionals and avid gardeners.

In the “Plant Identification and Use: Ground Covers” course, landscapers learn to identify the most important genera and species of ground covers used in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, cultural requirements ground covers, common insect and disease problems, basic pruning requirements, and when and how to select ground covers resistant to common problems.

In “Plant Identification and Use: Vines”, participants learn the identifying characteristics of northeastern climbing vines and understand their botanical names and landscape use, learn the cultural requirements of vines, understand the use of vines climbers and describe the basics of the common insect. and disease problems associated with the vine.

Both courses are eligible for Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

These courses are ideal for people seeking employment in landscape design, installation and maintenance, and landscaping companies who want to provide additional training for experienced employees.

For more information and to register for these two new online courses, as well as Penn State Extension’s Green Industry Professional Development Course Library, go to

These courses were supported by the generous contributions of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.


Penn State Extension serves individuals, businesses, and communities, helping them solve problems and realize opportunities through educational programs, products, and services. In support of Penn State’s land grant mission, extension programs make a difference locally through face-to-face education as well as on a large scale through online programs. Supported by federal, state, and county governments, Extension has a tradition of bringing unbiased, research-based information to the citizens of Pennsylvania for more than 100 years.

Penn State Extension offers a variety of non-credit online courses for the public. Consumers can access educational articles, videos, online courses and publications at their convenience, and register for in-person regional workshops and online webinars on a wide range of topics.

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