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WELCOME TO MERRITT COLLEGE HORTICULTURE
(updated February 13, 2019)

HOLIDAY CLOSURE NOTICE: 2/15 & 2/18
Merritt College will be on holiday closure this Friday, 2/15, Saturday, 2/16, and Monday 2/18. No Saturday fee-based pruning class will be offered this coming Saturday, but our spring series will resume on Saturday, February 23rd with Pete Churgel’s LH803 Finding The Essence of A Tree, 9:30am- 12:20pm, cost: $39. Enroll in advance or day-of – MORE INFO: see below, FEE-BASED,and/or the FEE-BASED ENROLLMENT FORM 

GET YOUR SPRING 2019 Landscape Horticulture Class Schedule HERE.
This handy 4 page planning guide features  an overall view of the week and a look ahead at tentative class scheduling in upcoming semesters.
What ‘s the one thing can you be sure will never change certain of never changing? That everything is subject to change. If anything changes on our schedule, we’ll post notice as soon as we can. It’s always a good idea to check the regularly updated Passport online searchable class schedule

CLASS CANCELED NOTICE:
LH77 Crop Production (Wednesdays 2:30-5:20pm) has been canceled

OUR PROGRAMS
are designed to prepare students for work in all horticultural fields: Arboriculture; Landscape Design & Construction; Landscape Architecture; Parks & Maintenance; Nursery & Greenhouse Management; Floral Design; Aesthetic Pruning; Permaculture.

READ MORE:
DEGREES & CERTIFICATES
• (available soon) ABOUT OUR DEPT./PROGRAM
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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FEE-BASED NON-CREDIT CLASSES = No homework NO grades. No semester-long commitment. No lengthy online application. Open to all, these non-credit, pay-as-you-go classes are fun and enriching regardless of experience or knowledge level. This spring’s classes include Intro to Floral Design, Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees, Intro to Aesthetic Pruning, Bonsai, Pruning CA Natives, Art of the Laceleaf Maple, and many more.

! Interested in hemp growing? We’ll likely be offering the first of these new classes this semester, so watch this space for news!

SPRING 2019 Fee-based Classes:

Merritt’s fee-based classes are not listed in the online Passport schedule, they are available through the department only.* You cannot enroll in fee-based courses through Passport. For more enrollment and fee-based info, see our fee-based page, or the below class registration form.

AESTHETIC PRUNING class schedule – now with class times restored! 
FLORAL DESIGN

Saturday Fee-based pruning class enrollment: enroll in advance or day-of. Day-of registration: Please arrive at least 15 minutes early, enrollment form and check in hand. It is helpful for us to anticipate the number of students, so let us know you’re coming via an email to mbull@peralta.edu (didn’t get to that email? Come anyway). More info/instructions on the FEE-BASED ENROLLMENT FORM. Class times and costs may be found on the above Pruning class schedule.
*Merritt’s Biology Dept. currently offers one fee-based class each semester, occasionally more, see fee-based class page

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Our new URBAN ARBORICULTURE program kicked off this Fall 2018 semester, and the students will tell you it’s  a great place to learn all there is to know about urban forestry. We offer two certificate levels: Tree Care Specialist (21 units) and Tree Climber Specialist (41 units), and an Arboriculture Associate of Science degree (41 major units + general education requirements).


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DIRECTIONS/HOURS
The Landscape Horticulture Department is located on the northwestern end of the Merritt College campus, up the road (Margie lane) from the Children’s Center and across from the tennis courts. Use the northerly  loop road entrance into the campus and then take an immediate left. The gate will open automatically when you drive up to it during our regular hours. If it does not open during regularly scheduled class time, please notify us at (510) 436-2418 (office) or 436-2491 (field office).Our hours vary: During spring and fall semesters: Monday – Thursday 8:30am until approximately 9:30 or 10pm (until last class is gone). Fridays: 8:30am- 5:30pm. We are also open some Saturdays, 9am- 12:30pm. See the Aesthetic Pruning class schedule for Saturday dates. 

Address: 12500 College Drive, Oakland, 94619
Public Transportation:  AC Transit on Line 54 from Fruitvale BART Station via 35th Avenue and Redwood Rd.  Public transportation info at 511.org
By
 car:  From the Warren Freeway, HWY 13 South, exit Redwood Road, turn Left.  From HWY 13 North, exit Carson Street, straight across Carson St/Mountain intersection, the turn right onto Redwood Rd.  Follow Merritt signs up Redwood Road to Campus Drive, turn right. Continue ½ mile to Merritt College.  From the MacArthur Freeway, 580 East, exit 35th Avenue, turn left onto 35th Avenue.  35th Avenue will become Redwood Road; continue to the campus.Redwood Road, turn Left.  From HWY 13 North, exit Carson Street, straight across Carson St/Mountain intersection, the turn right onto Redwood Rd.  Follow Merritt signs up Redwood Road to Campus Drive, turn right. Continue ½ mile to Merritt College.  From the MacArthur Freeway, 580 East, exit 35th Avenue, turn left onto 35th Avenue.  35th Avenue will become Redwood Road; continue to the campus.
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CLASS SCHEDULE INFORMATION

Please note: there are always changes at all four Peralta colleges after publication of the Peralta-wide printed class schedule. Use the continuously updated Passport online class search instead. Remember: EVERYTHING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
You can always find important advisories on this page, and details of Hort dept. schedule & updates HERE

• Find the most up-to-date class schedules through Passport HERE
• Get our Spring 2019
 academic class schedule HERE
• The Fall 2018 Pruning class schedule is available HERE
• The Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Floral Design class schedule is available HERE

For detailed curriculum information, visit our COURSES and Degrees and Certificates pages. Download a pdf file of our program offerings HERE. Plan ahead- THIS pdf shows projected class scheduling (day/evening fall/spring) through 2020 (everything being subject to change). 

For up-to-date course descriptions and degree/certificate info, see below links.

For more detail on department events, history, news, etc., visit www.merrittlandhort.com


Merritt College Horticulture alum Frank Snapp- creator and caretaker of the 40th St. median strips

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS  HERE

DEGREE DESCRIPTIONS HERE

ASSOCIATE OF THE ARTS:
• Landscape Architecture

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE:
• Associate of Science in Arboriculture
• Landscape Design and Construction Specialist
• Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist
• Nursery Management Specialist

CERTIFICATE DESCRIPTIONS HERE

CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT:

• Basic Landscape Horticulture
• Tree Care Specialist (New Arboriculture program)
• Tree Climber Specialist (New Arboriculture program)
• Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction
• Intermediate Landscape and Parks Maintenance
• Intermediate Nursery Management
• Landscape Design and Construction Specialist
• Landscape and Parks Maintenance Specialist
• Nursery Management Specialist

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY:
• Permaculture Design

FEE-BASED CLASSES
(NON-CREDIT pay-as you-go)

Fee-based class registration form (includes info on how to register) HERE

Floral Design and Aesthetic Pruning Class information and schedule archives may be found on the fee-based class page.