Do you own a small landscape business and want to develop your knowledge and skill set? Are you a professional in horticulture or landscape services looking for employee development? Are you self-taught? Do you want your home landscape to offer a polished, professional look?

We offer courses that are perfect for anyone in the landscape-horticulture industry, or for the passionate home gardener or master gardener wishing to expand their knowledge of plants, shrubbery and trees for effective use in seasonal and perennial landscapes.


This course covers the origin, composition and management of soils, including study of the physical and chemical properties with emphasis on ion exchange processes, soil classification, soil amendments and biological processes that occur in the soil. The lab provides students with the opportunity to learn how to analyze and evaluate soil productivity including nutrient and pH levels as well as texture and structure. The emphasis throughout the course is on the development of problem-solving abilities which can be applied to field work. Students are required to complete a project which requires that they analyze the suitability of soils in an assigned area. This course is offered as a face-to-face course which includes an online supplement or as a hybrid online course.

This course is appropriate for landscapers who are studying for their NJ ProFact fertilizer license.

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Oleksak, MS


This 15-hour class introduces the concept of plant palettes.  It will help you identify plants for appropriate placement and selection in a variety of garden beds and settings.  Plant palettes refer to selections based on color, growing season and creating harmony with a complementing balance of ground covers, annual and perennial plants, shrubbery (sub-canopy) and trees (canopy).

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Oleksak, MS

Mon, Feb 20-March 27, 6:30-9 p.m.


6 sessions: 15 hrs, CEU 1.5

Course: 28641

Cost: $329


Learn about the insects, diseases and weeds that are recognized as pests of ornamental plant materials and turf areas. The nature, structure and function of insect body parts, and the growth, habits, injurious effects and life cycles of pest organisms are studied in detail. Pesticides, regulations governing pesticide use and methods of selection and application are discussed with an emphasis on safety. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques are stressed and students apply an understanding of IPM techniques to both greenhouse and landscape management. This course may be eligible for New Jersey Pesticide Recertification credits in both core and selected categories. This course is offered as a hybrid.

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Oleksak, MS


This course offers an overview of pruning practices for the most common woody plants in the landscape and garden.  The course emphasizes a plant species approach to addressing pruning practices including methods, timing and overall objectives.  Students will learn the best practices for improving the health, service life, structural integrity and aesthetics of popular landscape species.

INSTRUCTOR: Brian Oleksak, MS