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Go from Uprooted to Plant Pro

The Green Thumb series is for gardeners and plant lovers who want to expand their understanding of and appreciation for all things green and growing. You will learn from professional botanists, conservationists, landscapers, gardeners, farmers, and academics as you practice the technical skills and creative thinking required to develop expertise with the plants around you. Get hands-on experience with equipment; encounter professionally-maintained gardens, yards, and houseplants; and gain a well-rounded understanding of your own green thumb.

  • Beginning classes cover basic maintenance and design of your plant space, whether it be garden, yard, lawn, or potted plants; build your vocabulary and skills; and build your confidence through hands-on learning.
  • Intermediate classes dig deeper to help you understand Utah’s unique climate so you can create a garden environment that works with our native flora, fauna, and weather.
  • Advanced classes prepare you to practice independently and continue growing on your own after you complete the program.

Curiosity Becomes Passion

Lifelong Learning believes in you and is here to support you in the next step of your self-actualization.

Our SERIES program is designed to develop your curiosity into your passion and help you in your journey to realize your greatest potential. Psychologist Abraham Maslow called this self-actualization and he placed it at the top of his hierarchy of needs. All of us are working towards it—pursuing peak experiences, self-acceptance, and learning to love the journey as much as the destination.

The SERIES is meant to provide in-depth instruction and community connections to the adult student wanting to build knowledge and develop skills as they turn a curiosity into a passion. We provide the instruction, expertise, and structure. You bring the curiosity, drive, and commitment.

How Does It Work?

Each SERIES has three tiers: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Complete three classes in a tier to move to the next level. Once you complete three classes in the advanced tier, then you have officially completed the SERIES.

Start the SERIES with any class in the beginning tier. Your progression is self-paced and self-monitored. You decide when they are ready to move levels, but you need to complete three classes before advancing. Need some guidance? Give us a call at 801-587-5433 or email lifelong@continue.utah.edu and we will gladly help you decide on your next step.

With the completion of a tier, students can apply for a digital badge of achievement in recognition of their commitment to creative-thinking, personal development, and self-actualization. A digital badge connects to your social media profiles so you can show your family, friends, and colleagues that you are committed to being curious, to becoming more, and to developing yourself.

Not sure you want to fully commit? That’s okay. You can take any class in a SERIES at any time even if you aren't trying to complete the series.

What Do You Learn In Each Tier?

  • Beginning
    • Classes for the student that has a curiosity for a topic, is eager to try it, and thinks they will want to develop that curiosity but isn’t quite sure yet
    • This level builds basic skills and uses basic, lower-cost materials
  • Intermediate
    • Classes for the student who is moving from curious to dedicated and passionate
    • They are ready to devote more time and money to developing their skills
    • This level builds more technical skill and critical thinking knowledge and can potentially use more costly materials
  • Advanced
    • Classes for the student who is passionate and blossoming in their newly-built skillset and knowledgebase
    • They are preparing to leave the structure that LL provides and do more independent exploration and put their skills to use
    • This level continues to build technical skill and critical thinking knowledge and potentially needs no new materials as students have already acquired what they need to accomplish the work
  Course Student Supplies
Beginner Teaches basic concepts, skills, and vocabulary. Builds student confidence in subject matter. Curious about or interested in subject matter but has little to no experience. Small investment for student. Materials list is mostly the same for all beginner classes. *Student may invest in low-quality supplies or high-quality supplies*
Intermediate Teaches technical skills and critical thinking. May explore special interests within a subject. Possesses basic skills. Ready to devote more time and money to advance. Curiosity has grown into a passion. Can require a larger investment from student. Student will invest in high-quality supplies.
Advanced Prepares student to work with less structure. Encourages independent exploration. Deep dive into special interests. Passionate about subject matter, confident in skills, striving for mastery. Most already acquired, some special materials may be required.

*New classes are added every term. Check back here to see what's new!

Level 1 - Beginning

Class Title Start Date(s)
101 Plants to Know (LLHG 586) 4/25
Basics of Waterwise Landscaping (LLHG 521) 3/30
Designing With Fresh Flowers: Arrangements for the Season (LLHG 500) Notify me!
Fungal Ecology: From Forest to Farm (or Garden!) (LLHG 480) 3/14
Gardening in the Wasatch (LLHG 608) 3/08
Houseplants 101 (LLHG 523) Notify me!
Ornamental Grasses (LLHG 543) Notify me!
Outdoor Container Gardening Workshop (LLHG 613) 4/26
Pruning 101 Workshop (LLHG 505) 2/28
Residential Landscape Design I: Concept and Planning (LLHG 512) Notify me!
Soils: Dig Deeper into Gardening (LLHG 615) 3/31
Succulent Garden Workshop (LLHG 595) 4/12
Terrarium Workshop (LLHG 922) 2/23
Vegetable Gardening Basics (LLHG 529) 4/06

Level 2 - Intermediate

Class Title Start Date(s)
Botany for Gardeners (LLHG 488) 3/10
Fabulous Fruit Trees (LLHG 554) 2/07
Perennials: Late Summer and Fall Bloomers (LLHG 618) Notify me!
Perennials: Spring and Summer Bloomers (LLHG 617) Notify me!
Planning for Spring Flowering Bulbs (LLHG 519) Notify me!
Putting Your Garden to Bed: Preparing for Winter (LLHG 924) Notify me!
Residential Landscape Design II: A Deeper Look at Plants (LLHG 925) 2/23
Spring Clean Your Garden and Your Gardening Tools (LLHG 917) 2/26
Trees and Shrubs for Residential Landscapes (LLHG 520) Notify me!
Vegetable Propagation (LLHG 609) 4/14

Level 3 - Advanced

Class Title Start Date(s)
Permaculture Plants for Sustainable Yards (LLHG 920) 4/11
Unusual Trees and Shrubs for the Residential Landscape (LLHG 472) Notify me!
Yummy Yard Edibles (LLHG 921) 3/28
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