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Clemson Extension offers many online courses for farmers, landscape professionals, and home gardeners through the Online Course Catalog.

Visit for everything from private pesticide applicator exams to dam maintenance programs to school gardening courses for educators in South Carolina, all online and accessible to you.

Have you always wanted to be able to design your gardens and landscapes to cope with the increasing levels of flooding and erosion that are becoming more and more common in our residential landscapes? Then the Master Rain Gardener program may be right for you.

Rain gardens and rainwater harvesting provide residents and landscape professionals with a management tool for property flooding, erosion control, incorporating native plants and backyard habitats into the lawn, and creating a low-watering landscape. The Master Rain Gardener certification program is an invaluable resource for learning the key components of building rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems. The Master Rain Gardener program provides design standards and the knowledge-based skills necessary to install residential rain gardens and rainwater harvesting systems.

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The Master Rain Gardener program is a hybrid, multi-week curriculum that allows for self-paced online learning modules, hands-on field experience, and a two-track option to meet the needs of different audiences. A certification course for contractors, landscapers, and other professionals is $295, and the certificate of completion for master gardeners, teachers, and home gardeners is $195.

Registration for the online Master Rain Gardener course 2022 is open. The online part of the course starts on September 12th. The Field Day, which is included in the Certification Track, takes place on October 7th in the Charleston area. This course is worth 18 CEUs for ASLA members, 10 continuing education credits for SC Master Gardeners, one (core) hour of SC Pesticide Applicator credits, and 20 hours of instructor renewal credits through the SC Department of Education. For more information and registration, go to or contact Kim Morganello at 843-730-5212.

Have you ever wished you were better at identifying common trees, plants and shrubs in your neighborhood or nursery? Have you been scouring the flower shops wanting to add a pretty new plant but had no idea if it would thrive in your garden in full sun or in a shady corner? Clemson offers an online course in plant identification and landscape use. This course is for anyone interested in identifying and using plants effectively in the Southeast landscape.

Plant Identification and Use is a self-paced online course. Therefore, you can start at any time and have 60 days to complete the course at your leisure. Participants will learn to name and identify 119 trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines based on their leaves/needles, stems, buds, fruit, flowers, bark, and whole plant characteristics. During this course, participants will watch a series of video presentations to help identify the common and scientific names of over 100 commonly grown plant species. This course consists of 16 content modules and participants have the opportunity to test their knowledge throughout the course by completing the plant identification self-assessment and quiz. The course costs $40, but the expressions on your friends’ faces as you walk through the botanical garden and name all the plants like a pro will be priceless. Register for this course and all other Clemson Extension online courses at

The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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