FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional Tutoring

In 2016, Wilmot Botanical Gardens accepted the opportunity to work with a small group of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), utilizing gardening as the training vehicle. The program was initially funded by a small grant obtained from the Wal-Mart Foundation as part of their State Giving Program combined with a gift from Dr. and Mrs. B.J. Wilder.

All programs at Wilmot Botanical Gardens are based on the belief that an active connection with plants and nature can be a restorative experience and have a profound effect on each individual’s quality of the life. Sessions are designed to offer a supportive, active and engaging environment for participants to achieve learning objectives, while building confidence and gaining valuable interpersonal and communication skills.

FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional Tutoring

The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) is a member-driven organization that represents Florida’s environmental horticulture industry. In addition to providing marketing programs and venues for industry members, the association provides professional accreditation opportunities to interested individuals.

The FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) program is the industry standard for measuring horticulture knowledge and is designed for individuals working in the horticulture industry or interested in entering the field. Candidates must pass a comprehensive four-part exam to demonstrate knowledge. For additional information about the certification please click here.

With the goal of enhancing the likelihood of participants to secure full-time, paid employment, Wilmot Botanical Gardens is offering once-weekly tutoring sessions to young adults with ASD (or related disabilities) that are interested in pursuing the certification. The tutoring program will prepare individuals for the industry-recognized FCHP examination, which if passed will position them as a competitive applicant for entry-level jobs within the horticulture industry. Tutoring sessions are conducted by Dr. Charles Guy who is presently Professor Emeritus of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry in the Department of Environmental Horticulture. He was a professor with the department from 1984 to 2018.

Tutoring Schedule – Spring 2019

Tutoring sessions are held in the Conference Center at Wilmot Gardens located on the main campus of the University of Florida at 2023 Mowry Road in Gainesville, Florida. One-hour sessions are held weekly on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. for approximately 12-weeks. The program schedule will coincide with the school terms and the start date for the Spring 2019 term will be Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Diagnosis of ASD or related disability
  • 18 + years old
  • Ability to attend minimum 80% of sessions (equivalent to 20 hours)
  • Must provide a referral from counselor

Program Cost

The program cost per semester is $300 and there is a one-time cost of $75 for purchase of the FCHP manual. Exam preparation typically takes two semesters or more depending on the individual. The examination fee is $85 for FNGLA members and $125 for non-members. Registration is required and payment for the program is due no later than the start date of the each term.

Program Contact

To learn more about program eligibility and admission, please contact:

Bailey Hillman
Business Manager, Wilmot Botanical Gardens
Email: bahillman@ufl.edu
Office: (352) 273-5832