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News Release

February 07, 2002

Landscape Horticulture web site opens for business

The University of Guelph's popular landscape horticulture and garden design courses are now available online. Visitors to the Independent Study/@access program's new Web site,, can register and select courses, pay by credit card, download electronic, interactive course manuals and start learning immediately.

The courses, which lead to the Ontario diploma in horticulture, include: Elements of Garden Design; Starting a Green Business; the Horticulturalist I, II and III; Tree Ecology in the Human Environment; and Woody Plants: Their Identification and Use. IS/@access plans to add eight more courses by fall 2002.

"This is a dynamic learning experience for everyone from home gardeners to people already working in the landscaping industry," said IS/@access director Bill Culp. The courses feature interactive quizzes, a learners' exchange forum and links to related Web sites. Assignments may be submitted online, and learners can sign up for an electronic newsletter.

"Landscape horticulture, as a career and a hobby, is growing dramatically," Culp said. "The market for our course material is continental and possibly global. Using the Internet, we can extend an excellent educational experience to people across North America and around the world."

Bill Culp
Director, Independent Study/@access
(519) 824-4120, Ext. 2921

or Steve Fleischauer
Program Co-ordinator
(519) 824-4120, Ext. 3400

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs, 519-824-4120, Ext. 3338.

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