Please note: Our Summer Intensive session is currently full. To request advance notice of our next instructor-led Master Gardener session, click and submit the Request Information button/form at right. In the meantime, you may also check out our on-demand Master Gardener online short course series.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive, science-based, horticulture and gardening essentials course, our Home Horticulture Certificate could be for you!
This expert-led course provides the same training as our popular Master Gardener Online program, which offers an exceptional experience that will help your garden thrive.
Upon completion of this accelerated summer course, you will receive a Certificate of Home Horticulture.The curriculum for the online Home Horticulture course includes an innovative online format that includes:
We have traditionally offered this option alongside our Master Gardener Online program, which takes 12 weeks to complete. This new summer intensive version of the course allows you to gain the same training in a fraction of the time!Our summer intensive program will not provide a pathway to "Master Gardener certification." For MG certification, check out Option 1.
The Master Gardener & Home Horticulture Basic Training course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about the effective and sustainable management of their home horticultural landscape. There are no course prerequisites, although a basic understanding of plants is helpful.In this course you will learn about the art and the science of caring for plants.
During the seven weeks, we will examine:
We will also focus on the prevention and diagnosis of plant problems, as well as a least toxic approach to tolerating and/or managing plant problems in the home horticultural landscape.
By the end of this online Home Horticulture program, you will learn:
I wanted to learn more about the science behind plants. I also wanted to validate my pre-existing knowledge of horticulture and desired a defined certificate that I could present to a future employer. I learned more information, gained quality written readings in the form of pdf downloads, and received a certificate for my resume. And the online flexibility, and the readings were all really easy to read and full of important information.
This program taught me how to correctly manage my plants and any pest/disease they have. I was concerned about the pace of the class as it was accelerated, but did not find it to be too fast. I enjoyed the online flexibility and ability to look through quizzes at a later date. It was very instructive and just challenging enough to really teach students.
Signe Danler is a veteran Master Gardener and landscape designer with a Masters of Ag degree in Horticulture. In the Master Gardener Online program, she uses her experience and training in gardening, urban forestry and ecological landscaping to communicate about and promote sustainable gardening and landscaping practices.
Gail Langellotto is a Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University, where she also serves as the Principle Investigator of the Garden Ecology Lab and leads the statewide Oregon State University Master Gardener program. She has a M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology, and has published research on topics as diverse as the costs of starting and maintaining a vegetable garden, pollinator-friendly gardens, and the benefits of gardening to healthy eating. Her OSU Extension Service and outreach efforts are focused on communicating research-backed management practices to home gardeners. For the online Master Gardener and urban agriculture PACE courses, she supervises overall course development, and reviews and contributes to course content.