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Master Gardener Series: Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

This series of short courses is excerpted from OSU’s Master Gardener online course, allowing you to study specific fundamentals of gardening.

Herbaceous Ornamental Plants Course

In Herbaceous Ornamental Plants, you will learn about different types of herbaceous ornamental plants (perennials, ferns, grasses and more), and how to use and care for them in a garden setting.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Define, and provide an example of, annuals, perennials, biennials, geophytes, grasses, ferns, and vines
  • Select suitable plants for a specific site by considering exposure, water zoning, color, size, hardiness zones
  • Identify different styles of planting and how they affect labor and water use
  • Describe how to prepare soil for planting herbaceous ornamentals
  • Give examples of good cultural management practices for herbaceous gardens, including watering, weeding, mulching, and fertilization

Master Gardener Short Course Series

OSU’s Master Gardener Short Course Series includes the following 12 on-demand gardening courses:

1) Free Intro to Oregon Master Gardener Program

2) Basic Botany Online Course

3) Soils and Compost Online Course

4) Vegetable Gardening Online Course

5) Introduction to Entomology Online Course

6) Plant Pathology Online Course

7) Pesticide Safety Online Course

8) Herbaceous Ornamental Plants Online Course

9) Sustainable Landscape Design Online Course

10) Sustainable Landscape Management Online Course

11) Integrated Pest Management Online Course

12) Woody Landscape Plants Online Course

Please note: If you're interested in receiving a Certificate of Home Horticulture or becoming an OSU Master Gardener, please visit the Master Gardener Online page. The on-demand short courses are designed to boost your expertise, however, they will not lead to the full Certificate of Home Horticulture. Also please note, you will have access to the on-demand course materials for one year after your registration date.

New Online Urban Agriculture Courses

We have a new Online Urban Agriculture program. This new program is a great way to learn about farming and gardening right where you live. And in just a few weeks, you'll be growing your food and adding natural beauty to your neighborhood!

To learn more and get started, the first urban agriculture course in the series is FREE.

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On demand. Access any time.
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4-6 hours
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Online
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$45

Instructors

Signe Danler
Master Gardener Online

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

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 eatingHer 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.

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