Home Horticulture Summer Intensive Online Course | OSU Continuing Education

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  Certificate of Home Horticulture program, which offers an exceptional experience that will help your garden thrive.

NOTE: Though this is the same training as the Master Gardener program, this Certificate of Home Horticulture will not lead to a Master Gardener Certification.

Certificate of Home Horticulture

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:

  • Recorded lectures on a variety of required topics
  • Additional lectures for optional specialized knowledge
  • Lively forum assignments and discussions with other students
  • Weekly quizzes to help you retain information
  • Extensive additional resources to help ensure your long-term success

This new summer intensive version of the course allows you to gain the same training in a fraction of the time!

Home Horticulture Overview

The 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:

  • Plant types (e.g. woody, herbaceous)
  • Garden types (e.g. container, vegetable)
  • Elements that influence the growth and vigor of plants in the home garden (e.g. pathogens, soils, insects, management decisions)

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.

Home Horticulture Objective

By the end of this online Home Horticulture program, you will learn:

  • The basics of botany and entomology
  • Integrated pest management and pesticide safety
  • Soils, fertilizers and composting
  • Ornamental, herbaceous plants and woody plants
  • Vegetable, indoor and container gardening
  • Sustainable landscaping
  • Plant pathology


This program is open to all. You don’t have to be an OSU student or even live in Oregon.

Many of the modules, such as Botany Basics, Soils and Compost, Intro to Entomology, Pesticide Safety and more are applicable anywhere. Others that are more plant-oriented use mostly western Oregon examples, although there is still plenty of basic, essential information. We include some information for dryer regions as well.

If you live in a climate that is extremely different from western Oregon (like a desert or tropical area), you’ll learn all the essential information, though you might want to supplement the course with local information as well.

Additional OSU Garden Education Opportunities

If you live in Oregon and are interested in becoming an OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, visit this website https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg to find out about in-person training in 2022.