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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

ProHort: Horticulture education

ProHort is for industry professionals, home owners, educators and anyone looking for comprehensive horticulture foundation education from University of Minnesota Extension.

The ProHort course includes the same classes offered for the Master Gardener Volunteer Core Course. Receive the same instruction without the obligation of volunteering or continuing education.

Industry professionals taking the course can earn three Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association continuing education credits (please confirm with MNLA).

Class format

Take the online course through the Canvas learning platform.

  • Course participants receive access to Canvas the first week of January and can work with course materials throughout the year.
  • All course participants must have an email address and a reliable internet connection to access the materials and complete training.
  • A digital manual is available with the option to purchase a printed copy.

Each class module focuses on one aspect of a horticulture-related topic:

  • Botany and horticulture
  • Soils, composting and fertilizers
  • Herbaceous plants
  • Woody plants
  • Lawn care
  • Weed management
  • Growing vegetables
  • Growing fruit
  • Indoor plants
  • Integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Plant pathology
  • Plant diagnostics
  • Entomology
  • Living with wildlife

Each module includes:

  • Recorded lectures with images and script.
  • Web resources.
  • Assignments for practical application of concepts.
  • A post-quiz to see what you learned.
  • Forum for questions and discussion.

After the class

  • You will receive a certificate of completion once you have completed the final quiz.
  • There is no professional designation or title given for completing the ProHort class.
  • You may include the class on your resume as professional development.
  • ProHort students do not receive University credits.

Class contact

The education manager and Extension educator at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the main class coordinator and the class contact: mgweb@umn.edu, 612-625-9864.


$600.00 (includes class packet mailed to students)


Register by December 1.

Register online or contact ArbEdu@umn.edu, mgweb@umn.edu, or 612-301-1210.

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