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ProHort: Horticulture education

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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 online and in-person 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 credits (please confirm with MNLA).

Class format

ProHort can be taken in-person, online or both.

Online modules can be done in any order at your own pace. Students have access to the class for 12 months and can re-visit the class as many times as they wish.

2020 in-person classes

In person sessions take place at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Fridays and Saturdays,  8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., beginning January 10 and ending February 1, 2020. 

  • The in-person course covers the same topics as those available in the online training.
  • There are no class prerequisites.
  • The class is arranged in modules, each focused on one aspect of a horticulture-related topic, including:
    • botany, soils, herbaceous plants, lawn care, trees and shrubs, plant pathology, entomology, diagnostics, Integrated Pest Management, indoor plants, vegetables, fruits, living with wildlife, and weeds

Each online 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 choose to 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.


Price: $590.00 (includes class packet mailed to students). Pay by credit card only.

Register for the ProHort course October 1 through December 1, 2019. Contact mgweb@umn.edu, 612-625-9864 for a link to registration.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener or taking this course for credit?

See the Master Gardener pages on this site.

Students seeking University of Minnesota course credit may register through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Normal University fees apply.

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