- Designed For
- Professionals and hobbyist gardeners interested in learning sustainable practices at their own pace.
- Always available
- Online | Self-paced
- $45 each
- Introduction to the Oregon Master Gardener Program short course is free.
- Each course takes 4-6 hours to complete
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Excerpted from OSU's Master Gardener Online course, the Master Gardener Short Course Series allows students to study specific fundamentals of gardening. The various subject areas of the OSU Master Gardener curriculum encourage participants to learn the art and science of growing and caring for their own plants.
- Intro to Oregon Master Gardener Program
- Basic Botany
- Soils and Compost
- Vegetable Gardening
- Introduction to Entomology
- Plant Pathology
- Pesticide Safety
- Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
- Sustainable Landscape Design
- Sustainable Landscape Management
- Integrated Pest Management
Please note: Taking all self-paced courses will not allow you to receive a Certificate of Home Horticulture or become an OSU Master Gardener. These courses are entirely self-paced and are not taught by an instructor. Also note that you will have access to course materials for one year after your registration date.
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What You'll 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
In this series
Signe Danler is a veteran Master Gardener and landscape designer with a Masters of Ag degree in Horticulture. With the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener 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 works with the Oregon State University Master Gardener program, state and local agencies, nonprofits and other non-governmental organizations. She helps to develop a better research-based understanding of how to design and sustainably manage gardens and parks to maximize ecosystem services. Her OSU Extension Service and outreach efforts are focused on communicating research-backed management practices to home gardeners and commercial landscapers.
- Can these courses be taken in sequence in order for a participant to become an OSU Master Gardener?
No. In order to become an OSU Master Gardener Volunteer, a participant must enroll in Option 1 of the instructor-led Master Gardener Online Course and complete 40 to 70 volunteer hours with his or her local chapter after finishing the coursework.
- Will an instructor teach these courses?
No. The self-paced Master Gardener Online short course series was created for those who are interested in taking some of the same basic gardening courses offered in the full-length Master Gardener Online course but do not want to take the entire course. The short courses are self-paced. You must take the full-length Master Gardener Online course in order to learn the material under the guidance of an instructor.
- What is the time commitment required for each course?
You should budget up to six hours for each course: one to two hours to view lectures, one hour for readings, and one to three hours for assignments and quizzes. If you are completely unfamiliar with gardening or basic biology, we recommend budgeting a little extra time for each course.
- I understand each short course includes a quiz. Will I get to see my grade after taking the quiz?
Yes. You will see your grade immediately after completing the quiz.
- I understand that each short course includes assignments. Will my assignments be graded?
No. We only encourage you to complete the assignments for your personal benefit.
- Are there group rates for classes who wish to use one of the short courses?
Yes. If you are an instructor who'd like to use this content with your students, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for our special class rates.
- Can these courses be taken in sequence to earn a Certificate of Home Horticulture?
No. In order to earn a Certificate of Home Horticulture, you must complete Option 2 of the instructor-led Master Gardener Online Course.