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HORT 1003: Horticulture for the home garden

For ProHort students

Class contact

Julie Weisenhorn, extension educator in horticulture, is the main class coordinator and the class contact.

Email:; Cell: 952-239-6608

Who should take this class?

"ProHort students" can be industry professionals, home owners, educators—anyone looking for comprehensive horticulture foundation education from University of Minnesota Extension. Industry professionals take the ProHort class for MNLA credits (3 credits for this class). Home gardeners also take the class who are interested in the education for their own advancement.


Price: $575.00 (includes class packet which will be mailed to students), only credit cards are accepted.

Register online.

About the class

HORT 1003 is an online only, self-run class. Modules can be done in any order, at your own speed. Students have access to the class for 12 months and can re-visit the class as many times as they wish.

All presentations are recorded online. There are some writing assignments to help students expand their understanding of the topics.

Class format

There are no class pre-requisites, background check, or application required. The class is arranged in modules, each focused on one aspect of a horticulture / hort-related topic. Each module consists of:

  • a prequiz to test your knowledge before you begin the module
  • recorded lectures with images and script
  • web resources to explore
  • a post-quiz to see what you learned
  • Students are expected to complete written assignments of 10 garden tips and one article similar to those found in Extension's Yard & Garden Newsletter.

The class also includes a forum with thought questions for students to share and an online chat around a topic question with the instructor and fellow students every few weeks.

After the class

Individuals do not receive University credits or Master Gardener certification. In the future, if you choose to apply and are accepted into your local Extension Master Gardener program as a volunteer within three (3) years of completing the ProHort class, you do not need to take the Extension Master Gardener class. You will receive a certificate of completion. However, there is no "designation" or title given for completing the ProHort class. Students may choose to include the class on your resume as professional development.

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