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Grow your green thumb with helpful advice from industry experts, researchers and professionals! Learn best practices, useful tips, and proven techniques for keeping your yard and garden healthy and sustainable in Minnesota.


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Minnesota Plants: A Summer Webinar Series

(13) Sessions: Live every Tuesday, June 1 - August 24, 2021, 7-8 p.m. Central

Calling all gardeners, landscapers, and nature enthusiasts- this new weekly webinar series is for you! Join local horticultural experts for a closer look at the plants that grow in Minnesota. You'll get to explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, houseplants and more! Each expert will have a unique perspective to share, from ecological to commercial. You'll gain a greater appreciation of the green that makes Minnesota so beautiful, and get tips and tricks for your own garden.

Summer Sessions
  • Foraging in Minnesota Woodlands- or Your Own Backyard!
  • Minnesota-Grown Vegetables
  • Edible Landscaping: Blending Beauty with Bounty
  • Dealing with Pests: An Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Invasive Species: Why They Matter and What You Can Do
  • Landscaping for Shade
  • Diagnosing Your Plant Problems
  • Garden Visions: Native Shrubs
  • Little Bluestem: A Great Native Grass
  • Best Shade Trees to Replace Green Ash
  • TBD
  • Plant Selection for a Changing Climate
  • Asters and Goldenrod for the Late Summer
Learn more & register at 
Minnesota Plants Summer Series

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Growing Vegetables in Minnesota (Online Self-Paced Module)

Module available May 6 - September 30
Online course coordinator: Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Developed through University of Minnesota Extension, this online module will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage your vegetable garden for success throughout the growing season. Learn online at your own pace, covering topics from soil and light needs to choosing the best vegetable varieties for Minnesota. You will have access to the course throughout the growing season, and the ability to ask questions along the way. Seven separate sections in this module include videos, links to learn more, activities and discussion boards:
  1. Vegetable Introduction
  2. Site Selection, Preparation and Planning
  3. Choosing Vegetables
  4. Planting Vegetables
  5. Managing the Vegetable Garden
  6. Vegetable Harvest and Post Harvest
  7. [Optional] Open Book Quiz

This module grants you special access to the materials found in the Master Gardener Core Course and takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. Watch a video intro of the module experience (1 min 45 sec).

How it Works: Check your email for your registration confirmation - course login information and a helpful welcome video from Laura (the course coordinator) will be automatically sent with your registration e-receipt. The short welcome video will walk you step-by-step through how to login and navigate the course. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. This course typically takes 4-6 hours to complete. Online course materials will be available until 9/30/2021.

COUPON SAVE $16!
Register for both Online Modules ("Growing Vegetables" and "Growing Fruit") and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

Limit 100, online self-paced via Canvas Course Module, login instructions included in registration confirmation
Register $35 member/$50 non-member
The registration screen will say September 30 (the last date possible to sign up). You may start the course immediately after you register, or any date through September 30.

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Growing Fruit in Minnesota (Online Self-Paced Module)

Course available May 6 - September 30
Online course coordinator: Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this online module will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season. Learn online at your own pace, covering topics such as pest control, site selection, pruning, and harvesting techniques. You will have access to the course throughout the growing season, with the ability to ask questions along the way. Ten separate sections in this module include videos, links to learn more, activities and discussion boards:
  1. Getting Started with Growing Fruit
  2. Establishing Apple and Pear Trees
  3. Apple and Pear Tree Care
  4. Growing Grapevines
  5. Strawberries
  6. Raspberries
  7. Blueberries
  8. Stone Fruits: Plums, Cherries, Apricots & Peaches
  9. Other Fruit: Bushes, Hardy Kiwi, and Native Fruits
  10. {Optional} Open-book Quiz
This module grants you special access to the materials found in the Master Gardener Core Course and takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. Watch a video intro of the module experience (1 min 45 sec).

How it Works:
 Check your email for your registration confirmation - course login information and a helpful welcome video from Laura (the course coordinator) will be automatically sent with your registration e-receipt. The short welcome video will walk you step-by-step through how to login and navigate the course. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. This course typically takes 4-6 hours to complete. Online course materials will be available until 9/30/2021.

COUPON SAVE $16!
Register for both Online Modules ("Growing Vegetables" and "Growing Fruit") and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

Limit 100, online self-paced via Canvas Course Module, login instructions included in registration confirmation
Register $35 member/$50 non-member
The registration screen will say September 30 (the last date possible to sign up). You may start the course immediately after you register, or any date through September 30.

2022 Extension ProHort Core Course

Online Class At-Your-Own-Pace starting January 6, 2022 
ProHort is for industry professionals, homeowners, educators and anyone looking for comprehensive horticulture foundation education from University of Minnesota Extension. The ProHort Core Course includes the same online classes offered for the Master Gardener Volunteer Core Course. Receive the same instruction at the same time, without the obligation of volunteering or continuing education!

This course consists of 14 modules that can be completed online, at-your-own-pace. There is a knowledge quiz at the end of each module:
  • Botany & Horticulture
  • Soils, Composting & Fertilizers
  • Herbaceous Plants
  • Woody Plants
  • Lawn Care
  • Weeds
  • Growing Vegetables
  • Growing Fruit
  • Indoor Plants
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Diagnostics
  • Entomology
  • Living with Wildlife

There is also an optional Introductory Live-Online Meet-and-Greet with the Course Assistant, and optional weekly Live-Online Facilitated Q&A Sessions on Thursday evenings.

Registered participants will receive a course manual, and those who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion.

$550 Arb member or member of Endorsing Organization/$590 non-member, includes manual and optional Q&A sessions

Learn more & register at

ProHort Course 2022


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