Option 2: Certificate of Home Horticulture- $695

If you want to learn more about horticulture and sustainable gardening, connect with other plant people, and apply your learning toward your own projects, consider enrolling in the Certificate of Home Horticulture.  This track offers the same research-based horticulture content as the Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Training without the volunteer commitment.  Participants receive an official OSU Certificate of Home Horticulture upon completion.

On-going registration through January 30, 2015. 

Apply now for the Certificate of Home Horticulture.

The Certificate of Home Horticulture includes the following components:

Program element


In-person classes (see schedule below)

Tuesdays February 3 – March 17 in Beaverton.

Thursdays February 5 – March 19 in Oregon City.

Saturdays February 7 – March 21 in inner NE Portland.

Online modules though Blackboard

Take four required modules and enjoy access to nine additional research-based modules at your convenience.

Final exam

Complete online exam by September 30, 2015.  We provide online and in-person tutoring sessions.

Hands-on workshops

Take one or two hands-on workshops on a range of topics offered at multiple locations in the metro area.  Over 20 workshops will be offered March – September at multiple dates and locations in the metro area.  Workshop schedule and registration will open January 12, 2015.  Two workshops are included in you $695 tuition.

Gardening seminars

Attend at least three approved seminars.  We will provide a schedule of seminars on January 12, 2015 for the 2015 gardening season.  Attend at least three seminars and report by October 1, 2015.

(Total instructional time is 56 hours)

MG in-person classes include the following topics:





Week 1

Feb. 3, 5, 7


MG program overview and orientation




Soils and fertilizers

Week 2

Feb. 10, 12, 14


Vegetable gardening in the Willamette Valley




Vegetation management for urban and rural settings

Week 3

Feb. 17, 19, 21






Fruit and berry crops in the Willamette Valley

Week 4

Feb. 24, 26, 28


Understanding pesticides




Care for woody ornamental landscape plants and lawns

Week 5

Mar. 3, 5, 7


Vertebrate pests




Integrated Pest Management

Week 6

Mar. 10, 12, 14


Volunteer orientation, resources, communications




Resource fair, networking, and potluck

Week 7

March 17, 19, 21


Plant problem diagnosis theory




Plant problem diagnosis practice


Saturday, November 7


Celebrate your success! Graduation, Harvest Party, Recertification

Attendance policy: Please plan to attend all of the sessions listed above (Week 6 is not required for the Certificate of Home Horticulture).  You can attend sessions at a different location/day of week to provide some flexibility in terms of attendance. 

How to apply for the Certificate of Home Horticulture

Register and pay for the course.  Select one of our three locations for the in-person training and answer applications questions.

  • Tuesdays February 3 – March 17 in Beaverton.
  • Thursdays February 5 – March 19 in Oregon City.
  • Saturdays February 7 – March 21 in NE Portland.

You will need to create an account with OSU PACE using your email address as your username and a password of your choice.  Keep your password handy to register for our workshop series starting January 12, 2015.  If you want to a paper-based application, please call 503-655-8631.

Cost of $695 includes six weeks in-person training, access to 14 online modules, two full-day workshops (choose from 20+ workshops; schedule available January 14, 2015), at least 3 gardening seminars, and final exam.  These components must be completed by September 30, 2015 in order to receive the Certificate of Home Horticulture.

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