Whether you love houseplants, growing vegetables in your community garden, or maintaining a beautiful flower garden, understanding the basics of plants can help you succeed! Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this online class will teach you about the science of plants (botany) and gardening (horticulture). Learn content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way.

Learning objectives include

  • Explain how a plant grows, including photosynthesis, transpiration, energy storage, and respiration
  • Identify and label the parts of a plant
  • Explain how a plant moves through its life cycle, including seed germination, plant development, and reproduction
  • Describe how plants are classified according to botanical characteristics, life cycle, and according to use and growth characteristics

How it Works

Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline. Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information. Online course materials will be available for the duration of the 2020 growing season.

Course contact

Laura B Vogel, 240-270-2477, lbvogel@umn.edu

Registration questions

Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

If you experience difficulties logging in

Contact the University of Minnesota IT Help Line at 612-301-4357. Please mention you are using a "guest account."

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