How to Learn Horticulture Online


A degree in horticulture is useful for finding work at nurseries, arboretums and schools that teach horticulture. There are free on-line courses as well as schools that give advanced degrees to prepare for a career as a consultant, teacher or researcher. Many accredited universities and colleges offer on-line courses that lead to a bachelor or master's degree in horticultural science. Home gardeners can increase their knowledge and skills with on-line classes given by a variety of public and private gardens.

Find a School

Step 1

Determine which area of horticulture you are interested in. Foundations of ornamental plant growth, integrated pest management, organic home gardening, landscape design and plant diseases are a few specialty areas.

Step 2

Search online for the horticultural course subject by entering it in a search engine search box. Dogpile, Bing, AltaVista and Ask are alternates to Google. Make note of course offerings from established institutions and organizations with good reputations.

Step 3

Research each institution and course offering carefully. Some free online content is offered via streaming videos and others from PDF files. Make sure your computer is compatible with the technology used by the school of your choice.

Step 4

Contact a local country agriculture program for information about the Master Gardener Program. Master Gardeners are employed by state and country agriculture programs to give public workshops, maintain demonstration gardens and teach beginning gardeners( see Resources).

Tips and Warnings

  • Ask the admissions counselor of the on-line school you choose for a reference from a current or former student. Ask a local nursery owner if they have recommendations for on-line classes. Personal recommendations are often the most reliable.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer


  • Degree Directory: Where can I Find an Online Horticulture School?
  • Cornell University Extension: Horticulture Distance Learning

Who Can Help

  • University of Maryland: Master Gardener Program
  • The English Gardening School: Distance Learning
  • Education Portal: List of Free Online Horticulture Courses
Keywords: online horticulture classes, learn gardening online, gardening classes

About this Author

Joan Norton, M.A., is a licensed psychotherapist and professional writer in the field of women's spirituality. She blogs and has two published books on the subject of Mary Magdalene; "14 Steps To Awaken The Sacred Feminine:Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene," and "The Mary Magdalene Within."