Horticulture Distance Learning Courses Through Cornell University

The world renowned Cornell University Department of Horticulture offers hands-on, online courses for gardeners and professionals.  All courses feature practical activities because the faculty believes learning by doing is key to any successful online horticulture course.

Web based instruction is a great way to learn about horticulture, but it is no substitute for acquiring skills by doing.  Dr. Ken Mudge began developing online courses more than 10 years ago for the Department of Horticulture.  You won’t just read about grafting, cutting and related propagation strategies.  Online lectures, virtual field trips, discussions and quizzes are among the activities that will engage you in the history, botanical principles, and horticultural applications.  Class size is limited.  To facilitate online discussion, a different topic is each week’s focus, but you can log on at your convenience anytime during the week.  The only prerequisites are a computer with an Internet connection and a willingness to learn.  Many online students have never taken an online course before.  Cornell provides a tutorial to familiarize you with the instructional web site, and is happy to help you through any technology problems you may encounter.  These courses do not carry academic credit, but upon completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion and qualify for Continuing Education Credit.

A new session begins January 25 and runs through March 15.  Two of the announced courses, Botanical Illustration I: Basic Drawing Techniques, and Botanical Illustration II: Working with Watercolor, each cost $500, and questions on the course may be sent to me14@cornell.edu.  Other proposed courses are Plant Propagation and Organic Gardening, tentatively scheduled for late winter.  To be notified about these two courses, email mw38@cornell.edu.  For complete information on Cornell’s online program, log on to www.cals.cornell.edu/cals/hort/teaching/distance-learning/.