Registration for Foundations in Gardening 2023

Want to be a better gardener? Learn online with Extension! 

Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening is an online, complete-at-your-own-pace introductory course offered by the UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program. This course is designed for anyone who wants to level up their gardening skills! Participants will learn key concepts for selecting, growing, and maintaining plants – from trees to houseplants to vegetables and everything in between! The course runs from September 10 – December 9, 2023. 

At the end of the course, participants will  be able to:

  • Link gardening practices and biology to preventing plant problems.
  • Explain how to select, grow, and maintain the health of different kinds of plants.
  • Identify strategies to manage plant problems.
  • Explain what Integrated Pest Management is and how it benefits you and the environment.

This gardening course includes 14 modules with online videos featuring Extension specialists, readings, activities, and additional resources. Special course features include live webinars with Extension experts who teach and answer your questions. We know flexibility is important to our learners so all webinars are recorded for viewing when you have time! 

Dig deeper into important course concepts by registering for four optional online labs led by Extension educators. You’ll practice applying course concepts to real-life situations. All labs will be held via Zoom and are recorded for later viewing. The online labs are available for purchase for an additional fee.

If you are interested in becoming a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, this course is considered an approved learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program. Visit for more information.

Early Bird registration is open from July 17-August 14, 2023. Register at the Early Bird rate of $299, which includes an electronic version of manual (PDF). If you are in need of financial assistance, limited scholarships are available during Early Bird registration. Hard copies of the course manual are also available for purchase at time of registration. Find more information about this course at: 

Questions? Contact the course moderator, Amy Freidig at 

The UW-Madison’s Extension Horticulture Program provides research-based horticulture information to Wisconsinites so they can make gardening decisions that keep their plants healthy while protecting the environment. 

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