40+ online gardening courses

There are TONS of great online gardening courses to help you learn more about how to garden. It’s incredibly rewarding to take an online class about plants during the winter months or to enroll in a floral arranging course when your flower garden is in full bloom.

List of online gardening courses

Here are 40+ of the best online gardening classes to consider enrolling in:

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Vegetable gardening – online courses

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Flower gardening – online courses

Garden design – online courses

Plant science – online courses

Specialty gardens – online courses

Now let’s look at these gardening courses in detail.

The Science of Gardening, by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott

The Science Of Gardening is an in-depth online course that explains the science behind cultivating plants taught by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott of Washington State University. This course covers how to choose trees and shrubs, best practices for garden planting, and how to maintain a healthy garden without harming the surrounding environment.

“The Science of Gardening shows how to create a beautiful and sustainable home garden guided by the newest information from applied plant physiology, biology, soils science, climatology, hydrology, chemistry, and ecology.”

The Science of Gardening, with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Wondrium/The Great Courses

Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D. is an author, award-winning horticulturist at Washington State University and gardening myth-buster with The Garden Professors. The Science Of Gardening, with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, is available from The Great Courses/Wondrium along with several other wonderful gardening courses.

Ron Finley Teaches Gardening, by Ron Finley

Ron Finley Teaches Gardening (MasterClass) is an introductory gardening course that teaches basic gardening skills to newer gardeners. This course covers community gardening, container gardening, and growing thriving herb and vegetable plants in gardens of all sizes.

“When Ron Finley first grew a garden on a curbside dirt strip, he got cited—and then a warrant was issued for his arrest. He fought back, got the laws changed, and started a movement.”

Ron Finley Teaches Gardening, Masterclass

Ron Finley is a gardening education expert and community activist focused on bringing healthy, inspiring edible plants to food deserts like South Central Los Angeles and beyond. Ron Finley Teaches Gardening is presented by MasterClass and included in their course catalog subscription.

How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons, by Melinda Myers

How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons is a beginner’s gardening course taught by Melinda Myers. This course covers a host of topics around growing food, including garden planning, healthy soil, garden design, and plant selection.

“Learn the fundamental rules of gardening in this clear and useful guide to growing taught by an award-winning horticulturalist.”

How to Grow Anything with Melinda Myers, The Great Courses

Melinda Myers is a horticulturist, certified arborist, gardening author, and educator known for her numerous columns, tv appearances, and gardening books. How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons, with Melinda Myers, is presented by The Great Courses/Wondrium alongside some other excellent online gardening video classes.

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I took an in-person master gardener program that used the washington state university manual as the instruction text

Online Master Gardener Course, by Signe Danler (Oregon State University)

The Online Master Gardener Course is an in-depth gardening course for future Master Gardener volunteers taught by Signe Danler for Oregon State University. The course covers basic botany, pest management, soil health, common gardening techniques, and sustainable landscaping.

“In this course you will learn about the art and the science of caring for plants. We examine plant types (e.g. woody, herbaceous), garden types (e.g. container, vegetable), and elements that influence the growth and vigor of plants in the home garden (e.g. pathogens, soils, insects, management decisions). We will also focus on the prevention and diagnosis of plant problems, as well as a least toxic approach to tolerating and/or managing plant problems in the home horticultural landscape.”

The Online Master Gardener Course, with Signe Danler, Oregon State University

Signe Danler is a Master Gardener and professional landscape designer focused on sustainable gardening and landscaping practices. The Online Master Gardener Course, with Signe Danler, is presented by Oregon State University.

Organic Gardening, by Chrys Gardener (Cornell University)

Organic Gardening is an in-depth introduction to organic gardening course presented by Cornell University, taught by Chrys Gardener. This garden class is all about the basics of small-scale organic gardening, for both new and more experienced gardeners. Organic Gardening from Cornell Distance Learning covers site design, garden planning, mulch, organic pest management, long-term landscaping, and suggested resources for further study.

“The course has a strong foundation in soil health and its impact on plant health and a whole systems approach to gardening. The course also explores various techniques for growing different kinds of garden plants – annuals and perennials, food plants and ornamentals.”

Organic Gardening, from Cornell Distance Learning, Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section

Chrys Gardener is a retired horticultural educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). She now runs a farm-stay AirBnB, hosts garden tours to Ireland, and teaches distance education courses for Cornell University. Organic Gardening, from Cornell Distance Learning, is presented by the Horticulture Section of Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science.

Joe Gardener Online Gardening Academy, with Joe Lamp’l

Joe Gardener Online Gardening Academy is a collection of online gardening courses taught by Joe Lamp’l. Courses include “Master Pests, Diseases & Weeds”, “Master Seed Starting”, and “Essential Gardening Fundamentals”. Different courses are open on different dates.

“Long-time national gardening expert Joe Lamp’l is your guide to teach you how to grow your own food and have a healthy, thriving landscape. He’s a pro at showing you the ropes – with easy-to-understand information, demonstration videos and expert resources.”

Organic Gardening Academy

Joe Lamp’l is a TV gardening expert, author, and gardening podcaster. Joe Gardener Online Gardening Academy, with Joe Lamp’l, is offered through the Teachable platform.

Gardenary’s Kitchen Garden Academy, by Nicole Burke

Gardenary’s Kitchen Garden Academy is an in-depth food gardening e-course taught by Nicole Burke. This course also includes a student community to interact with other home gardeners.

“Kitchen Garden Academy is the most comprehensive program for setting up, planting, and growing your organic kitchen garden.”


Nicole Burke is a professional garden coach, gardening author, and Instagram influencer. Gardenary’s Kitchen Garden Academy is the flagship Gardenary course offering, supported by her herb gardening course and garden coaching course.

Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space Solutions, by Jodi Torpey

Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space Solutions is an online gardening class all about maximizing the impact of a small garden, taught by Jodi Torpey. This course includes sun surveying, container gardening, vertical gardening, and working with your environment.

“Maximize the impact of your small garden with guidance from garden writer and renowned instructor Jodi Torpey! Get started by learning where to plant your garden using a sun survey for optimal results. Then, from smart pots to self-watering containers, discover best practices for popular container gardening.”

Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space Solutions, with Jodi Torpey, Craftsy

Jodi Torpey is an American gardening writer and educator. Vegetable Gardening: Innovative Small-Space Solutions is presented by the online course website Craftsy.

Self-Sufficient Veg Gardening, by Sally Nex

Self-Sufficient Veg Gardening is an online gardening course all about growing your own supply of fruit and vegetables, taught by Sally Nex. This self-sufficiency gardening course covers crop selection, land management, and preparedness for lean seasons such as early spring.

“If you’ve got the veg-growing bug, it won’t be long before you’ll want to grow more and more, and enjoy the fruits of your labour all year long. This course takes you right through the growing year, and explores the best ways to make the most of your garden so you can enjoy the superb flavours and freshness of home grown fruit and vegetables, no matter what the season.”

Self-Sufficient Veg Gardening, by Sally Nex, Learning with Experts

Sally Nex is a former BBC journalist who is now a horticulturalist and garden writer. She is a contributor to major gardening publications such as Gardeners World Magazine. Self-Sufficient Veg Gardening, by Sally Nex, is presented by Learning with Experts.

The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening, by Rick Stone

The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening is a short introductory online course about the basics of vegetable gardening taught by Rick Stone. This course covers different types of gardens, caring for a vegetable garden, seasonal tasks, seeds for a vegetable garden, and garden planning.

“In this Vegetable Gardening Basics course you will learn where to put your garden, when to plant it and what are some of the easiest veggies to grow. The course is designed to teach the new gardener the basics to get started.”

The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening, with Rick Stone, Udemy

Rick Stone is a Master Gardener in Utah. The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening, with Rick Stone is available on Udemy.

Vegetable Gardening, by Teena Spindler

Vegetable Gardening: How to Grow Healthy, Fresh Food at Home is an introductory course for learning to grow vegetables taught by Teena Spindler. The course covers the basic steps of creating an edible garden, including plant selection, soil preparation, and organic gardening techniques.

“This is a step by step course that takes you through the process of creating an edible garden for any size garden: apartment or condominium balconies or patios, small or large backyards, or a plot in a community garden.”

Vegetable Gardening: How to Grow Healthy, Fresh Food at Home, with Teena Spindler, Udemy

Teena Spindler is an American Master Gardener, Home Depot Gardeniere, and founder of Farm + Food Lab garden at the Orange County Great Park. Vegetable Gardening: How to Grow Healthy, Fresh Food at Home, with Teena Spindler is available on Udemy.

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes, with Marie Iannotti

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes is an intermediate course for avid tomato gardeners, taught by Marie Iannotti. This online class covers the botanical essentials of the tomato plant, effective seed-starting, providing tomato plants with the optimal growing environment, tomato plant care, and special tomato growing techniques such as small-space gardening.

“Throughout this class, you’ll get the techniques and tips you need to enjoy a bountiful harvest of heirloom tomatoes, with instruction from expert gardener Marie Iannotti. Learn about unique heirloom varieties, and discover which type will grow best in your geographic area”

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes, with Marie Iannotti, Craftsy

Marie Iannotti is a master gardener, gardening author, and educator. Growing Heirloom Tomatoes is offered as an online class by Craftsy.

The Cutting Garden, by Charlie Ryrie

The Cutting Garden is an introductory course in starting and maintaining a garden of flowers to harvest for arrangements, taught by Charlie Ryrie. This course covers planning and preparing for your cut flower garden, growing ornamental plants for blooms and foliage, seasonal feature plants, tending the cutting garden, and using your cut flowers effectively as a home florist.

“This course is for gardeners wanting to grow plants for the vase for their home, or for garden gate sales. It is aimed at those with some basic gardening experience who would like to develop their skills, and for garden designers who would like to create cutting gardens for their clients. You will be given the tools to start from scratch, and ideas for transforming an existing garden into a successful cutting plot.”

The Cutting Garden, with Charlie Ryrie, Learning with Experts

Charlie Ryrie is a former journalist, farmer florist, and founder of The Real Cut Flower Garden. The Cutting Garden, with Charlie Ryrie, is presented by Learning with Experts.

A Gardener’s Guide to Growing Roses, by Paul Zimmerman

A Gardener’s Guide To Growing Roses is an intermediate online gardening class focused specifically on growing roses, taught by Paul Zimmerman. This course covers rose health, shopping for the best rose plants, planting tips, and seasonal care such as watering, pruning, feeding, and preparing roses for winter.

“Uncover the secrets to the garden roses of your dreams with expert guidance from Paul Zimmerman, the owner of Paul Zimmerman Roses and exclusive rose consultant to the Biltmore Estate.”

A Gardener’s Guide to Growing Roses, with Paul Zimmerman

Paul Zimmerman is an American rose expert known for his gardening column and YouTube channel. A Gardener’s Guide To Growing Roses is available from Craftsy.

The Flower Kitchen, by Carly Cylinder

The Flower Kitchen is an introductory online floral arranging course taught by Carly Cylinder. The course covers how to create garden-rustic tablescapes, fresh garlands, Instagram-ready flower crowns, and bouquets of various styles.

“You don’t have to be a celebrity to surround yourself with beautiful blooms! In this original series, floral artist Carly Cylinder demonstrates easy, approachable methods to building breathtaking bouquets in your own kitchen. You’ll learn how to visualize arrangements, pick the perfect blooms and expertly style them.”

The Flower Kitchen, with Carly Cylinder, Craftsy

Carly Cylinder is an American floral artist, Instagrammer, entrepreneur, and coach known as “The Flower Chef.” The Flower Kitchen class is offered online by Craftsy.

An Introduction to Botany, by Dr. Catherine Kleier

Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany is a foundational course in the science of botany taught by Dr. Catherine Kleier. This course covers the vast range of plant adaptations, plant processes such as photosynthesis, and symbiotic relationships between plants, bacteria, and fungi.

“As Dr. Kleier shares her tremendous depth of knowledge with contagious excitement for her subject—supported by fascinating graphics and in-studio demonstrations—she emphasizes the “stories” of plants themselves: Without neglecting genetics or cell microbiology, or larger ecosystems and habitats, her primary emphasis is always on how plants we see all around us live and adapt.”

An Introduction to Botany, with Dr. Catherine Kleier, The Great Courses Plus

Catherine Kleier, Ph.D. is an American professor of biology specializing in botany and plant pathology. Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany, with Dr. Catherine Kleier, is presented by The Great Courses/Wondrium.

Happy Houseplants, with Chris Satch (The Sill)

Happy Houseplants: Caring For Your Plants is an online course about caring for your indoor plants, taught by Chris Satch of The Sill. The course covers potting and re-potting houseplants, regular plant care routines, and ways to help houseplants grow and thrive.

“Plants heighten our creativity, happiness, and even oxygen levels — and this class will give you everything you need to pot and care for your plants so they live long, healthy, and prosperous lives!”

Happy Houseplants: Caring For Your Plants 

Christopher Satch is an NYC-based professional botanist known for his teaching at the New York Botanical Gardens, The Sill, and popular Instagram accountHappy Houseplants: Caring For Your Plants, with Chris Satch is offered by Skillshare Online Courses.

Houseplant Masterclass, by Summer Rayne Oakes

Houseplant Masterclass is an in-depth e-course about indoor plants taught by Summer Rayne Oakes. The course includes houseplant growing, care, and cultivation, as well as botanical plant names and a private Facebook community for members.

“Ever dream of having one of those dreamy houseplant homes? Yes, us too. But before you blow your bank account at that fancy plant shop down the street, we want to help you make sure you know your plants. Like REALLY know your plants.”

Houseplant Masterclass

Summer Rayne Oakes is an urban gardening expert, houseplant YouTuber, Instagrammer, and author. Houseplant Masterclass is a project of Homestead Brooklyn.

Succulent Lovers Club, with Cassidy Tuttle

Succulent Lovers Club is a monthly subscription membership about succulents hosted and taught by Cassidy Tuttle. The membership includes detailed care information for succulents (including rare types), regular live video Q&A chats, and a private Facebook group.

“The Succulent Lovers Club is all about learning, having fun, and loving every minute of growing succulents. Your significant other or family might not “get it” and that’s ok, we do!”

Succulents & Sunshine

Cassidy Tuttle is a succulent plant expert, popular blogger, and author. Succulent Lovers Club is offered on Cassidy’s website Succulents and Sunshine.

Gardening for Wildlife, with Andy McIndoe

Gardening for Wildlife is an online course that teaches wildlife-friendly gardening, taught by Andy McIndoe. This garden class shows how to support pollinators and native plants while still having a beautiful garden. Gardening for Wildlife covers landscaping for wildlife with trees and shrubs, providing wildlife food such as nectar, pollen, and seeds, and how to create wildlife habitats with garden features such as ponds, insect houses, nesting boxes, and various plants.

“Gardening for wildlife doesn’t mean you have to cultivate a wilderness. With a basic understanding of planting and maintenance, it’s possible to create a haven for wildlife and still have an attractive, appealing garden.”

Gardening for Wildlife, with Andy McIndoe, Learning with Experts in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Andy McIndoe is a British horticulturalist known for his many prize-winning exhibits at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Gardening for Wildlife, with Andy McIndoe is presented by Learning with Experts in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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