ProHort Education Program

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ProHort Education is available to garden center employees, green industry professionals and anyone wanting to obtain in-depth information on landscaping, garden maintenance, and lawn care. A participant who attends all classes and passes a proficiency test will receive a certificate of completion of ProHort Education which can be displayed in their place of business.


  • Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties
  • 8015 West Center Road 68124


  • Entire Course: $460 which includes the price of the handbook. Additional employees from the same company are $400.
  • Per-session: $60 one-day session. $30 per half-day session (please indicate morning or afternoon). This price does not include the handbook.

2020 ProHort Education Schedule

Date | Time Topic Instructor
Feb. 7: 9 a.m. - Noon Introduction to Shrubs Bob Henrickson, Assistant Director of Horticulture Programs
Feb. 7: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Introduction to Soils Molly Hadan, Metro Community College Horticulture Adjunct Instructor
Feb. 14: 9 a.m. - Noon Lawn & Landscape Weed Management Dr. Roch Gaussoin, Turfgrass Specialist
Feb. 14: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Turfgrass Management John Fech, Nebraska Extension Educator Douglas-Sarpy Co.
Feb. 21: 9 a.m. - Noon Tree Basics Graham Herbst, Community Forester - Nebraska Forest Service
Feb. 21: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Pests & Problems of Trees Laurie Stepanek & David Olson, Forest Health Specialist - Nebraska Forest Service
Feb. 28: 9 a.m. - Noon Introduction to Landscape Design Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Educator - Dodge Co.
Feb. 28: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Landscape Solutions and Sustainability Steve Rodie, Professor, Biology & Environmental Studies
Mar. 6: 9 a.m. - Noon Introduction to Vegetable Gardening John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator Douglas-Sarpy Co.
Mar. 6: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Home Fruit-Vegetable Pests & Diseases Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator - Lancaster Co.
Mar. 13: 9 a.m. - Noon Entomology Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Educator - Douglas-Sarpy Counties
Mar. 13: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Basic Botany Scott Evans, Horticulture Program Coordinator Douglas-Sarpy Co.
*Mar. 20: 9 a.m. - Noon Pest Management Approaches Dr. Larry Schulze, Professor Emeritus - Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture
*Mar. 20: 1 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pest Management Approaches Dr. Larry Schulze, Professor Emeritus - Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture
*Mar. 22: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. TBA TBA
*Potluck Snack Day
Mar. 27 SNOW DATE Make-up day for classes cancelled due to snow
Jun. 12: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Plant Diagnostic Clinic Kyle Broderick, Plant & Pest Diagnostic Extension Educator

Topics are subject to change. Please be environmentally friendly and bring your own coffee cup. March 20th is Potluck Snack Day—you may bring a snack to share. Classes will be cancelled only in the event of a severe weather event, such as several inches of snow. Call (402) 444-7894 after 7:30 a.m. for a recording or call the switchboard at (402) 444-7804 after 8 a.m. Classes are unlikely to be cancelled for 1 to 2 inches of snow.