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Master Gardener

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Part-Time, Non-Credit Certificate Program
Program Description

The program is perfect for gardeners interested in learning more about the art and science of gardening and who might be looking for future volunteer opportunities in the community.

The program is both theoretical and practical. It includes classroom and hands-on learning delivered by horticulturists, experienced practitioners and industry experts. A volunteer practicum will take the participants from the status of MIT (Master Gardener in Training) to a Master Gardener.

Click here for the 2018 Master Gardener brochure.  

2018-19 Master Gardener Program Dates

This season the program has been split into 2 parts to provide more options for students taking the program. Students can choose to do their program over 1 or 2 years.

Master Gardener Progarm Part A

Topics: Climate, Soil and Soil Amendments, Plant groupings, Botany, General plant care, Houseplants, Lawn care and Irrigation

Saturday, Nov 17- Dec 8 and Jan 5 - 19; 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, Calgary Zoo


Wednesday, Nov 14 - Dec 12 and Jan 9 to 30; 9:30 am - 2 pm, Location TBD


Master Gardener Program Part B

Topics: Pathology, Insects, Non-insect pests, Weeds, IPM, Tree Care, Communications, Design overview, Greenhouses, Edibles, Flowering plants and Propagation 

Part A must be completed before Part B as this part builds on the knowledge from Part A. 

Saturday, Mar 9 to May 5 (excluding Easter), 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, Calgary Zoo


Wednesday, Mar 5 - May 15, 9:30 am - 2 pm, Location TBD


Recommended Prerequisites

While the only official prerequisite is a high school diploma, the scientific nature of the course can be intimidating and the program assumes a certain level of Calgary gardening experience. The following prerequisite courses offer students a gentler transition as well as further experience and techniques that can be utilised in the program. Courses from other institutions or significant gardening experience may serve as suitable alternatives.

Garden Journalling 

Mon, July 16, Olds Hort Week (See Olds website for time, course fee and details)


Sat, Sep 8, 1 pm - 4 pm, Society Office


Wed, Sep 12, 10 am - 1 pm, Society Office

Introduction to Woody Plant ID

Mon, Jul 16 - Jul 17, Olds Hort Week


Sat, Sep 15 - Oct 20 (excluding Thanksgiving), 9:30 am -12:30 pm, Location TBD


Wed, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 10 am - 1 pm, Location TBD

Calgary Garden Fundamentals 

Sat and Sun, Nov 3 - 4, 9:30 am - 2 pm (both days), Society Office

Please click here for prerequisite course descriptions.
Instructor List

Please check back for an instructor list closer to the course start dates

Program Requirements

The program takes students through an intensive program with assignments, written examinations, and a volunteer practicum of forty hours to be completed by August 1 the year they finish part B. This program requires an investment of time.


Applications will be considered until the course is full (40 participants per section) or until Nov 1.

Fee covers all program costs including lectures, tours, practicum, supervision, supplies and photocopy costs. Fee does not cover the cost of entrance to the zoo.

Registration Fee: $200
Due with application (non-refundable). This does not count towards the course fee. It covers administration, record keeping and final exam costs.

Course Fee

Part A&B paid together: $950 - payment in full required to hold spot in current offering 

Part A&B paid seperately: $525 each - payment in full required to hold spot in current offering of that part of the program. 

This program fills quickly; early application is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Please note the fee does not include the entrance to the zoo

Prerequisite courses are priced seperately, application form will be available soon.

Application Instructions

Click here for the application form.

Return the form via email, fax, or in person. Contact details are here.

Refund Policies


Withdrawals from the course must be submitted in writing and may be submitted by e-mail (; by fax (403-287-6986); or by mail or in person (208 50 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2S1). In order for you to be eligible for a full course fee refund, written withdrawal from the course must be received four (4) working days prior to the start date (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays). Cancellations received after that will NOT be refunded. Please quote your full name, address and phone number. Refunds may take up to two weeks to process.



The Society's mandate is to educate, promote and support gardening successfully in the chinook zone. It is driven by the belief that as the gardening community grows, the city's quality of life is enhanced, and so is the environment. We are thrilled to work with the Calgary Zoo to take over its well-established Master Gardener Program this September.

Come Grow with us!


Generously supported by 

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