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Master Gardener

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Part-Time, Non-Credit Certificate Program

2017-18 Master Gardener Program
Saturdays, September 9, 2017 - March 10, 2018, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Calgary Zoo
(excludes October 7, November 11, December 23 and 30, February 17)

This program connects gardeners who share a passion for horticulture and want to expand their gardening knowledge.

For more Information: Click here to read the brochure
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, tours provided 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.


Instructor List

Click here for our list of instructors

Program Requirements

The program takes students through an intensive program with assignments, written examinations, a plant identification project, and a volunteer practicum of forty hours to be completed by August 1, 2018. This program requires an investment of time.


Secondary (High School) Education - some post-secondary school (education or experience) is an asset.

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!


Fee covers all program costs including lectures, tours, practicum supervision, supplies and photocopy costs.

Registration Fee: $200
Due with application (non-refundable)

Course Fee
: $1,000
Due with application

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

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

Application Instructions

Download and print 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.