Part-Time, Non-Credit Certificate Program
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
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
Saturday, Nov 17- Dec 8 and Jan 5 - 19; 9:30 am - 3:30 pm,
Wednesday, Nov 14 - Dec 12 and Jan 9 to 30; 9:30 am - 2 pm,
Master Gardener Program Part B
Topics: Pathology, Insects, Non-insect
pests, Weeds, IPM, Tree Care, Communications, Design overview,
Greenhouses, Edibles, Flowering plants and
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,
Wednesday, Mar 5 - May 15, 9:30 am - 2 pm, Location TBD
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
Mon, July 16,
Olds Hort Week (See Olds website for time, course fee and
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
Please click here for prerequisite course
Please check back for an instructor list closer to the course
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.
APPLICATION OPENING: May 1, 2018
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
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
This program fills quickly; early application is recommended to
Please note the fee does not include the entrance to the
Prerequisite courses are priced seperately, application
form will be available soon.
Click here for the application form.
Return the form via email, fax, or in person. Contact details
Withdrawals from the course must be submitted in writing and may
be submitted by e-mail (email@example.com); 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!
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