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Woody Plant ID

Part-Time, Non-Credit Certificate Program

2018 Woody Plant ID program
Saturdays, March 24, 2018 - May 12, 2018, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Calgary Zoo
(excludes March 31 and April 14, 2018)

This program connects gardeners who want to gain a good understanding of trees and shrubs that are grown in the Calgary area. This program is affiliated to the Master Gardener program delivered by the Calgary Horticultural Society. 

Program Description

The Woody Plant ID Course emphasizes learning three or four key plant features for the identification purposes of 50 or more woody plants.  General landscape uses, diseases, requirements and cultivars of interest will be covered in lecture as well.

The course will involve an extensive amount of outdoor activity, examining botanical specimens throughout the Calgary Zoo with the help of knowledgeable volunteers and instructors.

The initial class will cover ID features and botanical (Latin) naming as well as provide the opportunity to practice identifying a few plants. The following four classes will be focused on identifying plants on zoo grounds, ending with lecture to supplement plant information. The final class will consist of an exam and final lecture. A detailed course schedule can be found here.

This program is fairly intensive with the requirement to learn a large number of plants along with Latin nomenclature. Most people will require a minimum amount of additional study time equivalent to the hours spent in class. Most classes will include a written quiz on previously studied material to provide feedback to each individual on their progress.  



Woody Plant ID is designed for persons interested in recognizing common species of trees and shrubs (both native and ornamental) growing in Calgary and surrounding areas. Correctly identifying trees and shrubs is important for matching plant with planting environment and providing proper care. This course can provide a basic foundation of knowledge for those working in/intending to work in nurseries, arboriculture or landscape design. 



Erin Mortreuil, Production and IPM Manager for Eagle Lake Nurseries will be instructing this course.

She has two diplomas from Olds College in Production Horticulture and Arboriculture and is also involved in the industry as the secretary for the Nursery Producers Group and the chair of the Nursery Producers auction committee. 


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

Course Fee: $320
Due with application

Please note we are delivering this class at the Calgary Zoo and an entrance to zoo is not included in the fee. Please visit the Calgary Zoo's website to get your tickets or membership. 

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

Application Instructions

Download and print the application form

Deadline to submit application is March 12, 2018. 
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 after that will not be refunded. Refunds may take up to two weeks to process.  

Please quote: your full name, address and phone number. All withdrawal refunds are subject to an administration fee of $50 of course fee.