The next Master Gardener Course will start in Oct 25, 2022 and run until April 4, 2023 . This course will run on Tues & Thurs evenings from 7-9 pm, both in-person and online. Registration opens Aug 3, 2022.

The Master Gardener program is perfect for those interested in learning more about the art and science of gardening such as botany, plant identification and propagation, pest and weed management, sustainable gardening techniques and more. It is both theoretical and practical, taught by horticulturists, experienced practitioners and industry experts. Participants are encouraged to work together as a group in order to enhance knowledge and to solve problems. Different perspectives enrich the discussions and the learning experience. This non-credit program is designed to train volunteers who then can share their knowledge in the community.

Are you looking for a challenge?

The Master Gardener program provides a broad scientific base of knowledge for gardeners. Expert speakers will help bolster student understanding of garden care and enhancement.

Community participation

Participants network to share knowledge and create a community of like-minded learners. They will join a bigger body of Master Gardeners across the continent who have the knowledge and tools to provide gardening guidance and assistance to the public and institutions.

Program commitment

This program will challenge participants and requires a serious investment of time. Students are led through an intensive program with assignments, discussion posts and a volunteer practicum of forty hours. Each week students will be required to do some readings and reflections/discussion posts to help them prepare for and process course material as well as bi-weekly assignments.

Those students choosing to do the online option must have a computer with camera and be willing to turn on their camera for the duration of the class.

All students will be required to use an online platform at least once every 2 weeks to participate in online discussions as part of their marks.

Prerequisites

Required: Secondary (High School) Education is required. Some post-secondary school (education or experience) is an asset.

Recommended: Since the Master Gardener Program covers a variety of topics and is scientifically challenging, attending the prerequisite courses is recommended to help ease the transition into the program. The recommended prerequisite course is Introduction to Woody Plant ID which will run in September/October. Calgary Gardening Fundamentals and Garden Journaling are also courses that are helpful to any beginner/novice gardener wishing to take the Master Gardener Program in the future. They are run in spring.

Schedule

See the 2022/2023 program details and schedule

Location and Cost

In person classes will be held in the Rutland Park Sports Facility Meeting Room (3130 40 Avenue SW).

The online learning platform has yet to be determined.

Please note that the class (both online and in-person participants) will use an online learning platform to connect as a group. Discussion posts (on this platform) will be part of the course marking and therefore students will need to visit the platform at minimum every 2 weeks. This platform will also allow for the sharing of extra resources, homework (including questions about it) volunteer opportunities, job postings and any other pertinent opportunities. An invitation to the platform will be provided 2 weeks prior to class start.

Costs: $200 registration fee (due with application, non-refundable) + course fee:

Course fee:
$950 for both Part A and B together (due Sept 15).

or $525 for Part A only (due Sept 15. If student chooses to continue they would be charged another $525 to take Part B in 2023. Prices may change in subsequent years.)

Need a bit more information? Please refer to the FAQs or contact the coordinator: mastergardener@490244

Application Form

The online application form will be posted in July. Registration opens in August.

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