Program Options

Become a Master Gardener

In response to urban growth and the increasing interest in gardening, Washington State University Cooperative Extension offered the first Master Gardener Program in 1973.   The concept of training volunteers was critical in these beginning stages to meet the high demand for gardening information. Dr. David Gibby was instrumental in developing a training curriculum for volunteers. As a result, Master Gardener Programs now operate throughout the United States and Canada.

Typically, extensive training promotes the use of Master Gardener Volunteers in assisting with class preparation, research, public speaking, problem solving, answering garden questions, facilitating group activities, preparing for garden tours, developing plant profiles and writing articles. To promote gardening, volunteers partner with community programs, gardens and educational organizations. The Master Gardeners Association of Alberta exists to support Master Gardeners in these endeavors, providing them with opportunities to learn, connect and grow!

The MGAA does not offer courses or Master Gardener Programs. The courses listed here are provided for your convenience. If you need more information or want to find a program closer to your home city you may contact one of the organizations listed or do an online search.

 

Stony Plain Multicultural Centre - Organic Master Gardener Program

The Organic Master Gardener program in Stony Plain is Alberta’s first and most extensive organic master gardener program. Under the umbrella of the Multicultural Heritage Centre, the program is geared to adult learners of all levels of gardening experience. From those absolutely brand new to the soil, to those who have years of experience in their own yards, or for those who want an addition to a résumé, the OMG program in Stony Plain is an excellent means to enjoyable learning. And this is a certificate program.

Students study about three times a month from February to October each year. Half of the 26 (3 hour) courses are from the Gaia College curriculum (www.gaiacollege.ca) the other half are locally developed courses, created for our north central Alberta soils and growing season.  Students receive no tests or exams, but are asked to compile a portfolio of work throughout the year

For a detailed syllabus, go to http://multicentre.org/education/organic-master-gardeners/ , or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  The University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden - Master Gardener Program 

The University of Alberta Devonian Botanic Garden offers a Master Gardener Certificate Program that runs Wednesdays September through April. The program focuses on classroom lectures, tours and an integrated practicum. Students learn practical and theoretical information on annuals, perennials, woody ornamentals, propagation, seeds, soils, plant diseases, integrated pest management, herbaria, botanical nomenclature and keys, lawns, landscaping, botany, plant physiology, weed identification, permaculture, pruning, Japanese Gardens, alpine gardens, tropical plants, roses, lilies, vegetables and herbs. Hands-on instruction is provided by horticultural professionals in a small, interactive classroom setting. The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive base of knowledge that will enable graduates to become more the gardeners they want to be. 

Visit http://www.devonian.ualberta.ca/EducationCourses/MasterGardenerCourse.aspx or direct inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Calgary Horticultural Society Master Gardener 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, 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.

Please visit https://www.calhort.org/calgary-horticultural-society/master-gardener.aspx for more information.