Master Gardener Program

2016-17 Master Gardener Program

Part-Time Non-Credit Certificate Program

Wednesdays, September 7, 2016 - April 19, 2017, 8:30 am to 4 pm. 

The program will focus on classroom lectures, tours and an integrated practicum. Students learn practical and theoretical information regarding the following topics: annuals, perennials, woody ornamentals, propagation, seeds, soils, plant diseases, integrated pest management, biological controls in the greenhouse environment, herbaria, botanical nomenclature and keys, lawns, landscaping, botany, plant physiology, weed identification, pruning, Japanese gardens, alpine gardens, tropical plants, roses, lilies, vegetables, aboriculture, permaculture and herbs.

The program requires varied assignments, written examinations, a plant identification project, and practicum hours to be completed by the program end date. Instructors is provided by DBG staff and other industry professionals. The small student to instructor ratio in the program is designed to provide an intense level of interaction between students and instructors. 

A self-directed practical component of twenty hours must be completed by August 1, 2017. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be issued a Master Gardener Certificate.  

A maximum of 32 students are accepted in this program, therefore, you are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid disapointment.

The application deadline is August 1, 2016. 


Secondary (High School) Education – some post secondary school (education or experience) would be an asset. Applications are reviewed prior to acceptance into the program. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with a syllabus and booklist.

Program Goals

  • To provide training necessary to proficiently share information with the gardening public (through special event days & public information)
  • To provide a comprehensive base of knowledge that will enable graduates to become more informed gardeners


$1055 fee covers the costs of all lectures, tours, practicum supervision, supplies and photocopy costs. 

A $200 registration fee is due with the application and applied to the overall cost of the program.  Fees for the application are only charged upon acceptance into the program. You will not be charged if you are not accepted into the program.

The first installment of $655 is due on August 1, 2016 and is only refundable within one week of the program commencement. The final installment of $200.00 is due and payable on November 1, 2016. 

Text Books are an extra cost. A Book List and Program Syllabus will be sent to successful applicants. 

Cheques should be made payable to the "University of Alberta".

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For information:

 Email or call (780) 987-3054 ext. 2229