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The Calgary Zoo Master Gardener Training Program
The Master Gardener program at the Calgary Zoo provides information for successful gardening in the Chinook Zone. This comprehensive and intensive course covers a wide variety of topics taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors from both the Zoo's horticultural staff and industry experts. Hands-on components are included wherever possible and the Zoo's plant collection supplements the teaching resources.
The course is suitable for those seeking to expand their gardening knowledge for personal or professional purposes and will give successful students Master Gardener status. The Program runs from November to March annually.
For more information go to www.calgaryzoo.com or contact Susan Blackwood, Botanical.
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 resumé, 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. The first class for 2016 will be on Wednesday February 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. 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.
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.