Master Gardener Program
Part-Time Non-Credit Certificate Program

2017-18 Master Gardener Program

Wednesdays, September 6, 2017 - April 18, 2018, 9 am to 3 pm

NOTE: THE 2017-18 Master Gardener Program is FULL. 

Applications for the 2018-19 Program will open April 1, 2018.

For serious hobby gardeners or individuals interested in a professional career in the horticulture industry, the Master Gardener Program will help you become the gardener you've always wanted to be.

Program Description
The program offers intensive theoretical and hands-on learning, through classroom lectures, tours and an integrated practicum, led by senior UABG horticulturists and industry experts, in the 240-acre setting of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. A small student-to-instructor ratio is designed to provide a high level of interaction between students and instructors.

Program Requirements
The program requires varied assignments, written examinations, a plant identification project, and practicum hours to be completed by the program end date. A self-directed practical component of twenty hours must be completed by August 1, 2018. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be issued a Master Gardener Certificate. Master Gardener graduates are required to contribute 10 hours per year in a volunteer capacity at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden in order to maintain their status.

Note: Applicants should be aware that study and assignments for the Master Gardener program require a significant investment of time. While it is possible to successfully complete the program requirements while employed full-time, it is not recommended.  


Secondary (High School) Education – some post-secondary school (education or experience) is an asset.  

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.


Fee covers the costs of all lectures, tours, practicum supervision, supplies and photocopy costs. Textbooks are extra cost. 

Registration Fee: $200. Due with application (non-refundable). 
Course Fee: $855. Due August 1, 2017 (refundable within one week of program commencement).

Application Information

A maximum of 32 students are accepted. This program fills quickly; early application is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Applications are reviewed prior to acceptance into the program. 

Applicants will be notified of acceptance within 10 business days of application.

A syllabus and booklist are provided prior to the beginning of the program.



Contact Us

Email or call (780) 492-3095

Topics include

  • Aboriculture
  • Alpine Gardens
  • Annuals
  • Biological Controls in the Greenhouse Environment
  • Botanical Nomenclature and Keys
  • Botany
  • Herbaria
  • Herbs
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Landscaping
  • Lawns
  • Lilies
  • Perennials
  • Permaculture
  • Plant Diseases
  • Plant Physiology
  • Propagation
  • Pruning
  • Roses
  • Seeds
  • Soils
  • Tropical Plants
  • Vegetables
  • Weed Identification
  • Woody Ornamentals

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