Master Gardener Basic Training

Master Gardener Basic Training

This 13-day intensive program provides the home gardener with a broad range of skills to successfully propagate and grow perennials, annuals and vegetables in a northern climate. Offered in collaboration with the David Douglas Botanical Garden Society, this program will be facilitated by experts from both UNBC and the DDBGS.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Master Gardener Basic Training course for 2017 is now full. If you are interested in enrolling for the 2018 session, please email us at, and we'll be sure to add you to our interest list for 2018. Thank you.*

Learning Outcomes:
  • Basic Botany and Nomenclature - recognize internal and external parts of plants to understand their life cycle and nurture their growth
  • Soil Science - understand soils and web of life, essential to good gardening
  • Home Garden I - systems of growing and propagating vegetables and herbs
  • Home Garden II - Annuals, mulching and water management
  • Perennials - explore how to grow propagate and identify perennials, a key element in gardening
  • Woody Plants - examine these important plants and how to achieve their survival in the winter
  • Composting & Vermiculture - manage one the garden's most valuable assets: organic matter
  • Integrated Pest Management - understand why plants end up with insect and disease problems, to identify, prevent and treat these problems
  • Greenhouses and Cold Frames - explore opportunities to enhance the growing season in Prince George
  • Landscape Design I - bring together all the units you have examined to date
  • Landscape Design II - present designs to class
  • Pruning - discover the when, why and how of pruning
Price Includes:
  • Textbooks: Making More Plants, Ken Druse; Life in the Soil, James Nardini;Canadian Home and Garden Pest Management Guide;Master Gardener Manual (facsimilie), Washington State University
Prince George

Course Requirements

After finishing the classroom portion of the training, students must log 70 hours within a two-year period to be certified as a "Master Gardener". Master Gardeners assist in horticultural education within the community in many ways: providing gardening clinics, lectures and demonstrations, working on research projects, working on school and community gardening projects, and much more.