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 cstudies@unbc.ca, 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:
$900.00
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
Location:
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.