Take that Next Step: Become a Master Gardener!
YOU NEED TO…
- Have a passion for gardening – of any kind (i.e., growing food, flowers, trees, wildflowers, pollinators, permaculture, design, botany, propagation, sustainability etc.).
- Enjoy ongoing learning from a variety of sources. Master Gardeners are continually building their knowledge and skills through informative speakers, reading, workshops and by working with others.
- Commit to 30 hours of volunteer work (20 hours working with the public and 10 hours administrative) each year as well as participate in annual educational programs.
- Participate as a Master Gardener in Training for up to 3 years while you complete the educational and volunteer requirements. Master Gardeners complete 3 – 4 online courses through either Guelph or Dahlhousie. In addition, you may choose the option to take a certification exam if you enjoy learning independently, have significant experience or other education in horticulture. Learn about the educational/certification requirements here.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO…
- Have horticulture training, university/college degree or achieve a Masters from a University.
- Be in the landscape industry. Most Master Gardeners are Home Gardeners who want to extend their knowledge through study and share their passion with other gardeners. However that said, we also welcome those with backgrounds in the landscape industry but the Master Gardener designation is not an accreditation and should not be a means to get new clients.
- Know everything about horticulture when you join Master Gardeners. Horticulture is a vast subject area encompassing a great deal of information. You’ll be amazed at all that you can learn!