Master Gardeners are dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who answer gardening questions and offer horticultural advice to the public. Take a few minutes to watch this video about being a member of Master Gardeners of Ontario.
The Master Gardener program started in Washington in 1972. By 1991, Master Gardeners was operating in 45 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces. There are currently over 30 Master Gardener groups in Ontario!
Halton Region Master Gardeners are a group of enthusiastic gardeners living in the Ancaster, Burlington, Dundas, Georgetown, Milton, Hamilton and Oakville area. We have diverse horticultural backgrounds and love to share our passion for gardening!
Master Gardeners are expected to provide current and up-to-date advice and information to the gardening public.
In order to achieve this, Halton Region Master Gardeners engage in continuing education activities through:
- guest or member speakers who present topics of interest to the group at our monthly meetings
- our monthly newsletter, Cross Pollination
- one-day Technical Updates organized by local Master Gardener groups
- hands-on gardening workshops
Master Gardeners contribute 30 hours of service a year.
- interacting directly with the public offering horticulture advice
- answering questions at community events and online through social media and email
- writing articles for the newsletter, blog or a newspaper.
- creating social media content for Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts
- leading presentations or demonstrations
- assisting a community group with a horticultural activity
- providing a garden consult for a member of the public
- Administrative activities such as:
- attending meetings
- acting as a mentor to new MGiT’s;
- preparing for presentations to the public or garden clinics
- assisting with the management of a social media/email accounts or website
- editing, preparing or coordinating the distribution of the monthly newsletter
- taking on a leadership role such as Treasurer, Coordinator, New Member Coordinator or as a Community Liason
- organizing special events such as an educational program for Master Gardeners in Ontario