February to May 2019
Thursdays 6pm to 9pm and Sundays 9am to 12 noon
**Registration for 2019 opens in July 2018.**
Lifelong learning is at the heart of the Victoria Master Gardener Association, the idea that no one can possibly know it all; that there is no shame in saying “I don’t know but I know who to ask”. Amazing gardeners here at the HCP say it all the time. The thing is you have to start somewhere and the Master Gardener Program is the place. You will learn current, reliable home gardening basics – the framework to pin everything else to. You will also learn how to look it up, who to ask and how to share that knowledge of sound, environmentally responsible gardening practices with the community.
The course is taught at the HCP by a Pacific Horticulture College instructors and Master Gardeners and consists of 26 3-hour sessions that combine classroom instruction, home study, hands-on practicum, assignments and in-class projects. Guest lecturers add their knowledge, contributing immeasurably to the experience. The cost including all handouts and texts is $745.00.
Following the completion of the classroom course, graduates can become members of the Victoria Master Gardener Association (VMGA) as a Master Gardener in Training. To receive Master Gardener Certification completion of 60 hours of volunteer training over a 18 month period is required.
Master Gardeners combine a passion for gardening and the dedication to share their knowledge with the community. As part of an international, non-profit organization, the main focus of the VMGA volunteers is towards educating the home gardener through answering gardening questions at clinics at assorted gardening events, nurseries, fairs etc. throughout the south island community; participating in a choice of a wide variety of community outreach projects, i.e. the Junior Master Gardener Program, and researching and writing horticulture articles and resource materials of interest to gardeners. Gardening education opportunities for members are ongoing.
Please click this link to download the schedule for 2018. The 2019 Schedule will be posted soon.
Becoming a Master Gardener after completion of the program
Once you complete the course, you have the option to go on and become a Master Gardener. Note that this is optional and not a requirement when you complete the course.
What is a Master Gardener and what does a Master Gardener do?
Master Gardeners combine a passion for gardening and the dedication to share their knowledge with the community. As part of an international, non-profit organization, all Master Gardeners are volunteers and offer their knowledge in many venues. To become a Master Gardener, you first qualify to be a Master Gardener in Training (MGIT) and then become qualified as a Master Gardener, following a period of further education and volunteering.
Qualification as a Master Gardener in Training (MGIT)
• Attendance (80% of classes)
• Assignments (complete a minimum of 80%)
• Final open book exam (minimum grade of 80%)
To become a Certified Master Gardener:
Volunteer hours are the cornerstone of certification. In the first 18 months after completing the basic training course, MGITs complete a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer hours in such activities as gardening events, seminars, fairs, plant sales, nursery clinics, workshops, demonstrations, community projects, research and writing and fundraising events. Once certification has been obtained, the number of clinic hours /year is reduced. In addition to volunteer hours, members attend regular meetings and commit to on-going education.
A full description of the program can be found at http://mgabc.org/content/14-become-master-gardener/
Visit the Victoria Master Gardener Association website for more information.