January to May 2022
Thursdays 6pm to 9pm and Sundays 9am to 12 noon
Please email [email protected] or use the button below to add your name to the interest list for 2022.
2022 Master Gardener Program
We are looking forward to the 2022 Master Gardener Program. We have learned so much in the past year and some positive changes have come out of the challenges experienced in 2021.
Congratulations to our class of 2021! We enjoyed having you in the program.
General Program Information
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 x 3-hour sessions that combine classroom and online instruction, home study, hands-on practicum, assignments and in-class projects. Guest lecturers add their knowledge, contributing immeasurably to the experience. Homework consists of 7 assignments taking an average of 6 – 10 hours each to complete.
What to expect for 2022
To ensure that the program is more resilient to changes brought on by Covid, we will be offering a blended approach. The program will be partly in person in the HCP classroom and partly online via Zoom. There will also be some practical components in the gardens and field trips.
With this in mind participants will need to be comfortable with using Zoom and have a computer and wifi that meets the requirements. Participants should also have some flexibility should we need to postpone, or reschedule classes (within reason) due to Covid. This may include reasons such as provincial health regulations or an instructor being ill.
Participants will also be required to comply with Covid safety protocols during in person classes based on provincial recommendations.
Download info sheet with tentative schedule HERE
January 30 – May 8, 2022
Tuesdays – 6pm – 9pm and Sundays 9am – 12pm
Online and in-person.
Registration for 2021
Spaces are limited and usually the course sells out within the first hour. Those on the interest list will have the first option to register. Registration can be done online or by phone. Registration links will be sent out ahead of time via email.
September 13 – Registration opens for those on the interest list
Registration fee – $75 (due on registration and non refundable for cancellations after October 18, 2021)
Fees – $795.00 (includes deposit) – payment deadline – November 1, 2021
Becoming a Master Gardener
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 24 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 – https://www.mgabc.org/content/victoria.