January to May 2021
Thursdays 6pm to 9pm and Sundays 9am to 12 noon
THE PROGRAM FOR 2021 IS FULL.
Please call 250 4796162 or use the button below to add your name to the interest list for 2022.
2021 Master Gardener Program
It has been a challenging 2020 and we are looking forward to moving to an updated format for the Master Gardener program in 2021. It is our priority to continue to provide high quality education as well as a safe learning environment for our participants, instructors and staff.
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 2021
To ensure that the program is more resilient to changes brought on by Covid, we will be offering a blended approach. The 2021 program will be partly in person and partly online via Zoom. Should conditions change with Covid, then we will move to a fully online program with adjustments to the schedule as needed.
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. These will include hand sanitizing, physical distancing and masks where physical distancing may not be possible. These protocols are subject to change as the province updates their recommendations.
In person classes will be held at the Gardens in a room which is large enough to allow each participant their own sanitized table and ensure that physical distancing requirements are met.
The schedule is tentative for the 2021 program. Please note which classes are in person and which classes will be online.
Registration for 2021
Spaces are limited and precedence will be given to participants from the 2020 class which was cancelled. Thereafter remaining spaces will be offered to those on the interest list. Any spaces left will be open to the general public.
Registration links will be sent out ahead of time via email.
September 1 – Registration for 2020 participants
October 1 – Registration for those on the interest list
October 12 – Registration opens for the general public
Registration fee – $75 (due on registration and non refundable for cancellations after November 23, 2020)
Fees – $795.00 (includes deposit)
Reduced Fees for 2020 class participants – $650.00 (includes deposit, but does not include books)
Note: Payment deadline for fees – January 14th, 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.